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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Leading CEOs Keynote 2013 Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference in Denver
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The 2013 Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference keynote breakfast will include Kyle Lefkoff, founder and General Partner of Boulder Ventures, leading a conversation with the CEOs of Colorado's two premier publicly-traded pharmaceutical companies – Patrick Mahaffy, Founder and CEO of Clovis Oncology and Ron Squarer, CEO of Array BioPharma. The announcement is made by April Giles, President and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) who says the regional conference will also feature a keynote luncheon presentation by Jeff Calcagno, M.D., Principal, Venture Investments, Johnson and Johnson Development Corporation.

Lefkoff, one of the region’s leading venture capitalists and a member of the conference steering committee since 2009, says: “Clovis Oncology and Array BioPharma have been incredibly successful reaching both funding and developmental milestones. This is a great opportunity to hear first-hand from their leadership how they have achieved this success and what they look forward to in the future.”
 
Link to the Business Wire release
 
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Viewpoint: 'Building more investors is vital to the Colorado economy'

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Quoting from today's posting in the Denver Business Journal:

"Since January 2011, we’ve created 97,000 jobs and now have 2.4 million jobs in the state — prerecession levels. And we have the fourth-fastest job growth in the nation. We are continuing to successfully woo a number of industries and we’re enhancing our advanced industries with a 10-year, $150 million investment.

We are just missing one key piece of the economic pie: investors. Venture-capital investment is critical to the growth of successful startup companies...

...We’re working on creating more funding opportunities. OEDIT, in partnership with the Colorado BioScience Association and Johnson & Johnson Development Corp., established the Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference (RMLIPC) in 2009. Celebrating the third biennial conference on Sept. 19, RMLIPC will bring together more than 50 investors to Denver to showcase 30 regional startup companies in the biotech, diagnostic, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. The Rockies Venture Club, along with the Impact Angel Group, are working their connections with local angel investors and entrepreneurs." 

Link to the OpEd piece authored by Ken Lund 

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Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference Announces Thirty Regional Companies for 2013 Presentation Lineup

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Denver, CO, August 12, 2013 – Thirty companies from Arizona, Colorado, Montana and Utah have been chosen to present at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference (RMLIPC), September 18-19, at The Ritz-Carlton in Denver, Colorado. The announcement is made by April Giles, President & CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA), on behalf of the RMLIPC Selection Committee, who says the presenting companies were selected from more than 60 applicants by a committee of investors and industry experts. 
2013 Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference Presenting Companies:

AmideBio, LLC - Boulder, CO - http://www.amidebio.com 
Biodesix - Boulder, CO - http://www.biodesix.com
BioFusionary - Wheat Ridge, CO - http://biofusionary.com
Boulder Diagnostics - Boulder, CO - http://www.boulderdiagnostics.com 
Convoy Therapeutics - Oro Valley, AZ - http://www.convoytx.com 
DiscGenics - Salt Lake City, UT - http://discgenics.com 
EndoShape - Boulder, CO - http://endoshape.com 
ENDURX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - Oro Valley, AZ - http://www.endurxpharma.com 
FitBionic - Boulder, CO - http://www.fitbionic.com 
Lazarus Medical Technologies - Salt Lake City, UT -http://www.lazarusmedtech.com 
Lineagen - Salt Lake City, UT - http://www.lineagen.com 
MBio Diagnostics - Boulder, CO - http://mbiodx.com 
MSDx - Tucson, AZ - http://www.msdx.co 
Nasseo, Inc. - Peoria, AZ - http://www.nasseo.com 
Neuro Assessment Systems - Littleton, CO - http://www.neuroassessments.com 
Prima-Temp, Inc. - Boulder, CO - http://prima-temp.com 
Regenesis Biomedical - Scottsdale, AZ - http://www.regenesisbio.com 
Renaptys Vaccines, LLC - Aurora, CO - http://www.renaptys.com 
Rocky Mountain Biologicals - Missoula, MT - http://rmbio.com 
Sharklet Technologies, Inc. - Aurora, CO - http://sharklet.com 
Sinopsys Surgical - Boulder, CO  - http://www.sinopsyssurgical.com 
Surefire Medical - Westminster, CO - http://surefiremedical.com 
SuviCa - Boulder, CO - http://suvica.com 
Transverse Medical - Evergreen, CO - http://www.transversemedical.com 
Ventria Bioscience - Fort Collins, CO - http://ventria.com 
VetDC Inc. - Fort Collins, CO - http://www.vet-dc.com 
Vivaldi Biosciences - Fort Collins, CO - http://www.vivaldibiosciences.com 
Wasatch - Salt Lake City, UT - http://www.microfl.com 
Xalud Therapeutics, Inc. Boulder, CO - http://www.xaludthera.com
Xenograft Corporation - Missoula, MT - http://www.ihimontanafoundation.org

The 2013 Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference – spearheaded by the Colorado BioScience Association in collaboration with associations in Arizona, Montana, New Mexico and Utah — will open with a reception at the Colorado Governor’s Mansion September 18th and follow with a full day of company pitch presentations September 19th. The keynote breakfast will include Kyle Lefkoff, founder and General Partner of Boulder Ventures, leading a conversation with the CEOs of Colorado's two premier publicly-traded pharmaceutical companies-Patrick Mahaffy, Founder and CEO of Clovis Oncology and Ron Squarer, CEO of Array BioPharma. The keynote lunch will be a presentation from Johnson and Johnson Development Corporation executive leadership. For more information and registration details, visit http://www.RockyMtnBioInvest.com 

On Twitter, please use the hashtag #RockyMtnBioInvest for your tweets.

