Thursday, December 23, 2010

December 2010: CBSA FOCUS Newsletter

In This Issue:

Letter from President Holli Baumunk

Company Spotlight: ValveXchange, Inc.

2010 Year-In-Review


New Column from Denver-based Acupuncturist Dr. Martha Lucas: "Food for Thought About Beauty, Inside And Out"

Quoting from Dr. Martha Lucas' column in the current issue of Acupuncture Today:

"Friedrich Nietzsche said, 'At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.' This doesn't seem very true in our current society where many people are searching for cosmetic procedures outside themselves in order to feel good "at bottom." For some, no matter how many cosmetic procedures they endure, there will be no self-acceptance... Dr. Martha Lucas practices TCM in Denver. She is an internationally known instructor of pulse diagnosis and cosmetic acupuncture as well as the author of Vanity Calamity: Your Guide to Cosmetic Acupuncture for Anti-Aging. She is also a moderator on the Acupuncturetoday.com "Ask an Acupuncturist" forum."

Link to AcupunctureToday.com

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

LABS Inc. Adds Life Sciences Industry Veteran & CID4 COO Kevin M. Smith to Board of Directors

"CENTENNIAL, Colo., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- LABS Inc., the premier transplant reference and consultative laboratory in the country, today announced that Kevin M. Smith, Chief Operating Officer of the Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4), has joined the company's Board of Directors. Smith brings a wealth of experience running businesses in the biosciences industries.

In addition to his current role as COO of CID4, Smith was a member of the group that developed the original business plan and state grant proposal for the organization. He also sits on the boards of Sophono, Inc.; PeptiVir, Inc., and participates on the Centura Audit and Corporate Responsibility Management Committee."

Link to the PR Newswire release

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Video Recaps: Colorado Lt. Gov-Elect Joe Garcia & CCIA Executive Director Christine Shapard at Association's Annual Meeting

The 2010 Colorado Cleantech Industry Association Annual Meeting was held November 30 at the new Xcel Energy Building in Denver. Colorado's Lt. Governor-Elect Joe Garcia and CCIA Executive Director Christine Shapard provided formal remarks for members in attendance.

Colorado Lt Governor-Elect Joe Garcia:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOKUkor182g

CCIA Executive Director Christine Shapard:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytUloS9goB8

Link to the CCIA YouTube Channel

Colorado Ranks #3 in Optimum Solar Deployment Index

"Above-average costs of electricity, above-average carbon emissions due to production of electrical power, and a top five solar insolation ranking earn Colorado (No. 3) a top spot in the Optimum Solar Deployment Index (OSDI)."

Link to the index overview

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November Colorado BioScience Association FOCUS Newsletter - Luca Technologies, Federal QTDP Invests $23+ Million in Colo, Healthcare Reform & More

Articles of interest:

Company Spotlight: Luca Technologies - Page 2

Colorado and the Federal Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project (QTDP) - Page 3

Health Care Reform Update and CBSA's Health Care Reform Tool Kit - Page 4

Upcoming CBSA Events of Media Interest - Page 6
Dec 8 - BioBreakfast featuring Sharklet Technologies & Amgen, 2010 Award Winning Companies
Dec 9 - Medical Device Symposium
Dec 10 - Bioscience Finance Seminar: Year End Accounting Update

Link to the PDF

Monday, November 22, 2010

"Cleaning up in clean-tech industries"

"The federal stimulus package, with its emphasis on green jobs, is helping to infuse funds and support for the growth. But according to the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, an industry support group, the clean-tech boom is being powered by the state's mix of innovators, research and entrepreneurs.

The CCIA released a state cleantech action plan in mid-October to provide an industry overview and to identify areas for development and growth. The organization ratcheted up the fanfare by holding the first-ever Cleantech Awards ceremony, where Northern Colorado businesses, um, cleaned up."

Link to the NCBR article by Joshua Zaffos

More COBiz TV & Planet-Profit Report Interviews Recorded at the Colorado Cleantech Industry Awards: U.S. Senator Mark Udall, Tendril & Ice Energy

COBiz TV & Planet-Profit Report Editor Mike Cote shares more reports from the Colorado Cleantech Industry Awards held last month:

U.S Sen. Mark Udall talks about Colorado’s green economy:

http://www.cobizmag.com/videos/view/udall-on-cleantech

Ivo Steklac from Tendril, runner-up for the CCIA's High Impact Cleantech Company of the Year:

http://www.cobizmag.com/videos/view/tendril

Frank Ramirez from Ice Energy, the CCIA's Breakout Cleantech Company of the Year:

http://www.cobizmag.com/videos/view/ice-energy

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rocky Mountain Institute's CEO Michael Potts Interviews on the ColoradoBiz TV - Planet-Profit Report with Editor Mike Cote

ColoradoBizTV/Planet-Profit Report Editor Mike Cote talks with Michael Potts, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association's "National Cleantech Leader" award winner. The interview occurred at the CCIA's Inaugural Awards Celebration last month.



http://www.cobizmag.com/videos/view/rocky-mountain-institute1

Also check out these Planet-Profit Report interviews from the recent Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open:

