|[August 13, 2014]
Life Science Tennessee Now Accepting Venture Forum Applications
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --(Business Wire)--
Life Science Tennessee (LifeSciTN) announced today a call for
applications for the third annual Venture Forum to be held during the
2014 LifeSciTN Annual Conference and Venture Forum at the Downtown
Doubletree Hotel in Nashville, October 20-22. The conference and forum
bring together industry experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, investors
and other stakeholders during the event.
This one-of-a-kind pitch competition for Tennessee's emerging life
science companies is specifically designed to offer exposure,
networking, investment opportunities and valuable feedback to early
stage companies from across life science industry sectors.
"This third Venture Forum is an exciting opportunity for emerging life
science companies in the Southeast to experience Life Science
Tennessee's support of emerging companies in action," said Dr. Sam
Lynch, Chairman of Lynch Biologics and the Life Science Tennessee Board.
Lynch is the founder and former president and CEO of BioMimetic
Therapeutics, which he led from founding to IPO to ultimate sale of the
"Presenting companies will receive an unprecedented opportunity for
exposure and feedback from highly experienced and skilled life science
investors and executives, and gain access to a variety of services that
can facilitate the growth of their companies. The mentors, judges,
sponsors and supporters with which the participating companies will
interact are all members of the vibrant life science ecosystem that is
thriving in Tennessee," said Lynch.
For the first time this year, the Venture Forum winner is guaranteed an
opportunity to present at the Southeast Bio Investor and Partnering
Forum (SEBio), a regional forum for life science companies and investors
that regularly attracts more than 100 private equity investors.
The full list of prizes includes:
$5,000 cash prize courtesy of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP
Development and production of a five-minute pitch video courtesy of
Benchfly, a science video production platform designed by research and
An opportunity to have a company video showased during the opening
reception of the regional Southeast Bio Investor & Partnering Forum in
Atlanta, November 11 (SEBio)
Two complimentary registrations to LaunchTN's Southland, summer of 2015
Start-up corporate legal package, courtesy of Waller Lansden Dortch &
Full day of strategic planning, financial analysis, and/or business
valuation consulting courtesy of Kraft Analytics
Preclinical development map courtesy of TriMetis, valued at $5,000
Interested companies are asked to submit an application. One month prior
to the pitch day, those selected to present will be paired with a mentor
who will offer advice on refining their business models and perfecting
their pitch presentations. Presenting companies will pitch in front of
the Life Science Tennessee Annual Conference and Venture Forum audience
in Nashville, October 21. Representatives of the four TNInvestcos,
venture capital firms that regularly invest in the life sciences, will
serve on the judges' panel. In addition to the Q&A panel during the
session, companies will be given one-on-one time with investors for
additional feedback. Investment decisions are made independently from
the Venture Forum selection and judging process.
The application window is open July 28 through September 8, 2014.
To be eligible for the competition, companies must be incorporated and
based in Tennessee, or willing to do so. Companies may have received
prior seed funding, but no series A venture capital financing. Strong
candidates will demonstrate:
a clearly defined understanding of a market need and how the
innovation addresses the need;
a clear plan for developing the innovation into a commercial
proposition, including any regulatory pathways; and
a plan of overall risk reduction and marker assessments that are
specific to the innovation.
A total of five companies will be chosen to present at the conference in
July 28 Application window opens
September 8 Application window
September 22 Participants announced and paired with mentors
21 Pitch Presentations at the Life Science Tennessee Conference and
For more information on the Venture Forum, contact Sally Anderson Parker
at 615-242-8856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the
LifeSciTN Annual Conference and Venture Forum click here.
To apply to the Venture
Forum click here.
About Life Science Tennessee:
Life Science Tennessee is a statewide, non-profit, member organization
representing all organizations involved in the life sciences in
Tennessee, from leading research institutions to early stage companies,
to international Fortune 500 medical device and pharmaceutical
businesses to advisors for the industry. Together with our stakeholders
and policy makers, we diligently work to create a greater understanding
of, and support for, the life sciences thereby helping to create an
environment in which this industry can flourish in Tennessee. LifeSciTN
members and life sciences companies are located in all nine geographical
regions of Tennessee and include industry subsectors: biotechnology,
pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, agricultural biosciences,
research and educational institutions, clinical research organizations
and other related activities.
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