Link to the PitchEngine social media release

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

CBSA Commends Boettcher Foundation For Ongoing Commitment To Early-Career Investigators Through Its Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program
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The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees have released the names of the eight early-career scientists selected for the fourth class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program. The announcement is made by April Giles, President and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA), who said "Our association commends Boettcher Foundation for its ongoing commitment to this stellar program that assists early-career investigators in our state to continue their important research."

Launched in 2010, the Webb-Waring Biomedical Biomedical Research program fills an unmet need in the state by assisting early-career investigators engaged in biomedical sciences to advance their research. Further, the program honors the tradition of Colorado's Webb and Waring families by investing in science that has the possibility of making significant contributions to human health. Boettcher Foundation is a Titanium Sponsor of the CBSA.

The 2013 (fourth) Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program includes:

* Dr. Amrut V. Ambardekar, M.D., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Assistant Professor of Medicine - Cardiology, Myocardial Recovery After Ventricular Assist Device Implantation

* Dr. Joseph A. Brzezinski, Ph.D., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Mechanisms of Retinal Development and Disease

* Dr. Soyeon Park, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Molecular Mechanisms of Proteasome Biogenesis

* Dr. Abigail L. Person, Ph.D., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Corollary Discharge Pathways Underlying Schizophrenia Symptoms

* Dr. Michael Strong, Ph.D., National Jewish Health, Assistant Professor of Genes, Environment, and Health, Genomics of Respiratory Disease Associated Pathogens

* Dr. Lucas Argueso, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Assistant Professor of Radiation and Cancer Biology, Gene Copy Number Variation

* Dr. Brad Borlee, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Assistant Professor of Bacteriology, Molecular Regulation of Bacterial Pathogenesis

* Dr. Melissa Krebs, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Controlled Delivery of Therapeutics from Biopolymer Systems

With the addition of the 2013 Class, there are now 22 Boettcher Investigators conducting research in the following Colorado institutions: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, National Jewish Health and Colorado School of Mines. All grant awards are $225,000.
 
Link to the Business Wire newswire

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media Release
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Absolutely PR 2012: Year-end Review, Campaigns and Placements
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Here's a walk down the 2012 memory lane - January through December - of pitches and placements of note by Maggie Chamberlin Holben's Absolutely Public Relations consulting firm:

JANUARY

Campaign: Bell Aquaculture Teams with Indiana Soybean Alliance, Virginia Cobia Farms and The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute - http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/1/prweb9132484.htm

Placement: FIS United States: Bell Aquaculture joined forces to present the Future of Fish - http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/search_brief.asp?l=e&id=49396&ndb=1

Additional January Placement of Note for Bell Aquaculture: Better Homes and Gardens Country Gardens: 'Organic Fertilizers' - Bell Aquaculture Fish Rich http://indianayellowperch.blogspot.com/2012/01/better-homes-gardens-country-gardens.html

FEBRUARY

Campaign: Valentine's Cat Show Featuring 225 Pedigreed and Non-Pedigreed Cats Benefits Cat Care Society February 18 and 19 at the Adams County Fairgrounds - http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/2/prweb9190503.htm

Placement: Denver Post - http://denvercatcare.blogspot.com/2012/02/denver-post-photos-cat-fanciers.html

MARCH

Campaign: Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority Names New President and CEO - http://www.pitchengine.com/fitzsimonsredevelopmentauthority/fitzsimons-redevelopment-authority-names-new-president--ceo

Placement: Denver Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/print-edition/2012/07/13/fitzsimons-changes-focus-to-better.html?page=all

APRIL

Campaign: Colorado BioScience Association Appoints Four Industry Leaders to Board of Directors - http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120405005052/en/Colorado-BioScience-Association-Appoints-Industry-Leaders-Board

Placement: Northern Colorado Business Report - http://www.ncbr.com/article/20120405/NEWS/120409955

MAY

Campaign: Bell Aquaculture Launches Fish Rich™ 2-2-2 Organic and Fish Rich+ 6-3-3 Fertilizers at 2012 National Hardware Show - http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/5/prweb9449743.htm

Placement: Suburban Jungle Blog Review - 'Organic Gardening with Fish Rich Fertilizer... Berries + Fish = Wow' - http://indianayellowperch.blogspot.com/2012/05/suburban-jungle-organic-gardening-with.html

JUNE

Campaign: Westminster's Aar River Gallery Hosts Cat Care Society 'Tails of the Painted Cats' Wine and Cheese Reception June 29th, Featuring Cat Care Vineyards Wine Tasting - http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/6/prweb9591196.htm

