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:
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 total of five companies will be chosen to present at the conference in
July 28 Application window opensSeptember 8 Application window
closesSeptember 22 Participants announced and paired with mentorsOctober
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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