OneMedForum announced that its 8th annual conference will move to the Marriott Marquis San Francisco, January 12-14, 2015. According to Brett Johnson, founder and CEO, “This new venue is probably the most significant development in the nearly 8 years we’ve been doing the conference. Its central location and layout are ideal. It’s a perfect space for networking, partnering, exhibits, and company presentations. Meeting suites surround and overlook a large central atrium under skylights 6 stories above. It is a dramatic setting for the launch of OneMedMarket, which will serve as a secondary market to facilitate capital access for private companies and provide liquidity for investors. We believe that this will be a game-changing development for the entire ecosystem of growth companies in healthcare.”
In addition to its mission to make investing in private companies more attractive, OneMedMarket will also provide a “one stop shop” for many of the operational needs for growth companies via high quality advisors and support resources. The effective and ever improving OneMedConnect, a 1x1 meeting partnering software, will function to facilitate both capital and expert introductions.
Companies invited to the forum are candidates for listing on OneMedMarket. Companies must have real technologies, be tackling proven markets, and must be priced to offer 10x potential returns. According to Christian Beck, PhD and senior analyst for OMM, “The advisory board has been helpful in identifying firms with this potential. We will be providing press coverage on each company throughout and following the conference.” Over 100 companies in all areas of healthcare including devices, therapeutics, diagnostics, digital health, and health IT are expected. There will also be a significant contingent of international companies and investors as well as an International Track that will be conducting sessions on entering Europe and Asia. China Forum V will again be part of the conference with an expanded program leading Chinese and U.S. companies and investors to advance the first OneMedForum in Asia planned for Shanghai in March 2015.
Disruptive innovation will continue to be a core theme, especially as current policy continues to impact healthcare significantly. Obamacare has imposed a significant change. OneMedForum will address how companies can manage in this environment. Other major themes for 2015 will be the JOBS Act, crowdfunding, and Regulation A+. Johnson noted that “with the final rules on Regulation A+ expected by the end of this year, we believe that this could dramatically increase the number of companies going public.” During one of the luncheon sessions there will be a global report on crowdfunding and the role of internet in capital for growth companies by the Online Healthcare Investment Association (OHIA). Educating companies and investors will be the primary focus this January.