Placement: Denver Post - 'It's a cat thing and an art thing' - http://denvercatcare.blogspot.com/2012/06/denver-post-its-cat-thing-and-art-thing.html

JULY

Campaign: New Data Shows Colorado’s Bioscience Industry Outpaced National Growth Since 2001 and Continued Adding Jobs Overall Since 2007 - http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120629005849/en/Data-Shows-Colorado%E2%80%99s-Bioscience-Industry-Outpaced-National

Placement: Aurora Sentinel - 'Colorado makes its mark in bioscience as the industry roars to life nationwide' - http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/claim-to-fame-colorado-makes-its-mark-in-bioscience-as-the-industry-roars-to-life-nationwide/

AUGUST

Campaign: Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority Opens New Accelerator Facility, Significantly Expanding Capabilities at its Bioscience Park Ctr in the Fitzsimons Life Science District - http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fitzsimons-redevelopment-authority-opens-new-accelerator-facility-significantly-expanding-capabilities-at-its-bioscience-park-center-in-the-fitzsimons-life-science-district-167020545.html

Placement: Denver Post - 'Four growing biotech firms move into Fitzsimons Accelerator Building' - http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_21378233/four-growing-biotech-firms-move-into-fitzsimons-accelerator

SEPTEMBER

Campaign: 2012 BioWest Conference & Expo Showcases 40+ New Technologies, Products and Services for the Region’s Robust Bioscience Industry - http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120904005280/en/2012-BioWest-Conference-Expo-Showcases-40-Technologies

Placement: Colorado Public Radio's Colorado Matters: 'Colorado Biotech's Big Day' - http://www.cpr.org/#load_article|Colorado_Biotechs_Big_Day

Placement: 9News - 'Fort Collins co. making strides in doggie cancer' - http://coloradobio.blogspot.com/2012/09/9news-fort-collins-co-making-strides-in.html

OCTOBER

Campaign: Bell Aquaculture Exhibits New Fish Rich™ 2-2-2 Organic Fertilizer at the 2012 Garden Writers Association Symposium in Tucson, Booth #302 - http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/10/prweb10001888.htm

Placement: FIS United States -

http://www.fis-net.com/fis/worldnews/search_brief.asp?l=e&id=56128&ndb=1&monthyear=10-2012&day=&country=0&df=1


NOVEMBER

Campaign: April Giles Named President and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association - http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20121108006136/en/April-Giles-Named-President-CEO-Colorado-BioScience

Placement: Boulder County Business Report - 'Giles named to head bioscience association' - http://www.bcbr.com/article/20121108/NEWS/121109930

DECEMBER

Campaign: Colorado BioScience Association Awards the Industry’s Best of 2012 - http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20121206005810/en/Colorado-BioScience-Association-Awards-Industry%E2%80%99s-2012

Placement: Denver Business Journal - Colorado BioScience Association hands out nine awards -
http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/print-edition/2012/12/14/colorado-bioscience-association-hands.html?page=all

Moving forward, please check back at these news feed blogs for more news and information...

Colorado BioScience Association - http://coloradobio.blogspot.com

Bell Aquaculture - http://indianayellowperch.blogspot.com

Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority - http://fitzsimonsredevelopment.blogspot.com

Cat Care Society - http://denvercatcare.blogspot.com

Denver PR News and Information - http://denverpr.blogspot.com

About Absolutely Public Relations

Absolutely PR specializes in media relations, the strategies and tactics necessary to achieve impactful editorial placements in international, national, trade press, local and social/digital media space. Visit http://www.AbsolutelyPR.com or the company's Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AbsolutelyPR.

Contact: Maggie Holben, Absolutely Public Relations - 303-984-9801 - maggie@absolutelypr.com
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

CBSA 2012 Awards: Best Of Colorado's Bioscience Industry
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Recipients of 2012 CBSA Awards include:


Educator of the Year - Shawndra Fordham, Biotech Teacher, Rock Canyon High School (Highlands Ranch) Shawndra Fordham’s enthusiasm and dedication to education has created one of the best programs in the state and has made an impact on her students and the industry. She has helped secure thousands of dollars in grant funding from federal institutions, foundations and industry and has created a program that challenges college curriculums around the country and her students have gone on to STEM focused majors and careers. Visit: http://go.dcsdk12.org/rchs

Volunteer of the Year - Mark Spiecker, CEO, Sharklet Technologies (Aurora) Mark Spiecker is the Education Chair of the CBSA Board of Directors and a founding Board member of the new Colorado Bioscience Institute. He has been integral in developing key strategic efforts and partnerships with the Colorado education community. Visit: http://www.sharklet.com/about-us/management

Volunteer of the Year - Nicole Garneau, Ph.D., Curator and Chair of the Health Sciences Department, Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Denver) Dr. Garneau is Co-Chair of the CBSA Education Committee and a founding Board member of the new Colorado Bioscience Institute. She has been instrumental in developing strategy and implementing the successful internship program. Visit: http://www.dmns.org/nicole

