OC LIFe - 2023 Economic Outlook for Life Science Startup Funding

OC LIFe aims to connect industry with entrepreneurs and strengthen the life sciences community.

Economic Outlook for Life Science Startup Funding

With all the economic uncertainty recently, is there any way to know what 2023 might hold for venture funding? Join us for OC LIFe on February 22nd to hear from leading banks, investors, and ecosystem experts on the economic outlook for life science seed funding and growth capital.

Create Connections that Could Last a Lifetime

The Orange County Lifesciences Innovators Forum (OC LIFe) is a bi-monthly marquee event series focused on creating a collaborative environment that fosters connections between innovators in the life sciences and medtech industry.


Water Grill South Coast Plaza

3300 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Dinner included for all attendees

Event Schedule

5:00 - Registration and Networking

5:45 - Dinner

6:30 - Panel Presentation and Discussion

7:30 - Networking


$45 Early Bird (Non-ULP Member) - Ends 01/31/2023 @ 11:59 PM

$85 General Admission

$20 In-Person (ULP Member) ULP Members can find their promo code on the Community Portal. - Ends 02/14/2023 @ 11:59 PM





Event Panelists


Jimmy Sanchez

Managing Director, Market Investment Executive
Bank of America

Jimmy Sanchez is a Managing Director and Market Investment Executive at Bank of America Private Bank. In his role, Jimmy is responsible for managing the investment and Trust Teams in Southern California and Arizona. Jimmy leads the portfolio Management and Trust Teams in developing customized investment strategies that are unique to each client in order to provide integrated advice and portfolio management services to high-net-worth clients. In addition, he is responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to grow the Firm’sassets under management. Jimmy serves as the regional chief investment officer often speaking at events communicating Bank of America Private Bank’s Global Forecasts.

Jimmy joined Bank of America Private Bank (formerly U.S. Trust) in 2009 and has more than 25 years of experience in the global capital markets industry. Prior to assuming his role at the Private Bank, Jimmy was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers leading the Partnership Investment Team investing on behalf of the firm’s most senior executives. Jimmy started his career on Wall Street working at Chemical Banking Corporation-Global Investors Limited.

Jimmy received his Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers College.

Michael Tilghman

Michael Tilghman

Silicon Valley Bank

Michael Tilghman is a Director at Silicon Valley Bank where he leads the San Diego based Life Science and Healthcare Banking Team that covers Biopharma, Diagnostics, and Tools companies in the Southwest US. His Team, in collaboration with SVB Securities, SVB Private, and SVB Capital, delivers customized financial solutions to private, venture-backed startups and publicly traded companies.

Since joining Silicon Valley Bank in 2014, Michael has served in a variety of roles, and started his career on the technology lending side structuring venture debt, asset based credit facilities, and cash flow loans to support growth and M&A.

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Scott Fox

Orange County Startup Council

Scott Fox is a serial Internet entrepreneur, former investment banker, angel investor in 20+ companies, and CEO of the Orange County Startup Council. An advocate for startup founders and ecosystems worldwide, Scott has written 3 best-selling books to increase access to Silicon Valley style innovation and investment for entrepreneurs globally. Today he mostly mentors and invests in early stage software companies, specializing in startup fundraising and growth strategies. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Stanford Law School, Scott is an investor with Tech Coast Angels, Chairman of Stanford Angels for Orange County, and a popular speaker at events and in broadcast media worldwide. As CEO of the Startup Council (http://www.StartupCouncil.org), he also hosts a popular YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/scottfox) featuring free Startup Office Hours dedicated to accelerating success for under-represented entrepreneurs.

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Len Brandt

Brandt Venture Development

My prior experience in new ventures is extensive. As a General Partner at Norwest Ventures I led the fund’s investment activity throughout the 1980’s in all areas of healthcare and life science.

In the 1990’s, I co-founded Mill City Ventures providing venture capital experience without venture capital control. Ventures included co-founding the dominant technology for harvesting saphenous veins and turning-around a blood-glucose monitoring company.