Verdant Earth

InfiniRel Early Warning Systems

Energy Dynamics Lab/Utah State University

RMCO Mentor and Workshop Chair Jerry Healey

PCMI, Longmont-based solar battery company

Monday, November 15, 2010

Upcoming CBSA Event Roundup - Great Q4 Colorado Bioscience Programming

Nov 17, 2010
7:30am November BioBreakfast: The Children's Hospital - Details

Nov 18, 2010
7:00am Reimbursement and Regulatory Affairs Symposium - Details

Dec 08, 2010
7:30am December BioBreakfast: Awards Dinner - Details

Dec 09, 2010
1:00pm Medical Device Symposium - Details

Note: registration is necessary - links are provided to each event page.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Northern Colorado 'Bioscience companies share in federal funding'

Quoting from the Northern Colorado Business Report:

"Four Fort Collins bioscience companies have received nearly a quarter million dollars each for research projects from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

As a whole, the Colorado bioscience industry received over $23 million for 102 different research projects from the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project program. This places the state in the top 10 of those applying for QTDP grants and tax credits. The QTDP program, created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, is designed to provide support to small bioscience firms that show significant potential to produce cost-saving therapies."

Link to ncbr.com

Friday, November 05, 2010

DBJ: 'Colorado biotechs, medical firms get $23M in federal health-reform funds'

Quoting from the DBJ article by Greg Avery:

"Colorado biotech and medical device companies won $23 million in federal government grants and tax credits made available under health care reform legislation.

This week, 59 Colorado companies began receiving notice they qualified for money to help fund 102 projects.

The Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project, overseen by the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is part of the massive health care bill -- known as the Affordable Care Act -- passed by Congress in March.

The QTDP program offers funding to small companies creating medical therapies with the potential to reduce health care costs, create jobs or improve U.S. competitiveness.

The Colorado BioScience Association teamed with law and accounting firms in the bioscience industry to help companies apply in June."

Link to the news item

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Colorado’s Bioscience Industry Awarded more than $23 Million in Federal Funding - Ranking in Top Ten of all States

Colorado’s bioscience industry received over $23 million for 102 different projects in the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project (QTDP) program, per data posted online Monday by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The announcement is made by Holli Baumunk, President & CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA), who is proud to say that Colorado ranks in the top ten of all states applying for credits and grants under the new program.

“The QTDP program was created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 which was enacted in March of this year,” Baumunk explains. “This was a unique program in which $1 billion was allocated for tax credits and grants for start-up companies in the bioscience industry to help encourage innovation, advance technology and help ensure that the U.S. remains competitive in this industry. Colorado has a nationally ranked bioscience cluster with the majority of companies being in the start-up phase. Demonstrating the tremendous entrepreneurial climate in the state, more than 100 projects within Colorado have been funded through this program, bringing in more than $23 million for research activities.”

This new program was designed to provide tax credits and grants to small bioscience firms that show significant potential to produce cost saving therapies, support US jobs and increase US competitiveness.

For more information about the QTDP program, visit the IRS website at: http://ow.ly/34A1f

The following Colorado companies received QTDP tax credits and grants for their bioscience projects:

* Accelr8 Technology Corporation - http://www.accelr8.com
* Actium Biosystems, LLC - http://www.actiumbio.com
* Aktiv-Dry, LLC – http://www.aktiv-dry.com
* Allos Therapeutics, Inc. - received funding for six projects - http://www.allos.com
* ApopLogic, Inc. – received funding for two projects - http://www.apoplogic.com
* Aqueous Biomedical, Inc.- http://www.aqueousbio.com
* ARCA Biopharma, Inc. – received funding for two projects - http://www.arcabiopharma.com
* ArcScan, Inc. - http://www.arcscan.com
* AspenBio Pharma, Inc. - http://www.aspenbioinc.com
* Beacon Biotechnology, LLC - http://www.beaconbiotechnology.com
* BioAMPS International, Inc. - http://www.bioamps.com
* Biodesix, Inc. – received funding for six projects - http://www.biodesix.com
* BiOptix Diagnostics, Inc. - http://www.bioptix.com
* Bolder Biotechnology, Inc. – received funding for five projects - http://www.bolderbio.com
* Cell Point - http://www.cellpointweb.com
* CeMines, Inc. - http://www.cemines.com
* Cerapedics, Inc. – received funding for three projects - http://www.cerapedics.com
* CereScan Corp. – http://www.cerescanimaging.com
* Chata Biosystems, Inc. - http://www.chatasolutions.com
* Clovis Oncology, Inc. – received funding for two projects - http://www.clovisoncology.com
* Corgenix Medical Corp. - http://www.corgenix.com
* Crestone Inc. – received funding for two projects - http://www.crestonesystems.com
* EndoShape, Inc. – received funding for two projects - http://www.endoshape.com
* Eveia Medical, Inc. – http://www.eveiamedical.com
* Fertility Laboratories of Colorado, Inc. – http://www.flcolo.com
* Generations Medical Partners, LLC
* GlobeImmune, Inc. – received funding for three projects - http://www.globeimmune.com
* Greffex, Inc. - http://www.greffex.com
* Hiberna Corporation
* ICVRX, LLC
* Inviragen, Inc. – received funding for two projects - www.inviragen.com
* Isogenis, Inc. - http://www.isogenis.com
* Kestrel Labs, Inc. - http://www.kestrellabs.com
* Lanx, Inc. - http://www.lanx.com
* Leap Frogg, LLC
* MBC Pharma, Inc. - http://www.mbcpharma.com
* Micro-Imaging Solutions, LLC - http://www.micro-imaging.us
* MicroPhage, Inc. – received funding for two projects - http://www.microphage.com
* Miragen Therapeutics, Inc. - http://www.miragentherapeutics.com
* Myocept, Inc. - http://www.myocept.com
* N30 Pharmaceuticals, LLC - http://www.n30pharma.com
* Ocutronics, LLC - http://www.ocutronics.com
* Otologics, LLC - http://www.otologics.com
* Parascript, LLC - http://www.parascript.com
* PARE Surgical, Inc. - http://www.paresurgical.com
* Pathogen Systems, Inc. - http://www.crystaldiagnostics.com
* PharmaJet, Inc. - http://www.pharmajet.com
* Precision Photonics Corp. - http://www.precisionphotonics.com
* ProFoldRx, Inc. dba BaroFold, Inc. - http://www.barofold.com
* Protectstyle Corp.
* Pyxant Labs, Inc. – received funding for two projects - http://www.pyxant.com
* Rocky Mountain Biosystems, Inc. - received funding for two projects
* SomaLogic, Inc. – received funding for eight projects - http://www.somalogic.com
* Sophono Inc. - http://www.sophono.com
* Source Precision Medicine Inc. dba Source MDx - received funding for two projects - http://www.sourcemdx.com
* St Cardio Technologies - http://www.stcardio.com
* St. Renatus, LLC - http://www.st-renatus.com
* Sundance Diagnostics, Inc. - http://www.sundancedx.com
* Surefire Medical, Inc. - http://www.surefiremedical.com
* ValveXchange, Inc. - http://www.valvexchange.com
* Ventria Bioscience - received funding for three projects - http://www.ventria.com
* Vitrolife, Inc. - http://www.vitrolife.com