Business Partner of the Year – Rockies Venture Club (Denver) Rockies Venture Club (RVC) has successfully partnered with CBSA to support Colorado’s bioscience industry. RVC has added active angel groups, sophisticated training and education, and events to assist early stage company funding. Visit: http://www.rockiesventureclub.org

Business Partner of the Year – Dorsey and Whitney LLP (Denver) Dorsey and Whitney has been a long standing supporting partner for Colorado’s bioscience industry; supporting the annual conference and the BioBoot Camp program. This year they dedicated countless hours of pro bono and consulting services to establish the new Colorado Bioscience Institute. Visit: http://www.dorsey.com

Rising Star of the Year - Sophono (Boulder) Sophono manufactures implanted magnetic hearing devices. This year the company has secured $7 million in new growth capital financing to fuel product and business development efforts. They have tripled their square footage to expand their manufacturing facilities in Boulder. Visit: http://sophono.com

2012 'Rising Star of the Year' Finalists included: InDevR, Inc., Boulder (http://www.indevr.com); Mosaic Biosciences, Aurora and Boulder (http://www.mosaicbio.com); and Surefire Medical, Inc., Westminster (http://www.surefiremedical.com).

Company of the Year - TOLMAR (Fort Collins) TOLMAR is a pharmaceutical research, development, manufacturing, and commercial operations company that has seen tremendous growth this past year. The pharmaceutical company announced their expansion into a 146,000-square-foot building in Windsor. TOLMAR is continually engaged in community efforts for the industry and partnered with CBSA this summer to launch the internship program. Visit: http://www.tolmar.com

2012 'Company of the Year' Finalists included: Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., Colorado Springs (http://www.balseal.com) and Covidien (Colorado operations), Boulder (http://www.covidien.com).

Chairman’s Award - Sheridan Ross (Denver) Sheridan Ross played a significant role in the coordination and application efforts to bring a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to Denver. John Posthumus, Partner and Patent Attorney at Sheridan Ross worked with local, state and federal legislators along with business and economic development leaders for many years to accomplish this major development in the Colorado economy that will impact the bioscience industry in the years to come. Visit: http://www.sheridanross.com

Lifetime Achievement Award - William Freytag, Ph.D., Former Chairman and CEO, Myogen (Boulder) Dr. Freytag’s 25 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries include serving as Chairman and CEO of Myogen Inc. plus other senior executive and research positions. He currently serves on multiple boards including the BioFrontiers Institute, Board of Trustees of the University of Colorado Foundation, and the Fitzsimmons Redevelopment Authority. Visit: http://leeds.colorado.edu/board/freytag

CBSA also announced the new Colorado BioScience Institute to its community at the Annual Awards Dinner Celebration December 6th with this video overview: http://youtu.be/2qgVEgNTlwI -- video by Robin Bond Media: http://robinbondmedia.com

Link to view all the video highlights of the celebration: http://coloradobio.blogspot.com/2012/12/video-highlights-colorado-bioscience.html

Link to the BusinessWire

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media News Release
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

9News Denver: 'Colo. bioscience industry, patients to benefit from new law'
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CBSA Pres/CEO Holli Riebel
interviewed with 9News yesterday regarding the new federal law that cuts the FDA's approval timetable for new drugs. Quoting from the 9News posting:

"Supporters say the bill would benefit hundreds of Colorado startups that are developing novel medicines and therapies. They say the provision could also help severely ill patients who are willing to take experimental drugs that haven't undergone the full battery of tests for all possible side effects and complications...

...About 600 bioscience companies, research institutions and venture capital groups in Colorado employ about 20,000 people, and the industry continues to grow despite the sluggish economy, according to the Colorado Bioscience Association."

Link to the video report
or view here: http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=277012
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

LifeScience: 'Aurora Bioscience district gets new boss with big experience'
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Quoting from the July 3 Aurora Sentinel article by Brandon Johansson:

"Steve VanNurden is excited for the new expansion wing at the Bioscience Park Center, Thursday afternoon, June 28, at the Fitzsimons Life Science District. VanNurden took over as President and CEO in late May...

...That growth and the momentum he sees being built was what drew VanNurden from Mayo Clinic Ventures in Rochester, Minn. to the FRA.

VanNurden started at Mayo 22 years ago after a career with agriculture-industry giant Cargill.

A few years prior, Mayo had launched Mayo Clinic Ventures, which aimed to take the world-class research happening at Mayo, and turn it into bioscience and biotechnology companies.

Since then, he helped start about 50 individual companies.

That ability to take the ideas that sprout from medical research and turn them into profitable companies has local officials excited about VanNurden’s arrival at the FRA.

Mark Spiecker, CEO of Sharklet Technologies, one of the 39 companies at the FRA’s Bioscience Park Center, said VanNurden is the perfect fit for the organization.

Across the health-care industry, Mayo is seen as a model for technology development and funding, Spiecker said, and Mayo Clinic Ventures is well-known as a place where breakthrough technologies become startup companies.

