By GREGORY ZELLER //
Another intriguing combination of presenters and panelists marks the next Capital Forum on the Long Island Capital Alliance’s schedule, this one focused on the lifeblood of the Island’s innovation economy.
Following a June networker centered around cybersecurity startups and a March pitch-a-thon spotlighting early-stage technology firms, the latest Capital Forum returns to healthcare, a Long Island socioeconomic cornerstone that has naturally become a go-to theme for LICA and its (roughly) quarterly events. The alliance last featured healthcare companies at its December 2016 Capital Forum.
This time around, five early-stage companies hailing from California, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island will make short pitches to, and answer questions from, a panel of industry experts, all before an audience packed with potential investors.
The pitches are slated to follow a keynote address by Mark Mlotek, executive vice president and chief strategic officer at Melville-based global healthcare distributor Henry Schein Inc.
Scheduled panelists include Barry Salzman, a serial investor and managing director of New York City-based merchant banking and financial advisory firm Compass Partners LLC, and Eric Feinstein, managing director of Northwell Ventures, the corporate-venture arm of the New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health system.
Additional panelists will be added prior to the event, according to LICA.
Although centered primarily on healthcare, the roster of presenting companies continues the Capital Alliance’s yearlong focus on technology: Each of the five companies leverages cutting-edge tech in its efforts to improve practice management and patient outcomes.
Boasting “the world’s first filament printer for dental labs,” Brooklyn-based Arfona LLC is pitching a 3D-printing solution for “flexible dentures” that provides an affordable and cosmetically appealing option for patients missing teeth. HealthSapiens, a NYC-based software-as-a-service enterprise, facilitates 24/7 connectivity with thoroughly screened medical practitioners, allowing homebound patients and others to undergo real-time virtual consultations.
The farthest-afield presenters will represent San Francisco-based Flairz, a maker of analytics-crunchers and other software products tailored specifically to businesses and consumers – or, in the case of the company’s Healthcare App, to practices and patients. In a nutshell, the company offers what it calls “a pharmacy, merchandizing and physician/patient relationship platform.”
Long Island will be represented at the forum by Stony Brook-based Vascular Simulations, manufacturer of the Vascular Simulations Replicator, a hyper-accurate mock-up of endovascular systems complete with functional heart valves, an “analog fluid” that “duplicates the viscosity of human blood” and other anatomically correct functionalities, according to the company.
Also raising the Island flag – and the forum’s technological profile – will be Wantagh-based EcoSoft Health, a 2016 spinoff of “partner ecosystem” specialist Gorilla Toolz Inc. offering an artificially intelligent partner relationship-management platform exclusively for healthcare providers and patients.
The Healthcare Capital Forum is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 27 at the RXR Center in Melville. Admission is free for investors and LICA members, $50 for Long Island Software & Technology Network members and $65 for nonmembers. Continental breakfast included.
Event sponsors include LISTnet, the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency, the New York Institute of Technology, accounting giant EisnerAmper and Melville law firm Carter, Deluca, Farrell & Schmidt, among others.
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