“Start-up companies in the bioscience industry face a constant struggle for funding due in part to the high cost of research and development, and the challenging fundraising environment, with the majority of companies working on less than six months of cash on hand,” Baumunk said. “It’s a difficult industry to survive in, and given the economic struggles over the last two years, funding bioscience research has become even more difficult. The QTDP program offered these companies a way to continue to develop products and work on life saving therapies that will undoubtedly impact the health and quality of life of patients worldwide. We expect that these awards will lead to the production new life saving therapies and medical technologies, which will impact patients and companies for years to come.”

Link to the related HHS release, "Secretaries Geithner, Sebelius, NIH Director Collins Announce Recipients of Affordable Care Act Grants to Support Groundbreaking Biomedical Research," disseminated yesterday: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/11/20101103b.html

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Abound Solar's Tom Tiller Interviews on Planet-Profit Report - taped at the Oct 19th CCIA Awards Event in Denver

Editor Mike Cote talks with Abound Solar at the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association Awards Celebration October 19th. Abound Solar won High Impact Cleantech Company of the Year at the event.



http://www.cobizmag.com/videos/view/sunny-days-for-solar

Colorado Cleantech Action Plan Featured: "10 ways Global Cleantech Clusters are accelerating the Cleantech Revolution"

The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association's recently released Cleantech Action Plan is featured along with major projects in Graz, Austria; CleanTECH SanDiego; Finnish Cleantech Cluster; The Finnish Environmental Cluster for China; The Global Cleantech Cluster Association; Swisscleantech; The CleanTech Center in Syracuse; Peterborough (UK) EnviroCluster; and the EcoClup association. The article, "10 ways Global Cleantech Clusters are accelerating the Cleantech Revolution," was compiled by Shawn Lesser.

"Shawn Lesser is the president and founder of Atlanta-based Sustainable World Capital, which is focused on fund-raising for private equity cleantech/sustainable funds, as well as private cleantech companies and M&A. He is also a co-founder of the GCCA Global Cleantech Cluster Association, and can be reached at shawn.lesser@sworldcap.com."

Link to Cleantech Insights

Sunday, October 31, 2010

More Video 2010 BioWest/CBSA Awards Dinner - Dr. Temple Grandin, BIO & MDMA

The CBSA had the honor of hosting CSU's Dr. Temple Grandin as the keynote presenter for its 2010 Awards Dinner at the Denver Grand Hyatt - September 29, 2010. Dr. Grandin also received the CBSA's 2010 Chairman's Award (CBSA Board Chair Rick Jory, pictured here thanks to w3w3.com, presents the award to Dr. Grandin).

Dr. Grandin was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child. At age two she had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Fortunately, her mother defied the advice of the doctors and kept her out of an institution. Many hours of speech therapy, and intensive teaching enabled her to learn speech. As a teenager, life was hard with constant teasing. Mentoring by her high school science teacher and her aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated her to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer. Dr. Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1974, she was employed as Livestock Editor for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and also worked for Corral Industries on equipment design. In 1975, she earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Dr. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and is currently a Professor at Colorado State University.