'Having a guy that used to run that program is a great opportunity for us,' he said.

Holli Riebel, CEO of the Colorado Bioscience Association, said landing VanNurden was a sign that Colorado’s burgeoning bioscience industry is gaining credibility around the country. 'I think it’s a real coup for us to be able to attract Steve,' she said.

His background with starting bioscience companies will be ideal at the FRA, where officials have announced an enhanced focus on building relationships with the rest of the state’s bioscience industry, she said.

'That’s really what we’re trying to do,' she said."

Link to the full article
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Friday, June 15, 2012

CBSA Releases 2012 Edition of Bioscience Colorado Magazine - Colorado Centers of Excellence: Elevated Thinking
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The 2012 issue of Bioscience Colorado highlights centers of excellence within the state, including Cancer, Infectious Disease, Respiratory, Cardiac and Biofuels. The research the writers and experts have compiled for this issue illustrates that there are several components—infrastructure, expertise, industry connections, and patient outcomes. Each article focuses on a center and examines the elements that make it truly excellent.

The new issue also includes:

* Complete listing of every bioscience company in the state

* Annual industry financing and investment overview

* Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program (BDEGP) update

This publication is an integral part of the Association’s mission to support the Colorado bioscience community through advocacy, resources and advancement of opportunities for collaboration. It reaches thousands of bioscience, economic development, legislative, university and industry leaders.

The new magazine rolls out the industry’s new branding campaign for Bioscience in Colorado: Elevated Thinking. We have some of the top research institutions in the country and over 600 bioscience companies led by the best in the industry—creating the vision and drive to succeed. That’s why so many great ideas that impact the globe start and grow here in Colorado.

Link to the magazine pdf

Link to the Business Wire release

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media newswire
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Colorado BioScience Association Praises Boettcher Foundation For Ongoing Commitment To Early-Career Investigators Through Its Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program

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The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees released the names of the three early-career scientists selected for the third class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program. The announcement is made by Holli Riebel, President & CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA), who said "Our association praises Boettcher Foundation for its ongoing commitment to this stellar program that assists early-career investigators in our state to continue their important research."

Launched in 2010, the Webb-Waring Biomedical Biomedical Research program fills an unmet need in the state by assisting early-career investigators engaged in biomedical sciences to advance their research.  Further, the program honors the tradition of Colorado's Webb and Waring families by investing in science that has the possibility of making significant contributions to human health.  Boettcher Foundation is a Titanium Sponsor of the CBSA.

The 2012 (third) Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program includes:

* Harald Junge, Ph.D. , University of Colorado at Boulder, Retinal Vascular Development and Disease
* Matthew Kennedy, Ph.D.,  University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus, Molecular Mechanisms of Alzheimer's Pathology
* Chad G. Pearson, Ph.D., University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus, Organization of the Microtubule Cytoskeleton for Cell Division and Signaling

Link to the Business Wire news release

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Cat Care Society's awesome Painted Cats are at Denver's Santa Fe galleries during June
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The 2012 'Tails of the Painted Cats,' the Cat Care Society's (CCS) lineup of one-of-a-kind, larger-than-life artwork cats - created by accomplished area artists - will be on display at Denver's 'Art District on Santa Fe' for the month of June, debuting at the District's First Friday Art Walk on June 1. The announcement is made by CCS President Diane Stoner, who says, "Our Painted Cats will be hosted at ten galleries throughout the Art District on Santa Fe. Last year, we raised more than our $30,000 goal, and hope to do the same or better with our project this year." Here's where you'll find the Painted Cats on Santa Fe during June:

Denver Photo Art Gallery - 833 Santa Fe Drive
Bridal Henna Cat by Kathy Burton and Helios by Karen R. Mahnken

Grace Gallery of Fine Art - 877 Santa Fe Drive
Colorado Calico by Ashley Conroy and C is for Cat by Liz Cooper

Ginny Abblett Fine Art - 910 Santa Fe Drive
Sushi Chef by Shirlee Akemi Miyake

Fabric Bliss - 828 Santa Fe Drive Crazy Quilt Cat by Joan A. Lee

EventGallery 910Arts - 910 Santa Fe Drive
Little Roar by Jane McFadden Dorsey
Hibiscat by Carla Pawlewicz
Soleil by Gail Firmin
Casino Kate: The Cat by K. Ross
Misty by Pam Schmidt
Claudia Monette by Jane McFadden Dorsey (Claudia is our 2012 Drawing Cat and will be present only at the First Friday Art Walk)

Niza Knoll Gallery - 915 Santa Fe Drive
Unity by Sara Nevadomski

Co-Art Gallery - 846 Santa Fe Drive
Toulouse Le Chat by Cam Williams Pearls & Lilies by BW Sharp

Buxiejo Gallery - 718 Santa Fe Drive
Meowscarade by Pam Schmidt Cat Masquerade by Melanie Gwendahlin Keyes

Artists on Santa Fe - 747 Santa Fe Drive Rudi by Bonnie Wilber

CORE New Art Space - 900 Santa Fe Drive The RubaiyCat of Omar Siam by Kathryn Jackson


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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mayo Clinic exec to lead Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (via Denver Business Journal)

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Aurora, CO, March 14, 2012 - Following an extensive national search, Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (FRA) has named Steve VanNurden as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, beginning in late May. The announcement is made by John M. Shaw, Chair of the FRA Board of Directors, who said: "Steve, a seasoned leader in the life science/bioscience space, comes to us from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota."

