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BioFest inVEST

MAY 19, 2021 8:30am – 5pm (Virtual Event)

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Watch the 2021 BioFest Invest Program!

What is BioFest Invest?

BioFest Invest is an annual spring event that brings together potential investors from across the nation and Texas bioscience companies seeking investment funding, while sharing best practices, connections, and valuable advice. After a rigorous screening process, invited companies are able to present their pitch decks. Investors are able to view company pitches and connect with company representatives live or after the event. Attendees also have access to speakers and panelists on valuable topics relevant to bioscience companies. One-on-one networking meetings are available throughout the event.

For more information on BioMedSA membership ($250 for bioscience companies with less than 20 employees), click here.

Companies Selected

After a rigorous screening process, the following companies from across Texas were selected to present. (Click any of the images below to visit the company’s website)

What is BioFest Invest?

BioFest Invest is an annual spring event that brings together potential investors from across the nation and Texas bioscience companies seeking investment funding, while sharing best practices, connections, and valuable advice. After a rigorous screening process, invited companies are able to present their pitch decks. Investors are able to view company pitches and connect with company representatives live or after the event. Attendees also have access to speakers and panelists on valuable topics relevant to bioscience companies. One-on-one networking meetings are available throughout the event.

For more information on BioMedSA membership ($250 for bioscience companies with less than 20 employees), click here.

2021 Program Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 – Introduction

9:00 – 9:45 – Early Start-ups: Tales from the Front Lines

9:45 – 10:15 – Equity Basics and Trends for Entrepreneurs

10:15 – 11:00 – Find Funding in San Antonio

11:00 – 11:30 – Lab Space Logistics

11:30 – 1:00Live interactions with Selected Companies seeking investment

1:00 – 2:00 – What is Military Medicine in San Antonio?

2:00 – 2:45 – Help me Work with the Military.

2:45 – 3:30 – Start-up Support in San Antonio that may surprise you.

3:30 – 4:00 – What Makes an Effective CEO?

4:00 – 5:00 – Who can help me with research and technical issues?

Companies

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    Create your pitch video (15 minutes max.) and post it on Youtube or Vimeo (can be an unlisted post)
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    Fill out application
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    Upon acceptance, submit payment ($150 for BioMedSA, BioHouston, BioAustin, BioNTX, and Bio El Paso-Juarez members / $250 for non-members)
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    Register attendees from your company
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    Plan for a company representative to attend the booth during the conference to answer questions

We are no longer accepting applications.  You are still welcome to register for the event.  

Investors

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    Register to attend as an investor
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    You will be sent a link to the company information prior to the event
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    Review the company information, as desired
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    During the event, click on the company names to view their pitches and chat with representatives

Attendees

Sponsors

2021 SILVER SPONSORS

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2021 COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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2021 BioFest Invest Program

8:30 – 9:00 AM – Introduction

  • Heather Hanson, President, BioMedSA
  • Mayor Ron Nirenberg, City of San Antonio

9:00 – 9:45 – Early Start-ups: Tales from the Front Lines

Avoid mistakes and persevere through the scary times with advice from an experienced entrepreneur on money, leadership, and surprises in the first year of a start-up company.

  • Bob Hutchens, CEO, StemBioSys, Inc.

Moderator: Shawn Hughes, Sr VP, Private Banking, Broadway Bank

9:45 – 10:15 – Equity Basics and Trends for Entrepreneurs

Advice on building a fundable financial model, how much and when to raise, exit economics, and more from the perspective of the investor.

  • Carl Grant III, EVP, Global Business Development, Cooley

10:15 – 11:00 – Find Funding in San Antonio

Learn about the opportunities for grants, promissory notes, angel investment, and venture capital available in San Antonio.

  • Jim Reed, President, San Antonio Medical Foundation
  • Corey Levenson, San Antonio Military Medical Innovation (SAMMI) Director, San Antonio Economic Development Corporation
  • Sebastian Garzon, Executive Director, Alamo Angels
  • Bryan Leavitt, Managing Partner, Fountainhead Investment Partners

Moderator: Gabriele Niederaurer, Ph.D., President and CEO, Bluegrass Vascular Technologies

11:00 – 11:30 – Lab Space Logistics

A quick informative look at challenges in converting existing buildings into quality R&D space. What does it mean for an asset to be “lab ready”? Life Science companies will gain insight into things to look for in a facility that will improve their R&D environment and minimize the cost of their lab improvements.

  • Scott Strom, Life Science Global Leader, DPR

11:30 –1:00 – Live interactions with Selected Companies seeking investment

1:00 – 2:00 – What is Military Medicine in San Antonio?

  • Lt Col (Dr) Joe Maddry, Deputy Commander, USA Institute of Surgical Research 
  • Bill D’Angelo, Head, Biomedical Systems Engineering and Evaluation Department, NAMRU – SA
  • Dr Scott Walter, Director, Technology Transfer & Transition, Office of the Chief Scientist, 59th Medical Wing

Moderator: Corey Levenson, San Antonio Military Medical Innovation (SAMMI) Director, San Antonio Economic Development Corporation

2:00 – 2:45 – Help me Work with the Military

Working with the military doesn’t have to be daunting or overwhelming. Meet the guides who help make the right connections, navigate the process, and even get funding.

  • LaShaun Berrien, VP of Research Administration, Henry M Jackson Foundation
  • Kathy Carey, Client Partnership Manager, Geneva Foundation
  • Ramsey Taweel, CEO and President, Military Health Research Foundation
  • James Watt, VP for Life Sciences, Eagle Health Analytics
  • Corey Levenson, San Antonio Military Medical Innovation (SAMMI) Director, San Antonio Economic Development Corporation

Moderator: Jeremy Nelson, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Military Health Institute

2:45 – 3:30 – Start-up Support that may surprise you

Meet support orgs that can help your life science business succeed.

  • David Fonseca, VP of Global Business Development, VelocityTX 
  • Bijo Matthew, Regional Director, UTSA STX Small Business Center
  • Tom Zink, SVP of Product Development, NVision Biomedical Technologies

Moderator: Justin Rice, Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer, Olifant Medical

3:30 – 4:15 – What Makes an Effective CEO – mistakes and successes

Tips from experienced CEOs in life science.

  • Gabriele Niederauer, CEO and President, PhD, Bluegrass Vascular
  • Martin Landon, CEO, BioBridge Global
  • George E. Peoples, Founder and CEO, MD, FACS, Cancer Insight

Moderator: Randi Hutchens, President and CEO, Actionable Transitions LLC

4:15 – 5:00 – Who can help me with research and technical issues?

San Antonio has large institutions available to perform contracted research, development, and testing for bioscience companies.

  • Chris Green, Senior Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, UT Health San Antonio 
  • Christine Burke, Ph.D., Director, Commercialization & Technology Transfer, UTSA 
  • Joe McDonough, Director, Pharmaceuticals and Bioengineering, SwRI
  • Cory Hallam, Ph.D., VP and Professor of Innovation Management, Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Moderator: Heather Hanson, President, BioMedSA

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