Most recently the HBO made-for-TV movie of Dr. Grandin's life story won seven Emmy awards. Visit http://www.grandin.com or http://www.templegrandin.com for more information. Link to the CBSA YouTube Channel to view Dr. Grandin's introductory remarks at the 2010 CBSA Awards dinner:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qparN8PcdQY

View BIO CEO Jim Greenwood's Introductory Remarks - 2010 Keynote Luncheon - Healthcare in Transtion:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dIA54LICh0

View MDMA CEO Mark Leahey's FDA Issues and Physican Disclosure Video Clips:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5OGjPYulhQ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gopeww-1b9U

Special thanks: these video clips were shot by John Downs for the CBSA. Visit http://www.downsmkting.com

View additional 2010 BioWest videos previously posted at the COBioscience YouTube Channel: http://coloradobio.blogspot.com/2010/10/selected-video-recaps-from-biowest-2010.html

Also review related 2010 BioWest news coverage:

Colorado Springs Gazette

Colorado Public Radio

Denver Post

Northern Colorado Business Report

9News - Denver

Denver Business Journal

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Replay: Colorado has a Cleantech Action Plan in place now, driven by the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association

The Colorado Cleantech Action Plan, released 10/18/10 at a State Capitol news conference, finds Colorado's innovation in the wind, solar, smart grid and bio-derived sectors, combined with the state’s progressive policies, will be the leading driver of industry growth over the next five years. The analysis, commissioned by the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, was conducted over a five-month period by an independent consulting firm, Navigant Consulting, and involved more than 100 industry stakeholders.

Charles Eggert, President & CEO of OPX Biotechnologies and Vice Chair of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, puts the Colorado Cleantech Action Plan into perspective at the news conference:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTgeco5Jt_Y

Link to an overview of all the presenters at the news conference - http://coloradocleantech.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-colorado-cleantech-action-plan.html

Christine Shapard, Executive Director of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, reviews the release of the Colorado Cleantech Action Plan at the inaugural Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration (http://coloradocleantech.blogspot.com/2010/10/video-recap-2010-colorado-cleantech.html) held 10/19/10 onsite at the Denver Marriott City Center during the NREL Industry Growth Forum:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqqS3sXU5VE

Link to the pdf of the plan's executive summary - http://www.coloradocleantech.com/documents/CCIAStatePlanExecutiveSummary_Web_10-12-2010.pdf

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

CCIA Exec Director Chris Shapard & Colorado's 2010 Cleantech Entrepreneur of the Year Ray Johnson Interview with w3w3's Larry Nelson

Quoting from w3w3.com:

"Larry met with Chris Shapard, Executive Director of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Assoc. (CCIA) and asked her how CCIA got its start. Chris said, 'Two years ago a group of venture capitalists and a couple of attorneys realized that Colorado had a lot of strengths in cleantech. Cleantech is not just renewable energy, it's not just wind, power and biofuels, but it's also those technologies that use traditional energy more efficiently.'"

Link to the Chris Shapard interview

"A day after the Colorado Cleantech Industry Assoc. Awards program Larry sat down with Chris Shapard, Executive Director of CCIA and Raymond Johnson, President and CEO of Infinite Power Solutions. Ray was the winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Cleantech industry and is also a Colorado Companies to Watch Winner. After Chris introduced Ray, Larry asked Ray to tell us about Infinite Power Solutions."

Link to Ray Johnson's interview

Link to the w3w3.com website

Video Recap: 2010 Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration


"We want to extend our congratulations to this year's winners, plus extend sincere appreciation from the Colorado Cleantech Industry to these outstanding companies and individuals who have truly made a difference as they've forged their paths in the cleantech sector," CCIA Executive Director Christine Shapard says. "Further, we want to convey our appreciation to Ira Ehrenpreis, noted venture capitalist and cleantech industry expert, who served as the keynote speaker for our first awards event."

Winners Include:

Political Advocate of the Year: Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., introduced by Colorado's Senior U.S. Senator Mark Udall:




Governor Ritter's remarks:




High Impact Cleantech Company of the Year: Abound Solar (Loveland, CO):




From corporate and manufacturing headquarters in Colorado, Abound Solar (formerly known as AVA Solar) is producing the next generation of thin-film cadmium telluride solar modules ideally suited for large- and utility-scale commercial installations. Founded in 2007 and built upon 15 years of development at CSU and with the support of NREL, Abound Solar has raised approximately $600M in equity investments from private institutions and in the form of federal loan guarantees from the US DOE. With that capital, the company has hired 350 employees and has plans to expand to over 1500 by 2014. The company already occupies 5 locations across Northern Colorado, and is tripling the size of its Longmont manufacturing facility. Visit: http://www.abound.com

Runner-Up High Impact Cleantech Company of the Year: Tendril (Boulder, CO):




Tendril is a leading energy management technology provider that offers energy management software, hardware and services for both consumers and utility companies. The company was recognized in September 2010 by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s most innovative technology start-ups. Through the 20 Smart Grid pilot programs the company has secured in 2010 alone, Tendril will provide turnkey delivery of products and services to utilities and their customers in 14 states throughout the country. Tendril is venture backed by VantagePoint Venture Partners, Good Energies, RRE Ventures, Vista Ventures, GE and Appian Ventures. Visit: http://www.tendrilinc.com

Breakout Cleantech Company of the Year: Ice Energy (Windsor, CO):




Founded in 2003, Ice Energy’s smart grid platform integrates revolutionary, distributed energy storage technology with an advanced software infrastructure and intelligent two-way control to provide utilities with a powerful, cost-effective alternative to conventional peaking power plants for meeting peak demand. In January 2010, Ice Energy announced plans with the Southern CA Public Power Authority to undertake the nation’s first utility-scale, smart grid-enabled distributed energy storage project. SCPPA estimates that it will offset enough peak demand to power the equivalent of 10,000 homes, and reduce carbon emissions equal to removing 3,000 cars. Visit: http://www.ice-energy.com