The appointment of Mr. VanNurden is further evidence of the FRA's continued commitment to support the development of life science companies in Colorado in partnership with the State’s research institutions. He will be working with universities, local economic development agencies, state and local governments, and the bioscience industry to promote the successful development of the 180 acre Colorado Science + Technology Park, which is adjacent to the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

Steve Hogan, Mayor of the City of Aurora and FRA Board member stated, “Steve is the partner we need to fulfill the promise of the bioscience industry park. His working relationships span nationally and internationally, which will be a great advantage for us.”

Steve VanNurden is currently Chair of Mayo Clinic Ventures, the invention arm for Mayo Clinic. Under Mr. VanNurden’s direction, this division is responsible for patenting and commercializing Mayo’s discoveries, inventions and other intellectual property. Since 1986, Mayo Clinic Ventures has successfully commercialized over 2,000 technologies and has been granted more than 1,200 patents. Under the guidance of Mr. VanNurden, Mayo’s technology based ventures efforts have paid off, resulting in the formation of 45+ Mayo Clinic start-up companies.

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media Release
Link to the PR Newswire Release

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Denver Post: 'Cat Fanciers Competition At Adams County Fairgrounds'
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[released 2/14/12] - Quoting from the Denver Post Media Center: "Several hundred cats, 40 pedigreed breeds and one non-pedigreed household pet category, were judged in a 10-ring show. Cat Fanciers Association to benefit Cat Care Society, which offers low cost neuter and spay operations and free dental exams for cats throughout February."

Link to view the 14 photos by John Leyba

Link to the article by Kristen Leigh Painter - online and in print 2/20 page 23A

Check out our Cat Care Society slides from the event: http://youtu.be/Jpry8lO2zTI

Link to the PR Web Newswire

Link to the Pitch Engine Social Media Release 

Plus, here's a link to video of Suellen Scott's interview with 9News' Corey Rose interview about the CFA Cat Show that benefited the Cat Care Society http://www.9news.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1458246027001
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Bell Aquaculture & Indiana Soybean Alliance Jointly Announce 'Future of Fish' Partners
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Albany & Indianapolis, IN [released 1/25/12] - Bell Aquaculture, a pioneer in sustainable fish farming operations, teamed with Indiana Soybean Alliance, Virginia Cobia Farms, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences and The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute to present the 'Future of Fish' at Bell Aquaculture's operations in Albany and Redkey, Indiana. The announcement is made jointly by Norman McCowan, President of Bell Aquaculture, and Shelia Lingle, Director of Aquaculture for Indiana Soybean Alliance.

According to McCowan: "We are simply thrilled to be partnering with the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Virginia Cobia Farms and The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute to advance the knowledge of best practices in the Aquaculture Industry in the U.S. Our first event was January 11th here in Redkey and Albany. We look forward to hosting similar events in the near future."

Further, says Lingle: "As our country, and world, seeks sustainable, quality food options, Indiana Soybean Alliance is very pleased to be supporting this effort to provide healthy, great-tasting and ecologically responsible fish options for consumers. We've been working closely with Bell Aquaculture since its inception in 2005 to develop more sustainable, soy-based feed options for the aquaculture industry."

The 'Future of Fish' on January 11th included tours of Bell Aquaculture's production and processing facilities, followed by luncheon presentations from Fred Binkowski, Senior Scientist, School of Freshwater Sciences University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Steven T. Summerfelt, Ph.D, P.E., Director of Aquaculture Systems Research, The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute; Dr. Espen Staubo, President & CEO of Low Salinity, Inc., and Virginia Cobia Farms; and Steve Hart, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Soy Aquaculture Alliance.

The luncheon was prepared by chefs from The Chef’s Academy, Indianapolis. Entrees featured breaded Bell Perch and Virginia Farms Cobia and Pompano.

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Denver's Absolutely PR Provides Yearend Review of 2011 Client Milestones & Key Media Placements

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Lakewood, CO [released 12/31/11] - Metro Denver-based Absolutely Public Relations celebrated its 12th calendar year in business in 2011 and achieved key media placement results for clients in both the traditional and social media spaces. This yearend review is shared by Absolutely PR Owner/Founder Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR, who says, "Absolutely PR assisted Bell Aquaculture (including its new Fish Rich™ fertilizer product line); Cabela's; Cat Care Society (CCS); Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA), Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4); Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority; Joseph Decuis Gourmet Restaurant, Farm, Emporium, Culinarium and Inn; Medivance, Inc.; Dr. Martha Lucas/Cosmetic Acupuncture Seminars; and Holben Building Corporation in 2011."

