Thursday, December 05, 2013
"Last month, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade announced more than $3 million in grants aimed at helping academic researchers and bioscience companies take research from labs like those at Skaggs to market...
...At CID4, which stands for Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development, the grant totaled more than $1.3 million. The agency helps early stage bioscience companies get their companies off the ground and, according to OEDIT, the money will “support operations and the development and management of life-science discoveries.”
Kevin Smith, CID4’s executive director, said the grant shows that the organization, which now has eight companies in its portfolio, is having success...
...April Giles, president and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association, said that from the industry’s perspective, the grants are hugely important because they can bridge that gap between the research lab and the market place."
Link to the Aurora Sentinel
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Jane Dorsey, Cat Care Society Volunteer Coordinator, says "The Santa Paws Festival is a holiday tradition at our cat shelter in Lakewood, and the time when our dedicated volunteers show off their amazing baking skills and wreath making talents to help raise funds for our cat residents and community outreach programs.
New to the Festival this year are Jingle Cats created by CCS volunteers and the ‘Christmas Cats Auction.’ Saturday will be Family Day, with face painting and tree ornament crafting for children (9:30 to 12:30), The Original Dickens Carolers (11 to Noon), plus cat petting and free popcorn all day.”
Jingle Cats are debuting at the Santa Paws Festival this year with a total of 75 darling kitty tchotchkes spray painted ‘pearl mist’ and adorned with red ribbon collars and brass bells. Those spending $100 or more at the Festival will get “pick of the litter” for their ‘free gift’ Jingle Cat, regardless of size. The promotion starts at noon on Friday. Note: Supplies are limited, so the Jingle Cat free offer is first come, first served—limit one per person while supply lasts.
View Jingle Cats YouTube slide show: http://youtu.be/maU8LrNhHSk
Christmas Cats Auction – CCS volunteers have amassed a selection of twenty (20) awesome auction prizes for this year’s debut event. Prizes include: a Pandora Bracelet from Trice Jewelers; irresistible collectibles, including a charming Jim Shore figurine; gift cards from Massage Envy, Blissful Nails, Hallmark Gold Crown stores and Swarovski Boutiques; plus more. Christmas Cats Auction tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Winners will be announced at 4:30 on Saturday. Winners need not be present.
View Auction Items YouTube slide show: http://youtu.be/LCUPGLyE6I4
* Face Painting and Tree Ornament Crafting for children (9:30 to 12:30)
* The Original Dickens Carolers (11 to Noon)
* Cat petting and free popcorn all day at the shelter
Returning to the Santa Paws Festival are the annual bake sale, this year rebranded as ‘Ellen’s Bakery Shop;’ the ‘Deck The Halls’ Wreath Sale; the gently used cat curio sale, this year rebranded as “Cairo's Bazaar” of Collectible Treasures; Meow Mart shopping for new cat toys and supplies; plus shelter cat petting.
Favorites at ‘Ellen’s Bakery Shop’ are homemade candies, cookies, bar cookies, pies, jams, jellies, boxed cupcakes, Bundt cakes, spiced nuts, and FUDGE—all kinds of fudge. "Our Santa Paws' volunteer bakers are known for their creative and beautiful packaging, and many shoppers use purchases as hostess gifts at holiday parties and potlucks," Dorsey said. "Quite simply it’s the best bake sale in the history of the world—really! Plus, we serve refreshments, including Santa Paw's famous Cathouse Champagne Punch."
Link to the related newswire
Monday, November 25, 2013
The Fun of Clicker Training! (repeated due to popular demand.)
This class is half lecture and half workshop; there will be some hands-on aspects using shelter cats. Presented by Billie Reynolds - www.GoodKittyBehavior.com. Seminar Location: Cat Care Society shelter lower level conference room - $5 (free for platinum members).
Please RSVP via phone (303.239.9680) or email email@example.com
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
"Nov. 20: Participating Beau Jo's Pizza locations will donate 20 percent of sales to the Cat Care Society that helps abandoned, abused and injured cats. Visit the website for the required flier. Take-out orders included. catcaresociety.org"
Link to the posting
Denver Animal News Examiner:
"FEASTING FOR FELINES - The Cat Care Society's "Feasting for Felines" restaurant fundraiser is heading to Beau Jo's on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for both lunch and dinner. Beau Jo's will make a 20 percent donation to CCS per check at these locations on the front range: Denver, Arvada, Boulder, Evergreen and Idaho Springs. Visit the CCS website to print out a flyer to present to your server."
Link to Examiner.com
Beau Jo's is open until 9 p.m.