Emerging Cleantech Company of the Year: VanDyne SuperTurbo (Fort Collins, CO):




VanDyne SuperTurbo, Inc. is a technology company specializing in the design, development and production of SuperTurbochargers for the global automotive market and for heavy duty engine manufacturers. A SuperTurbocharger is a transmission driven turbocharger, which can function as a supercharger or a turbo compounder that recovers waste heat that is added to engine power. In August 2010, VanDyne SuperTurbo Inc. announced that it had signed a contract with Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) to develop more fuel-efficient Class 8 trucks using VanDyne SuperTurbochargers. The agreement is part of the Super Truck program, a cost-sharing initiative between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the private sector. Visit: http://www.vandynesuperturbo.com

Colorado Cleantech Entrepreneur of the Year: Raymond R. Johnson (Littleton, CO):




Raymond R. (Ray) Johnson was appointed President and CEO of Infinite Power Solutions in September of 2005. In just 5 years at IPS, Ray has grown the company from five full-time employees to a current workforce approaching 50 employees, and, has successfully raised over $60 million of equity investment from both Tier 1 VC firms from outside the state of Colorado and four different Fortune 100 corporations. Also under Ray’s leadership IPS has completed the build-out of the world’s first and only volume manufacturing facility for solid-state rechargeable batteries in Littleton, Colorado, started shipping product commercially in 2009 to a wide range of customers globally, and earlier this year, achieved ISO 9001 certification. Visit: http://www.infinitepowersolutions.com

National Cleantech Leader: Rocky Mountain Institute (Snowmass, CO):




RMI's style is non-adversarial and trans-ideological, emphasizing integrative design, advanced technologies, and mindful markets. RMI’s strategic focus, sharpened in 2009, weaves together much of their energy work of the past 27 years plus further innovations, and applies their discovery of how integrative design can achieve expanding, not diminishing, returns to investments in advanced energy efficiency. RMI calls this strategic focus “Reinventing Fire” - mapping and driving the profitable transition from oil and coal to efficiency and renewables. This transformational shift can bring an oil-free world, a stabilized climate, nuclear nonproliferation, less poverty, more stability, and durable prosperity. RMI works extensively with the private sector, as well as with civil society and government, to create abundance by design and to apply the framework of natural capitalism. Visit: http://www.rmi.org

Governor’s Award for Excellence in Cleantech Leadership: Ron Bernal, NEA (Boulder, CO) -- accepted on behalf of Mr. Bernal by Tim Connor, Partner, Sequel Venture Partners:




Ron joined NEA in 2010 as a Venture Partner focused on information technology and energy technology investments. He is a director of Boulder Wind Power, Data Robotics and ProStor. Previous board memberships include Data Domain (acquired by EMC), HelioVolt, LifeSize (acquired by Logitech), Indicative (acquired by Nimsoft) and Redseal. Prior to joining NEA, Ron was a Partner at Sequel Venture Partners where he focused on cleantech, enterprise infrastructure and enterprise software investments. While at Sequel, he led the firm's investment in HelioVolt and Buzzwire. A strong advocate of alternative energy technologies, Ron is a founding member and chairman of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association and serves on the board of the Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open. Visit: http://www.nea.com/Team/Default.aspx?id=27

The awards were emceed by Bart Taylor, publisher of ColoradoBiz Magazine and the Planet-Profit Report -- media partners of the CCIA. Link at http://www.planetprofitreport.com

Further CCIA Executive Director, recapped the Colorado Cleantech Action Plan for Awards Celebration attendees:




Link to the CCIA YouTube Channel

Link to the PR Web Newswire

Link to the Pitch Engine social media release

The Colorado BioScience Association and 650+ Partners Oppose Amendments 60 and 61 & Proposition 101

The Colorado BioScience Association together with over 650 partners are opposed to three ballot measures facing Colorado this election – Amendment 60, Amendment 61 and Proposition 101. The announcement is made by Holli Baumunk, CBSA President & CEO, who says these three measures - also known as the 'ugly three' - are referred to as tax breaks, but will have a devastating impact on Colorado and the companies located in the state for years to come.

“These three measures are certain to bring long-term harm to the bioscience industry as a whole and push Colorado’s economy further into recession,” Baumunk explains, “Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 create an unprecedented $4.2 billion deficit at the state and local level, displacing 73,000 jobs, terminating over 8,000 classroom teachers and dramatically increasing fees and licenses on small business. This will happen on top of the 110,000 jobs already lost in Colorado in the last 18 months of the recession.”

Link to the Business Wire release

Link to the Pitch Engine social media release [includes four videos]

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Guest Commentary: 'Investing in bioscience innovation'

Quoting from the commentary by Kristina M. Lybecker:

"As the national unemployment rate nears 10 percent, job creation and industrial growth are more important than ever. America's continued international competitiveness depends on building on our successes and fostering economic growth. The biopharmaceutical sector is one of those successes. Moreover, it has been one of the few sources of good news during the recession of 2008. While private-sector employment was declining, the biopharmaceutical sector grew by 1.4 percent."

Link to denverpost.com

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Boulder Daily Camera: 'Boulder represented in Cleantech Awards winners'

Quoting from the article:

"A local businessperson, an organization with local ties and a Boulder-based business were among the winners of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association’s first-ever Cleantech Awards."