Absolutely PR offers PublicRelationsNewsroom.com, Expert411.com and DenverPRNewsroom.com to help clients achieve media relations success. The company also maintains News Feed Blogs to turn up the volume on client messaging in the social media blog space.

Link to the PR Web newswire

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Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority Announces Second Phase of Strategic Refocus With $8 Million Expansion to Bioscience Park Center
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Aurora, CO [released 12/12/11] - In furtherance of its renewed commitment to support the growth of early-stage Colorado bioscience companies, especially those developing technologies from Colorado's research institutions, Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (FRA) is expanding its Bioscience Park Center building (BPC) with an $8 million, 37,000-square-foot accelerator facility, increasing the BPC in excess of 50 percent. The announcement is made by Denise Brown, FRA Interim Executive Director, who says, "The new accelerator space will be leased to companies in the modest growth stage. We have a number of companies in the BPC incubator ready to make this advancement in addition to interest from other companies, both in-state and out-of-state, as well."

The FRA Board of Directors has been working with FRA staff, FRA's real estate development partner Forest City Science + Technology Group, consultants and lenders for the past several months to finalize this expansion. Based on the team's recommendation, the three-story accelerator will be built to the west of the current building with a new parking lot located to the north of BPC. Ground broke in October and construction has been progressing since, with completion expected by June, as recently reported in the Aurora Sentinel, http://www.aurorasentinel.com/email_push/news/article_95c4538e-1792-11e1-a67e-001cc4c03286.html.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Colorado BioScience Association Celebrates 2011 Industry Standouts
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The Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) honored the outstanding bioscience companies and individuals in the state during its 9th Annual Awards Dinner at the Downtown Denver Embassy Suites. The CBSA's Annual Awards program showcases the significant achievements in the state's bioscience industry throughout the year.

Recipients of 2011 awards include:

Lifetime Achievement Award - Brian, Greg and Jeff Baldwin
Brian Baldwin founded Baxa Corporation in 1975 and grew the company steadily over the succeeding 36 years along with the leadership of sons Greg and Jeff. Creating technology that saves patient lives, Baxa Corporation provides innovative, solution-based technologies for fluid handling and delivery. Its systems and devices promote the safe and efficient preparation, handling, packaging, and administration of fluid medications. Visit: http://www.baxa.com

Company of the Year - LABS Inc.
LABS, Inc. has grown to service clients across many healthcare industries over the past 30 years. Recently, they added a Cell and Molecular Biology Department to their already growing business. Labs Inc. has been the market leader in laboratory testing for Infectious Disease, Microbiology, and Immunogenetics. Visit: http://www.labs-inc.org

Rising Star of the Year - Ventria Bioscience
Ventria Bioscience is the first company to commercialize recombinant proteins derived from a plant-based manufacturing system. Ventria’s technology platform ExpressTec is a safe, affordable and sustainable manufacturing technology that achieves recombinant protein yield that is many times higher than alternative systems. Visit: http://www.ventria.com

Volunteer of the Year - Timothy Rodell, M.D. President and CEO, GlobeImmune
Timothy Rodell’s leadership and community involvement has greatly contributed to Colorado’s bioscience industry. He contributed significantly to Senator Bennet’s Colorado Competes Report as a member of the Innovation Roundtable. He also has been a voice at the federal level with a seat on BIO’s national Board leading our industry forward. Visit: http://www.globeimmune.com

Educator of the Year - Melissa Reynolds, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Colorado State University
Melissa Reynolds Ph.D. joined the Colorado State University faculty in 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and is a participating faculty member in the School of Biomedical Engineering. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses she has organized professional development and entrepreneurship programs and mentored over 25 multidisciplinary students. Her positive leadership and encouragement has been continually evident to her colleagues, funders and the bioscience community as a whole. More about Dr. Reynolds: http://www.news.colostate.edu/Release/5620

Business Partner of the Year - Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young has been a strong partner for over seven years helping to move Colorado’s bioscience industry forward. They have provided excellent service to the industry with expertise and dedication to our companies. Visit: http://www.ey.com

Legislator of the Year - State Representative Cheri Gerou
Representative Cheri Gerou has shown continued support for the bioscience community. She was involved in introducing and enabled the passage of HB 1283 and SB 47 to extend and further fund the Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program. Visit: http://cherigerou.com

Chairman’s Award - Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson’s dedication to advocacy and strategic development as an industry leader has advanced bioscience in Colorado. The company has continually supported CBSA’s efforts to advance the regional bioscience community including the development of CBSA’s Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor Conference and presence on the Board of Directors. Visit: http://www.jnj.com

Chairman’s Award - U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
Senator Michael Bennet has championed Colorado’s bioscience issues at the Capitol on several major issues including spearheading the Colorado Innovation Economy Committee and the “Colorado Competes” report, of which CBSA co-chaired; a CEO roundtable event with FDA Commissioner Hamburg; and The Medical Device Regulatory Improvement Act, introduced to boost Medical Device innovation and FDA reform. Senator Bennet leadership and perseverance continue to benefit the bioscience community as a whole. Visit: http://bennet.senate.gov

Link to the Business Wire newswire
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cat Care Society Is Now a Registered Non-Profit at GivingFirst.org, Participating in the Second Annual Colorado Gives Day December 6th

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Cat Care Society (CCS) has been accepted as a registered non-profit organization at GivingFirst.org, a program of the Community First Foundation. The announcement is made by Diane Stoner, President of the CCS Board of Directors who says, "Cat Care Society is simply thrilled to be a new GivingFirst.org participant. The opportunity to reach patrons and donors beyond the scope of our individual efforts, combined with no processing fees for donations made on Colorado Gives Day December 6th, means more funding will go directly to our important community programs at the Cat Care Society. This support for our appeal efforts is unprecedented.”

