Monday, August 31, 2009

Baxa Corporation Named to Inc. 5000 as One of the Fastest‐Growing Private Companies in the US

Baxa Corporation announces that has included Baxa Corporation on its annual ranking of the top 5,000 fastest‐growing private companies in the US. Baxa has grown by more than 36%, achieving Inc. recognition to the 5000 list all three years since its inception. This places Baxa on a prestigious list of enterprises that have appeared on the list multiple times, many of which have grown to become national icons.

"We are honored to be acknowledged as one of the fastest‐growing private companies in the US," notes Greg Baldwin, Baxa Chairman and CEO. "The Inc. 5000 list is a great example of the positive impact that independent companies have on our economy." Baxa Corporation, founded in 1975, currently employs more than 500 associates through its Colorado headquarters, and Florida and United Kingdom subsidiary offices.

CriticalPoint, in partnership with Baxa Corporation, releases seven new training modules to its interactive programming for USP 797 compliance.

Baxa Corporation announces the launch of seven new training modules offered in The CriticalPoint Virtual Compounder training series. With these new modules, The Virtual Compounder training now comprises 10 self-paced, ACPE-approved modules that offer participants a total of 10 hours of ACPE credit. This innovative series of training lessons allows users not only to view, read and memorize materials, but to demonstrate a clear understanding and proficiency in USP 797 sterile compounding concepts.

The new Virtual Compounder modules teach users the skills necessary to be proficient in the following subjects: Daily Cleaning Activities, Monthly Cleaning Activities, Hazardous Spill Clean-up, Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC) Cleaning, Compounding Aseptic Containment Isolator (CACI) Cleaning, Compounding Aseptic Isolator (CAI) Cleaning and Performing Volumetric Air Sampling. And along with the other subjects: Garbing and Gowning, Solution Preparation and Laminar Air Flow Workbench (LAFW) Cleaning, each module covers the related requirements for USP 797 compliance. The complete series of training programs is owned by CriticalPoint and is marketed under the Baxa Corporation brand.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

2009 Colorado BioSymposium on Pulmonary Disease

A day devoted to Colorado's nationally acclaimed research on Pulmonary Disease. Join us for this all-day event, highlighting Colorado's cutting edge research on Pulmonary Disease on the beautiful University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. Experts from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and National Jewish Health will discuss research pertaining to Airway Diseases, Lung Cancer, Vascularization and Hypertension, Interstitial Disease and Pulmonary Fibrosis, as well as the associated funding and commercialization.

The keynote speaker for the BioSymposium will be Eric Olson, PhD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Molecular Biology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The topic of Dr. Olson’s remarks will be The Treatment of Pulmonary Artery Hypertension.

Conference Details:

WHEN: September 16, 2009 7:30am to 6:30pm This event is preceding the Rocky Mountain Life Science Investors Conference.

We are excited to extend a discounted rate to attendees.

WHERE: The conference will be held at Research Complex 2 (Trivisible on the 2nd Floor) at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.

REGISTRATION: Registration closes September 10, 2009, or as soon as all spaces are filled.
SPACE IS LIMITED - PLEASE REGISTER EARLY!! Visit: for registration and more details.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor Conference Announces Final 13 Presenting Companies & Nationally Acclaimed Speakers

Organizers of the Inaugural Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor Conference (RMLIC) have announced the final 13 of 30 presenting companies that will showcase their innovations to leading investors and industry experts on September 17 at the Ritz Carlton, Denver. The announcement is made by John Collar, President & CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA), who says the conference itinerary will also feature nationally acclaimed speakers Nobel Laureate Dr. Tom Cech and Roy Davis, President J&J Corporate Development.

“Both the Colorado BioScience Association and the Arizona BioIndustry Association along with our regional partners are simply thrilled to have both Roy Davis and Dr. Cech present during the Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor Conference,” Collar explains. “This will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear from two leaders within the industry and show the excitement around the biosciences that lie within the Rocky Mountain region.”