Link to dailycamera.com

ColoradoBiz TV - Planet-Profit Report Talks to CCIA Award Winner Colo Gov Bill Ritter

Added on: 10.19.2010
Planet-Profit Report

Editor Mike Cote talks with Gov. Bill Ritter about the state’s sustainable future at the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association awards.



Link to the ColoradoBiz - Planet-Profit Report site

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CEN: 'A Way Forward for Colorado Jobs and Prosperity — Cleantech Action Plan Unveiled'

Quoting from the CEN article by Jonas Wright:

"As clean technology proves itself as a commercially-viable enterprise competition to lure startups and green-based manufacturing has intensified. To keep Colorado’s name near the top of the list, the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA) released their cleantech action plan during a press conference..."

Link to Colorado Energy News, including video from the COCleantech YouTube Channel

CPR: 'Colorado Cleantech Future'

Quoting from the site:

"Wind, solar, biofuels and "smart grid" companies are the major players in Colorado's cleantech industry, which is looking for ways to bring new business to the state. A just-released industry action plan has ideas for attracting new research and development operations, and supplying the wind and solar manufactuers who are already here. The plan calls for easier permitting, new attention to green-energy distribution, and training the engineers and business executives who will drive the industry's future. Colorado Public Radio's Mike Lamp talks with Chris Shapard, Executive Director of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association."

Link to listen

'Clean energy growth pushed: Industry group says funding needed to keep Colorado at forefront of new technologies'

Quoting from the article by Steve Raabe in this morning's Denver Post:

"Colorado must invest hundreds of millions of dollars in coming years to maintain its status as a national leader in clean energy, a new report suggests.

The study from the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association says Colorado has capitalized on its natural energy and intellectual resources but needs to push the growth of startup and relocating renewable-energy companies in the face of competition from other states.

'The question is not do we have the resources but how do we cement and accelerate to capitalize on the resources we have,' said Sandy Butterfield, chief executive of Boulder Wind Power, a startup wind-turbine firm.

Link to the denverpost.com

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Colorado Cleantech Action Plan Identifies Leading Drivers of Industry Growth in the State

The Colorado Cleantech Action Plan, released today at a State Capitol news conference, finds Colorado's innovation in the wind, solar, smart grid and bio-derived sectors, combined with the state’s progressive policies, will be the leading driver of industry growth over the next five years. The analysis, commissioned by the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA), was conducted over a five-month period by an independent consulting firm, Navigant Consulting, and involved more than 100 industry stakeholders. Link to Greentech Media. Link to video of the news conference at the following links:

Christine Shapard - Executive Director, CCIA - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bgrCwds7mA

Don Elliman - Colorado Chief Operating Officer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1pQzJDtvpc

Sandy Butterfield - CEO, Boulder Wind Power - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_iE2be4Ffg

Charles Eggert - CEO, OPX Biotechnologies - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTgeco5Jt_Y

Andy Wickless - Associate Director, Navigant Consulting - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=738MsnP9wb8

Q&A Session - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwhIDdVbSO0

Link to the pdf of the Colorado Cleantech Action Plan Executive Summary: http://ow.ly/2VBSU

Colorado BioScience Association and Two of the State’s Economic Development Entities, Tout Colorado’s Strengths at AdvaMed 2010

Denver, CO, October 18, 2010 – Representatives from the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA), Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation will showcase Colorado’s medical device and diagnostics sectors during 'AdvaMed 2010: The MedTech Conference,' October 18-20, in Washington, D.C. The announcement is made by Holli Baumunk, CBSA President & CEO, who says more than 170 industry experts and thought leaders will participate in 35 educational panels and four executive workshops during the event, including the following CBSA members:

Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, www.metrodenver.org
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, www.colorado.gov
CEA Technologies, www.ceatechnologies.com
Cardinal Health, http://www.cardinal.com
Covidien, http://www.covidien.com
Medtronic, http://www.medtronic.com
CaridianBCT, http://www.caridianbct.com
Roche, http://www.roche.com
Johnson & Johnson, http://www.jnj.com
Ernst & Young, http://www.ey.com

Link to the Business Wire release

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Boulder County Business Report: 'Sophono will use grant to expand'

Quoting from the news item:

"Sophono Inc., a Boulder-based hearing-device designer, is expected to use a new $600,000 grant to expand its operations in the United States, the company president said.

The company plans to relocate its manufacturing and assembly operations from Germany to Boulder and to hire six to 10 new employees in the next few months, Jim Kasic, president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Sophono got the money from the Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development funding group in Aurora."

Link to the Boulder County Business Report

Northern Colorado Business Report: 'VanDyne SuperTurbo cleantech finalist'

Quoting from the news item:

"Fort Collins-based VanDyne SuperTurbo Inc. has been named a finalist for the Emerging CleanTech Company of the Year by the Colorado CleanTech Industry Association. Winners will be announced Tuesday, Oct. 19, at a luncheon celebration at the Denver Marriott City Center. 'We are extremely proud to be nominated for this award by the CleanTech community here in Colorado,' said Ed VanDyne, founder and CEO of VanDyne SuperTurbo, in a prepared statement."

Link to the Northern Colorado Business Report

Boulder County Business Report: 'Area cleantech firms recognized'

Quoting from the article:

"Boulder is well-represented in the award nominations because it is known for its high-tech companies and its 'green' companies, said Chris Shapard, executive director of the industry group [the Colorado Cleantech Industry Assocation].