This is the second year for Colorado Gives Day and, similar to last year, processing fees will be covered by Community First Foundation, FirstBank and local foundations so that 100 percent of Colorado Gives Day donations go directly to nonprofit organizations such as CCS. FirstBank, Colorado’s largest locally owned bank, has renewed its role as corporate partner of Colorado Gives Day, committing $500,000 to kick off the 2011 campaign including $300,000 for the FirstBank Incentive Fund. The FirstBank Incentive Fund will be proportionally allocated across all donations received, increasing the value of each donation. FirstBank is also sponsoring 12 new High Five prizes at $5,000 each.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cover Article and National Trade Jounal Placements for Bell Aquaculture by Absolutely PR
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Quoting from the special report in the Indianapolis Business Journal by Sam Stall: "The ISA’s golden boy is Redkey-based Bell Aquaculture, the state’s only industrial-scale fish farming outfit. While Indiana’s aquaculture industry produces only 1 million pounds of fish annually, expansion plans at Bell will double that number by next year. And the technology the company is developing could pave the way for even higher production. Put simply, company officials have figured out how to raise their fish—yellow perch—indoors under highly controlled conditions, just as chicken and hog farmers do. The company’s plant raises 1.8 million fish annually. That number will balloon to 3 million when a $5 million expansion wraps up in 2012. To no surprise, Bell President Norman McCowan is bullish on Indiana’s aquaculture potential, believing that the state (and his company in particular) possesses the three things necessary to make a go of it: sustainable technology, readily available food (soybeans) and water, and funding." Subscribe to the IBJ

Bell Aquaculture is featured in the current edition (Volume 10, Issue 4 2011) of Fish Farming News - Aquaculture's National Newspaper. Quoting from the article by FFN Contributing Writer Brian Robbins: "'Vertically integrated' is a phrase that Bell uses frequently in describing itself: pretty much self-sufficient, relying only on outside suppliers for fee. Other than that, they've built their own little world in five years' time and can definitely call their fish their own, from broodstock and eggs, to harvesting and processing on the other end. With their existing facility, Bell is looking at producing 1.8 million yellow perch in a one-year growout cycle. The new addition that's currently under construction (with plans to be up and going by October) will add another 3 million yellow perch a year to Bell's forecast. But wait - it doesn't stop there: Bell's next expansion will boost that number significantly, with the company hoping to have the capacity to handle an additional 7.5 million perch by 2013." Link to FFN for subscription details

Link to the Bell Aquaculture News Feed Blog
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

MedivanceŽ Inc. Arctic SunŽ Products Are the Preferred Choice of the top-10 of the U.S. News & World Report 2011-12 Honor Roll Hospitals
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Building on a track record of serving the nation's top ranked hospitals, Medivance® Inc. is pleased to announce the top-10 of U.S. News & World Report 2011-12 Honor Roll Hospitals are all users of its Targeted Temperature Management™ product, the Arctic Sun®. The announcement was made by Robert Kline, President & CEO, who stated, "It is often said that you are known by the company you keep, and we are honored to be affiliated with the top tier of the U.S. News 2011-12 Honor Roll Hospitals. The Medivance Team is very proud of this achievement."

Body temperature, systematically measured and reported as a vital sign, contributes to maintenance of normal physiology and affects the processes leading to recovery after illness. Intentional manipulation of body temperature has therefore emerged as a key treatment strategy for hospitals. The Medivance® Arctic Sun® brings precision Targeted Temperature Management™ to the highest level of performance available today for intentionally manipulating body temperature as a treatment strategy.

"Our Arctic Sun® 5000 is really the only product in the market that can achieve, with precision, a prescribed order set for temperature management with consistency for each patient. This is of particular importance in the hospital environment for Continuous Quality Improvement , thus it's not surprising the top-10 Honor Roll hospitals make use of our technology," Kline explained.

Link to the PR Newswire

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Boulder County Business Report: Medivance serves top-ranked hospitals
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

9News Interview: "Conference brings together local innovative life-science companies"
NewGreggHolliFromVideo.jpgCBSA Pres/CEO Holli Reibel interviewed with 9News Business Reporter Gregg Moss on Sept 12 about the upcoming Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference in Denver. Presenting companies featured in the interview included PeptiVir, VetDC and Flashback Technologies.

Link to information about the RMLIPC, being held Sept 22 at the Brown Palace

Link to the related 9News.com posting
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