LICA sets flashy lineup for Healthcare Forum

Is there a web designer in the house?: Jack Pellman's Dr. Leonardo Interactive Webservices will be among the presenters at Long Island Capital Alliance's Dec. 9 Healthcare Capital Forum.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

The Long Island Capital Alliance has announced a high-profile roster of presenters and panelists for its Dec. 9 Healthcare Capital Forum.

The event – one of several capital forums hosted annually by the Capital Alliance, which aims to put regional early-stage companies in front of an experienced review board and an audience of potential investors from Long Island and beyond– has attracted a healthy cross-section of healthcare startups, including two based on the Island.

lica-logo-2Slated to give seven-minute presentations are Melville-based medical website builder Dr. Leonardo Interactive Webservices, launched in 2013 by former MedNet honcho Jack Pellman, and Patient Innovations, a medical IT company focused on reducing patient wait times, launched by Ken Greenberg, founder of Hauppauge-based advertising agency Austin & Williams.

Non-LI presenters include two hailing from Brooklyn: MedFlyt, which provides home-health agencies with a web-based, mobile-enabled SaaS scheduling platform, and app-maker Docket, which offers a cloud-based database connecting patients and providers.

Also visiting Long Island for the latest Capital Forum are New York City-based Purple Sun, which focuses ultraviolet technologies on infection prevention; Tangen Biosciences of Connecticut, which is close to introducing a revolutionary sepsis detector; and Bergen Medical Products, a New Jersey-based medical device company developing innovative wound-closure techniques.

Although only two of the seven presenters hail from Long Island, Island business remains the Capital Forum’s primary focus, according to LICA Executive Director Carol Lane.

“Our first emphasis is to promote Long Island-based companies,” Lane told Innovate LI. “But we are also interested in promoting companies in the Tri-State area that will, at some point, have an effect on the Long Island economy, and that includes companies in New Jersey and Connecticut.

“Plus, while we have discussed moving the forums (to NYC), we feel that keeping them on Long Island, at the Melville location, focuses attention on the region and the many businesses out here.”

Carol Lane: Quality inspector.

Carol Lane: Quality inspector.

The LICA Board of Directors also felt compelled to include a few extra out-of-town presenters in this Capital Forum based on the quality of the applicants, according to the exec. The Dec. 9 networking event includes seven presenters, instead of the quarterly forum’s usual five.

“We had such a strong response to the call for presenters,” Lane noted. “We’re always looking for things like an addressable market and a high-quality management team, and we heard from so many quality companies doing so many interesting things.”

The Capital Alliance is equally pleased with the quality of its on-stage panelists, who will offer feedback on the seven-minute presentations, highlight investment trends across the healthcare industry and discuss alternative financing strategies.

Panelists include Daniel Broyles, a partner at FundWorks Capital, a Florida-based VC fund with a biotech and advanced-materials focus; Russ Fein, managing director of NYC-based private equity fund Corporate Fuel Partners; and Bruce Lieberthal, vice president of emerging technologies and chief innovation officer at Melville healthcare-product titan Henry Schein.

“We’re really pleased to get three high-quality panelists,” Lane said. “These three gentlemen have a lot of experience in the healthcare industry, especially in terms of working with startups and emerging technologies.”

The Capital Forum, open to all, is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 9 at RXR Executive Park in Melville. For more information on the breakfast networker, contact Lane at clane@licapital.org.