'I think this reflects Boulder's infrastructure, really, the innovation infrastructure with the proximity to CU, the group of investors in Boulder and the entrepreneurs that make Boulder their home,' Shapard said."

Link to the Boulder County Business Report

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cleantech Awards: "Northern Colorado businesses among Cleantech finalists"

"Several northern Colorado businesses are among the finalists in the inaugural Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration being organized by the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association.

Winners will be announced Oct. 19 at the Denver Marriott City Center."

Link to greeleytribune.com

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Selected Video Recaps from BioWest 2010 Now Posted at the CBSA YouTube Channel

Link to a selection of videos from BioWest 2010 at the CBSA YouTube Channel:

Dorsey & Whitney Venture Showcase Winner: Sharklet Technologies (winner of both the Venture Showcase and CBSA Rising Star Company): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWSJatkLySM

PeptiVir Venture Showcase Presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51iCtGMfrHg

Introduction of 2010 Boettcher Investigators at BioWest/CBSA Awards Banquet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a70tpKnipOQ

Well Fargo Bank (Sponsor of the Colorado Large Company Showcase)- BioWest Overview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvv0zRtKNFc

Amgen Overview - BioWest 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S8j1kKjSOs

CaridianBCT Overview - BioWest 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v45gyt7Bdqs

Medtronic Navigation Overview - BioWest 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GLjdORbJN8

Roche Colorado Overview - BioWest 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLWHR9fGQXQ

Part 1 - Mark Heesen Presentation at BioWest 2010 - Heesen is President of the National Venture Capital Association (first of five parts): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LshupB5Ca0

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Business News: "Colorado BioScience Association names industry winners"

"The Colorado BioScience Association announced the winners of its 2010 industry awards presented today at the Grand Hyatt, Denver. Recipients of the 2010 awards are:

- Life Time Achievement Award: Robert Collins. In 1964, Collins and business partner Ran Bellows moved their small southern California business to Lakewood. Their company, COBE Laboratories, manufactured and distributed medical specialty products around the world, and soon became an international player in the medical device sector. Collins directed the development of COBE until its sale to Gambro in 1990. He has remained active in the health care field as a director of Denver Biomedical, Inc. and Eleanor Roosevelt Research Institute.

- Life Time Achievement Award -Robert Anderson. In 1969, Anderson co-founded Valleylab, Inc., and served as CEO and chairman until January 1986. He relinquished his role as CEO in 1986 and continued as chairman until retiring in May of 1996. ValleyLab, which focuses on electrosurgical and ultrasonics systems, was acquired by Pfizer, Inc., in 1983. Anderson was named the first Boulder Entrepreneur of the Year in 1985. In 1999, he received the “Pioneer in Endoscopy” award from the Society of American Gastrointestinal Surgeons, for his early work in “keyhole” surgery. He holds six patents assigned to Medtronic and ValleyLab."

Link to gazette.com for all the winners

Friday, October 08, 2010

Venture Showcase - "Biotech in Colorado: Synthetic Sharkskin and So Much More"

Report by Eric Whitney: "The Colorado BioScience Association holds a competition every other year to find the state's top new biotechnology start-up company. Nominees get the chance to pitch their ideas to a room full of potential investors. That's more important than ever in a down economy, when start-up funding is hard to find."

Link to listen at the CPR website

Colorado BioScience Association Awards Dinner 2010: Honoring The Best of Colorado's Bioscience Industry

Congratulations to these winners:

Life Time Achievement Award -- Robert Collins

Life Time Achievement Award – Robert Anderson

2010 Company of the Year Award -- Amgen

2010 Rising Star Award -- Sharklet Technologies

Volunteer of the Year Award – Larry Blankenship

Educator of the Year Award – Deanna Scott

2010 Partner of the Year Award – University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office and Colorado State University Technology Transfer Office

2010 CBSA Chairman’s Award – Dr. Temple Grandin

Read more about each honoree:



Denver Post: Sharklet Technologies wins BioWest Venture Showcase & CBSA Rising Star

"Sharklet Technologies Inc., an Aurora- based maker of an antimicrobial surface, won the Dorsey & Whitney Venture Showcase Award at the 2010 BioWest Conference & Expo on Wednesday. Sharklet competed against three companies for the honor: AmideBio of Boulder; BioVantage of Golden; and PeptiVir Inc. of Aurora."

Link to denverpost.com

Note: Sharklet was also the CBSA Rising Star Company of 2010.

Link to Business Wire or PR Web newswire for an overview of all the 2010 CBSA award recipients.

Rocky Radar: Sophono and PeptiVir First CID4 Awardees

"The Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4) announced the two companies that received funding based on its initial solicitation. Sophono, Inc, based in Boulder, is receiving $600K to further the development of its Alpha 1 Magnetic Bone Anchored Hearing System...PeptiVir, Inc, based in Aurora, will receive $300K to support development of its universal flu vaccine."

Link to the Rocky Radar post

NCBR: "Colorado State University is bioscience Partner of the Year Award winner" and more


"September 30, 2010 -- Colorado State University's Technology Transfer Office shared the 2010 Partner of the Year Award with the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office from the Colorado Bioscience Association."

