RESI Innovation Challenge



Medical Devices


Digital Health


LSN invites all global early-stage companies across Biotech, Medtech, Diagnostics & Digital Health to apply for the RESI Innovation Challenge. If you are a scientist-entrepreneur or fundraising CEO starting to accumulate compelling proof-of-concept animal data or early stage clinical data, the RESI Innovation Challenge is for you. The 30 most innovative applicants will be hand selected by Life Science Nation’s internal scientific review board to be part of the RESI Innovation Challenge, presenting their technologies in an exhibition-style format throughout the full-day conference. Presenters will gain additional exposure to investors and potential partners by showcasing their companies and products in a poster format. Unlike traditional 5- to 15-minute pitch presentations that do not allow any real interaction and provide no actionable feedback from investors, the RESI Innovation Challenge enables executives to pitch directly to attendees, generating more in-depth conversations with more investors, more frequently throughout the event.

The RESI Pitch Challenge is for the earliest stage companies associated with tech hubs-incubators, accelerators, tech transfer offices, universities, hospitals and research labs. The companies selected will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of investors at RESI. 

Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

To add some friendly competition to the mix, the RESI Innovation Challenge invites all attendees to participate in a virtual investment contest. At the start of the day, each attendee will receive “RESI Cash” to allocate to the entrepreneurs whose technologies they expect will be most influential. The capital invested will be tallied up and the top three winners will receive prizes and be featured in our RESI newsletter recap that will go out to LSN’s 23,000 newsletter readership. Whether you are an investor, an entrepreneur, or a service provider, make sure you check out the exhibit hall to meet with some of the top innovators in the field and invest your “RESI Cash.” We will see you there!

RESI Philadelphia 2019 Innovation Challenge Winners


First Place:

Soundable Health is a digital health company with leading sound AI technology. Our mission is to help people to understand and manage their health and diseases easily to live with dignity. Our first product, PRIVY™, is a mobile app that records the sound of the urine stream on the smartphone at the bathroom and turns it into clinical-grade urine flow exam results for prostate and bladder patients and their physicians. Through alpha and beta test we launched the open-beta app in the US and Korea and have collected over 4000 actual measurement data and results from users and physicians. Especially, over 100 physicians we met in Korea and in the US notice the possibility of the platform for greatly improving clinical workflow and care process. Including Massachusetts General Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital and Seoul National University Hospital, 6 clinics/hospitals have been participating in clinical researches since 2017. Also, health insurance companies and pharma companies are very much interested in the world’s first & largest real-world data in urology. We’re planning to start unpaid pilots in private practices and institutional settings from June and aim to expand partners for paid pilots with initial revenue by early 2020.


Second Place:

Drusolv Therapeutics is a clinical-stage drug company based in Philadelphia. We are developing a novel, high-dose statin for early intervention in a blinding eye disease called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of blindness in developed countries, affecting more people than glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy combined. Unfortunately, there are currently no drugs for intervention before the onset of late-stage vision loss. This is a $4B per year, completely unmet need. Our product, Ocustatin™, was developed at Harvard University. A very successful proof-of-concept clinical trial has shown that early intervention with Ocustatin substantially reduces progression to late-stage blindness. The founder and CEO of Drusolv is a successful serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in AMD.


Third Place:

AIBIOS, CO., Ltd. is a private pharmaceutical company and specializes in the development of novel small molecule drugs for inflammation related diseases. AIBIOS’s mission is to develop novel drugs modulating immune responses to satisfy highly unmet medical needs. AIBIOS is developing an oral drug for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The drug candidate, AIB301, has a novel mechanism of action exerting biological effects in modulating immune responses in intestinal mucus, not only the adaptive immune system but also the innate immune system, which distinguish itself from other drugs and drug candidates for IBD treatment. AIB301 is in IND enabling stage with GMP grade drug substance will be delivered in June 2019 and soon will be evaluated with GLP toxicity preclinical studies.