The final 13 of the 30 presenting companies at the RMLIC include:

* Allogenesis – Denver, CO – Website coming soon
* Applied Microarrays, Inc. – Tempe, AZ -
* Axial Biotech – Salt Lake City, UT -
* Beacon Biotechnology – Aurora, CO -
* Castle Biosciences- Phoenix, AZ -
* Leap Frogg – Grand Junction, CO – Website coming soon
* LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals – Bozeman, MT -
* Medipacs – Tucson, AZ -
* NanoMR – Albuquerque, NM -
* Numira Biosciences – Salt Lake City, UT -
* PharmaJet – Golden, CO -
* SenesTech, Inc. – Flagstaff, AZ -
* Western States Biopharmaceuticals – Aurora, CO -

Last month, during the first-round of the RMLIC selection process, the following 17 companies were announced: Apoplogic, Aurora, CO; BioAmps, Aurora, CO; Biodesix, Broomfield, CO; BiOptix Diagnostics, Boulder, CO; Coherex, Salt Lake City, UT; GlobeImmune, Louisville, CO; High Throughput Genomics, Tucson, AZ; Inviragen, Fort Collins, CO; Kinetic Muscles, Tempe, AZ; LineaGen, Salt Lake City, UT; Medivance, Louisville, CO; miRagen, Boulder, CO; Myocept, Lafayette, CO; Regenesis, Scottsdale, AZ; ThermImage, Salt Lake City, UT; ValveXchange, Aurora, CO; and Vital Access, Salt Lake City, UT.

For registration information, visit the conference website at

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Baxa launches awareness campaign addressing serious risk of tubing misconnections in NICU

Baxa Corporation announces the launch of a new awareness campaign for its NeoThrive Enteral Feeding System. The exclusive NeoThrive System provides Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) a safer way to help their fragile patients grow. NeoThrive uses distinct “Enteral Only” orange coloring and a specialty connector to eliminate the risk of serious IV line misconnections. Together with the NeoThrive Enteral Pump, the Baxa system provides a dedicated enteral system that combines visual cues and clear identification to ensure the safety of enteral connections for NICU feeding.

“Our goal is to raise the awareness of the serious risk of enteral feeding misconnections among healthcare professionals, while offering the industry a safe and complete solution,” notes Katie Calabrese, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Baxa Clinical Support Specialist. “The effort is supported by two different media in order to ensure this critical information reaches a large audience,” She continues. “Helping these fragile babies thrive is the reason Baxa produced the NeoThrive Enteral Feeding System.”

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Denver’s Absolutely Public Relations Adds Social Media PR Strategy & Tactics To Product Line

Denver-based Absolutely Public Relations has added social media PR strategy and tactics to its product line. The 10-year-old consulting firm actively embraces all the Web 2.0/social media tools -- including news feed blogs, SEO PR, Podcasting, Wikipedia, Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter, and video channels such as YouTube -- to help clients turn up the volume on their brands in both traditional and online media messaging.

“The single most important thing we do for clients in the social media realm is to retain brand integrity and consistency of message as we make use of social media opportunities,” Holben says. “A couple of excellent resources in understanding social media PR include the Social Media Revolution video (view below) and the 2009 Digital Readiness Report sponsored in part by the Public Relations Society of America.

Link to the PRWeb Newswire

Monday, August 24, 2009

ColoradoBiz TV: Ryan Ferrero at the CCIA Launch Event

Planet Profit Report

Ryan Ferrero of Primoris Energy Solutions talks at the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association’s launch about how the company is bringing clean technology and innovation to the transportation industry.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Rocky Radar - Recap of CBSA August BioBreakfast Discussing Commercialization of University Technology

"Wednesday’s [Aug 19, 2009] CBSA BioBreakfast offered insight into programs both inside and outside the University system designed to support the commercialization of bioscience technologies. Northern Colorado was showcased first with Todd Headly of the Colorado State University Technology Transfer Office speaking first. CSU has a unique approach to commercialization with Superclusters established in three specific areas to facilitate commercialization: MicoRx for infectious disease, NeoTrex for cancer, and Cenergy for clean energy. To the early success of the supercluster structure, Headly noted that since their formation invention disclosures have increased 135%. While Headly is proud of this accomplishment, he noted that the technology transfer office also provides support to technologies outside the Superluster areas. CSU is currently raising an early stage seed fund to support commercialization efforts." more. . .

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ColoradoBiz TV: CCIA Launch Highlights

Planet Profit Report

Christine Shappard, the executive director of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, talks to the press about the organization’s goal to make Colorado a world leader in the green economy. Plus, hear remarks from Don Elliman, new State of Colorado COO, and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter at the CCIA launch July 23, 2009.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Top 10 U.S. states for cleantech in 2009: Colorado Ranks #4

1. California is the 800-pound gorilla of cleantech, with half of all cleantech-related venture capital going to the Golden State, a total of $6.5 billion from 2006 to 2008. Backed by the leadership of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, they also have the most aggressive greenhouse-gas reduction targets in the country.

2. Texas boasts the world’s largest wind farm, and generates more electricity from wind than any other state. Moreover, Texas attracted more than $716 million in cleantech-related venture capital funds between 2006 and 2008.