In 2000, I moved to Orange County founding CNS Response, providing big data algorithm analysis of EEG for medication guidance. I was primary inventor on several patents leveraging off the initial application. Until 2009, I organized all the financings including taking the company public through a reverse merger and associated PIPE in 2007.

In the last few years, I have again become active in venture development making significant time commitments to several young ventures seeking to do well by doing good. Included are ventures in Botox-like neurotoxins, female sexual dysfunction, hair loss, dry-eye, pediatric cardiology and mixed-signal semiconductors.


Timothy (Tim) Henderson

Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor
Bank of America

Tim Henderson is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with Bank of America Private Bank in Newport Beach, California. He believes in working with select clients who are thoughtful about the impact they are creating for their families, their communities and society, and applies the Bank’s enterprise-wide resources to help them pursue their lifestyle, business and philanthropic goals.

Tim collaborates with a team of professionals who are specialists in the areas of fiduciary investment management, bespoke and traditional credit and lending capabilities, philanthropic advisory, as well as trust and estate planning services, business succession planning, and pre- and post-business sale planning. By focusing on a deep understanding of client needs, passions and objectives, Tim and his team at Bank of America are well equipped to guide clients and their families at multiple stages of their financial lives.

Tim has more than 20 years of wealth management experience serving high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth families and business owners. He earned his B.A. from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Tim is proud to serve his community as Executive Board Member for the Discovery Cube Orange County, Advisory Board Member for AdvanceOC, and has previously served on the boards of The Association for Corporate Growth OC and OCTANe OC.

Event Sponsors


Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 450 lawyers practicing in 16 locations throughout the United States and in Mexico, including three offices in California. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. Snell & Wilmer’s life science and medical technology lawyers currently represent a diverse client base from the bioscience, pharmaceutical (both prescription and OTC), medical device and healthcare industries, ranging from large publicly traded organizations to early and mid-stage start-up companies. Clients include manufacturers, distributors, inventors, researchers, venture capitalists, angel investors, engineers, product designers and vendors, in their intellectual property, transactional, litigation and various other legal matters.

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NexCore Group is a national healthcare real estate investment and development company that focuses on acquiring, developing, owning and managing healthcare facilities including medical office buildings, wellness facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, single and multi-specialty physician buildings, life sciences facilities, seniors housing communities and transitional rehabilitation centers. NexCore has completed $4.7 billion in healthcare real estate transactions throughout 29 states, developed and acquired over 14.3 million square feet of healthcare properties across the country and currently manages over $2.9 billion of healthcare facilities spanning 7.3 million square feet. The company has been recognized repeatedly as one of the Top Healthcare Real Estate Developers in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare and HREI.


HATCHspaces ®, LLC is a Los Angeles-based real estate development platform focused on simplifying the process of scientific innovation by creating purpose-built life sciences facilities for companies emerging from academic and incubator networks. With properties in various regional submarkets, HATCHspaces’® mission is to deliver the life science community state-of-the-art lab facilities at varying scales, allowing regions to retain early-stage bioscience and biotechnology start-ups emerging from research environments.

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Our tagline, HR that Makes a Difference™, defines what we do. It emphasizes that human resources is a key driver of growth and contributes to a business’s bottom line. This is what sets Insperity apart.

Insperity has a long history of improving the success equation of small and midsize businesses across the country – because when businesses succeed, communities prosper.

And in today’s changing business environment, it’s our privilege to take care of an organization’s most valuable asset: its people.

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The Largest and Most Experienced Advocate

For over 25 years, Biocom California has helped move the life science industry forward with transformative resources that enable companies to make meaningful connections. Biocom California harnesses the collective power and experience of the most innovative and productive life science clusters in the world, with powerful advocacy and transformative programs to help companies in their quest to improve the human condition.

Event Details

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023

05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Water Grill South Coast Plaza
3300 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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