Link to the flyer
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
CBSA Commends the State of Colorado For Granting $3.135 Million To Advance Bioscience Research from Bench to Marketplace
Commercial Infrastructure grantees announced by the OEDIT include:
* The Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4): $1,350,000
CID4 is managing life science discoveries from Colorado research institutions and Colorado start-ups and early-stage businesses with the goal of creating bioscience jobs in Colorado. Grant funds support operations and the development and management of life-science discoveries. The CID4 has seven early-stage companies under its guidance supporting their operational development and attracting additional investment to meet their needs. Visit: http://cid4.com
* Colorado Center for Drug Discovery (C2D2): $750,000
Based at Colorado State University, C2D2 is a resource to faculty at Colorado research universities, bringing biology and chemistry faculty together to use chemical libraries, computational resources, bioinformatics, cheminformatics, database support, virtual high throughput screening, and Computer Aided Drug Design to pharmacologically validate drug candidates with patent-protected chemical matter and innovative therapeutics for unmet medical needs. C2D2 supports several inter-institutional projects with funding and resources. Further, C2D2 offers compounds to investigators through its screening library and medicinal chemistry services that are critical in the drug discovery process. Visit: http://c2d2.org
* The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado: $410,248
The University of Colorado Skagg's School of Pharmacy at Anschutz developed an HTS/HCS (high throughput/content screening) Core Facility for drug discovery. This resource has been utilized by more than 100 researchers and companies advancing the science and helping to secure intellectual property. http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/pharmacy/Pages/SchoolofPharmacy.aspx
* The BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado: $624,752
The BioFrontiers Institute is a state-of-the art research and education facility that links the basic sciences, engineering, clinical practice, and industry at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus to support breakthrough developments in areas such as engineering human tissues, RNA enzyme and aptamer-based pharmaceutical, biorefining, and genetics. Grant funds support equipment, resources and personnel costs to develop the core facilities of the institute. With grant support, the institute has developed one of the largest repositories of shRNAs in the world at the Functional Genomics Facility. Colorado companies partner with the institute to improve their products. Ventria, a Fort Collins based pharma-biologics company, has used mass spectrometry services to detect oxidation in recombinant protein samples manufactures for human terapeutics. OPX Biotechnologies based in Boulder utilizes mass spectrometry to detect levels of intracellular metabolytes in biofuel molecule samples. Longmont-based Avery Brewing Co. has partnered with the Next-Generation DNA Sequencing Facility to develop an early-detection test for yeast cross-contamination to reduce waste and inefficiencies in their production process. Visit: http://biofrontiers.colorado.edu
Link to the PitchEngine social media news release
Saturday, November 16, 2013
"Beau Jo's Pizza locations in Denver, Arvada, Boulder, Evergreen and Idaho Springs are hosting a "Feasting for Felines" fundraiser for the Cat Care Society in Lakewood on Nov. 20 — 20 percent of your pre-tax sale will go to the shelter for felines. Go to catcaresociety.org to print the flier."
Print and bring to your Beau Jo'server on Wednesday, Nov 20 (11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Metro Denver locations listed): http://www.catcaresociety.org/docs/BeauJosFlyer.pdf
Link to denverpost.com Pet Place
Pets go with everything
Also quoting from the Denver Post. from November 9, by Susan and Vickie Heath:
"For the third year in a row, the Cat Care Society has partnered with Best Friends Animal Society, the megashelter in Kanab, Utah, for the National "Back in Black" pet adoption effort. Based on research from Colorado State University, black pets stay longer in shelters waiting to be adopted, so all black cats will be available on a "Name Your Price" basis from the Cat Care Society in November. Visit the society's website for more details — and Best Friend's site for a list of more participating Colorado shelters and links to their websites; some of them are having adoption specials, as well. catcaresociety.org, bestfriends.org/what-we-do/events/back-in-black"
Thursday, November 14, 2013
"The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) today announced grantees for the Commercialization Infrastructure grants under the Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program (BDEGP). A total of $3,135,000 was awarded to support key industry infrastructure that facilitates drug discovery and lifts new bio-tech, life-science businesses off the ground.
'Congratulations to our deserving grantees who provide critical services to the bioscience industry and the state,' said Sonya Guram, program manager at OEDIT. 'The organizations provide key assets that we want to make solid for the long-term.'
* The Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development: $1,350,000
* Colorado Center for Drug Discovery: $750,000
* The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Univ of Colorado: $410,248
* The BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado: $624,752"
Link to the OEDIT news release
Link to a recap by Greg Avery/Denver Business Journal
"The Boulder Valley has a reputation as a hub for cancer-treatment drug research — especially targeting lung cancer — according to company representatives and an industry trade group.
Seven companies based in Boulder, Longmont and Louisville focus on cancer-related research, according to a Colorado BioScience Association database. The Denver-based industry trade group identified Boulder BioTechnology Inc., Clovis Oncology Inc., Siva Therapeutics Inc., SuviCa Inc. and Array BioPharma Inc., all in Boulder, as cancer research companies. GlobeImmune Inc. in Louisville and OnKure Inc. in Longmont also made the list...
...Laboratories related to the University of Colorado’s four campuses and veterinary studies at Colorado State University have led to a broad culture of innovation in cancer research, said April Giles, executive director of the Colorado BioScience Association. Several companies in Boulder and Broomfield counties are members of the group."
Link to the full article