3.Massachusetts can lay claim to the best university cluster in the world, with MIT, Harvard University, Boston University, Tufts University and Northeastern University helping attract from 2006 to 2008 $1.2 billion in venture capital funds—second only to California.

4. Colorado is cultivating a true cleantech culture, with roughly 200 cleantech firms dotting the area stretching from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins. The state has attracted more than 17,000 cleantech jobs from 2006 to 2008. Colorado was also able to attract Vestas Wind Systems, the world's leading supplier of wind turbines, to open four new plants—an investment of more than $600 million.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Pharmaceutical Job Site: Colorado biotechnology cluster on the rise

When the general public thinks about the life science industry, Boston and San Francisco come to mind first, with other areas such as New Jersey, San Diego and RTP coming in second. In reality, there are many other areas that have thriving biotech centers, and we make it our business to find out more about these less known areas whenever we can.

Colorado is home to a larger than expected number of life science companies, ranging from biotech and pharmaceutical to medical devices and agricultural biotech. According to the Colorado BioScience Association, there are approximately 380 bioscience companies in Colorado, directly creating over 16,000 biotech jobs and another indirectly supported 20,000 jobs. The average salary for these positions is well in excess of $60,000 per year. . .

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mike Cote Interview with Ron Bernal, chairman of CCIA

Ron Bernal, of Sequel Venture Partners and chairman of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, talks at the organization’s launch event about how the group plans to develop the green energy sector in Colorado.

Monday, August 10, 2009

August 9 - Denver Post: A conversation with Christine Shapard

A conversation with Christine Shapard, executive director of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, edited for length and clarity by staff writer Mark Jaffe:

Q: How has the recession affected clean-technology companies, especially startups?

Q: If climate and energy legislation, along the lines of the Waxman-Markey bill passed by the House, becomes law, what impact could it have for companies here?

Q: What effect is the Obama administration's economic stimulus package having on clean-technology companies?

Baxa Corporation Launches “Culture of Safety” Facebook Page

Baxa announces the launch of a new Facebook Page designed to influence a change in patient and medication safety practices. The Culture of Safety Page, sponsored by Baxa Corporation encourages pharmacy and nursing professionals to share experiences, insights and ideas for improving their profession and creating solutions that interject safety into the healthcare process. The site also serves as a portal for Web sites and resources related to establishing a cultural awareness around patient safety within specific health systems.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Colorado BioScience Association Announces 2009 Education Initiatives: Summer Externship Recipient, New Leadership Academy & BioNimbus Partnership

The Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) has embarked on an ambitious roster of education initiatives this year. The announcement is made by John Collar, CBSA President & CEO, who says the organization is again sponsoring a high school biology teacher in a paid externship program at a member bioscience company, participating in the new statewide Elementary Science Teacher Leadership Academy, and partnering with the BioNimbus organization to create a new database that better connect teachers, schools and companies.

Tammy Heartly (left), a Fairview High School biology teacher, is the second teacher to take part in the CBSA’s externship program and has spent part of her summer at OSI Pharmaceuticals in Boulder. Her experience at OSI includes investigating a preservative on a tissue sample to see if the preservative will keep the tissue’s DNA intact and show whether the use of the preservative will allow the DNA to sequence correctly.

ColoradoBiz TV: Don Marostica of Colorado’s OEDIT at CCIA's Launch

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Don Marostica, Gov. Ritter’s Republican pick to head the state’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, explains at the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association’s launch how green collar jobs will help put some of Colorado’s 250,000 unemployed to work.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Absolutely Public Relations Named PR Agency of Record for the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association

Colorado public relations consulting firm, Absolutely Public Relations, is the PR agency of record (AOR) for the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA). The announcement is made by Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR, owner/founder of Absolutely PR, who says the contract began earlier this year and two successful media relations campaigns are already yielding key media placements for the CCIA – both in traditional media outlets, as well as in the social media.

During recent launch festivities at the Governor’s Mansion, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter announced formation of the CCIA. The announcement was made together with Christine Shapard, founding Executive Director of the CCIA who said, “The CCIA is the only industry-led, industry-focused cleantech group in the state created to solidify Colorado’s position as the nation’s cleantech leader, new energy economy driver and technology innovator and we are one of only four cleantech business associations in the country.”

“Over the past few years, Colorado has become a national leader in the New Energy Economy, and one key reason is the thriving community of 300 cleantech companies and 20,000 employees based here,” Gov. Ritter said. “Even in this difficult economy, cleantech remains a vital part of our forward-looking economic-development strategy. The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association will help harness the power and the potential of this important economic sector as we lead Colorado forward and establish this state as the cleantech capital of the world.”