Link to the article at ncbr.com

Rocky Radar Overviews BioWest and Venture Showcase 2010

"The first day of CBSA’s BioWest included a wide variety of perspectives from presentations by emerging companies in Colorado to a panel focusing on international opportunities."

Link to BioWest Day 1 Recap

"The first day of CBSA’s annual BioWest Conference brought the always-popular venture showcase in which the four finalists, selected from 21 entrants, presented their technologies to a panel of investors."

Link to Sharklet Wins Biowest Venture Showcase

"The second day of BioWest began with Chris Nolet of Ernst and Young discussing his company’s global biotechnology report."

Link to BioWest Day 2 Recap

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

CCIA announces CO Cleantech Awards finalists.

"The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA) has released names of the finalists for its inaugural 'Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration' recognition event, honoring leadership in advancing cleantech. 'Winners will be announced Tuesday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Denver Marriott City Center, at our now officially sold-out event,' Christine Shapard, Executive Director of the CCIA announces, 'We're extremely pleased to share the twenty finalists who emerged from our recent statewide call for nominations.'"

Link to the Colorado Cleantech Hub
"Great ideas out of thin air."

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Colorado Cleantech Industry Association Announces Finalists for Inaugural Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration

The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA) has released names of the finalists for its inaugural "Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration" recognition event, honoring leadership in advancing cleantech. "Winners will be announced Tuesday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Denver Marriott City Center, at our now officially sold-out event," Christine Shapard, Executive Director of the CCIA announces, "We're extremely pleased to share the twenty finalists who emerged from our recent statewide call for nominations."

CCIA - Leadership in Advancing Cleantech Awards - Finalists Include:

* High-Impact Cleantech Company of the Year
Abound Solar (Loveland, CO) - http://www.abound.com
Advanced Energy Industries, Solaron Business (Fort Collins, CO) - http://www.advanced-energy.com
CoorsTek (Golden, CO) - http://www.coorstek.com
Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. (Littleton, CO) - http://www.infinitepowersolutions.com
Tendril (Boulder, CO) - http://www.tendrilinc.com

* Breakout Cleantech Company of the Year
Ice Energy (Windsor, CO) - http://www.ice-energy.com
OPX Biotechnologies, Inc. (Boulder, CO) - http://www.opxbiotechnologies.com
ZeaChem, Inc. (Lakewood, CO) - http://www.zeachem.com

* Emerging Cleantech Company of the Year
Green Garage (Boulder, CO) - http://www.greengarage.com
RavenBrick LLC (Denver, CO) - http://www.ravenbrick.com
VanDyne Super Turbo (Fort Collins, CO) - http://www.vandynesuperturbo.com

* Colorado Cleantech Entrepreneur of the Year
Raymond R. Johnson, Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. (Littleton, CO) - http://www.infinitepowersolutions.com
Doug Schatz, Advanced Energy Industries (Fort Collins, CO) -
http://www.advanced-energy.com/en/Officers_Board.html
Adrian Tuck, Tendril (Boulder, CO) -
http://www.tendrilinc.com/about/management-team

* National Cleantech Leadership
Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory - http://www.coloradocollaboratory.org
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, CO) - http://www.nrel.gov
Rocky Mountain Institute (Snowmass, CO) - http://www.rmi.org

* Governor's Award for Excellence in Cleantech Leadership
Ron Bernal, NEA (Boulder, CO) - http://www.nea.com/Team/Default.aspx?id=27
Richard Franklin, Clean Tech Open (Denver, CO) - http://www.linkedin.com/in/dickfranklin
Paul Nelson, Saoradh Energy (Boulder CO) - http://www.saoradh.com

Further, according to Shapard, "We have simply been overwhelmed by the response for advance reservations to the event. We thank the Colorado Cleantech Industry and business community at large for welcoming our new cleantech awards event with such gusto."

Ira Ehrenpreis, noted venture capitalist and cleantech industry expert is the keynote speaker for the event.

Link to the PR Newswire Release

Link to the Pitch Engine social media release

Monday, October 04, 2010

Boettcher Foundation Pres/Exec Director Tim Schultz Introduces 2010 Class of Boettcher Investigators to Bioscience Industry at CBSA Awards Dinner

Timothy W. Schultz, President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation, introduced the new Webb Waring Biomedical Research program and the 2010 Boettcher Investigators to the Colorado Bioscience Community at the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) Awards Dinner held September 29th during the 8th annual BioWest Conference & Expo.

There are six Boettcher Investigators in the inaugural 2010 class -- three from CU and one each from National Jewish Health, CSU and the Colorado School of Mines. Areas of focus include: chronic beryllium lung disease, translational bioinformatics, Parkinson's disease, Ewing Sarcoma, formation of blood clots and releasing materials for cardiovascular medical devices.

The 2010 Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program includes the following:

• Shaodong Dai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Immunology, National Jewish Health, Chronic Beryllium Lung Disease
• Robin Dowell, D.Sc., Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, Translational Bioinformatics Involving Drug Efficacy and Genetics
• Gidon Felsen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus, Parkinson’s Disease
• Paul Jedlicka, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus, Ewing Sarcoma, a Common Cancer of the Bone and Soft Tissue Affecting Children
• Keith Neeves, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Role of Blood Flow in the Formation of Blood Clots
• Melissa Reynolds, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Colorado State University, Nitric-Oxide Releasing Materials for Cardiovascular Medical Devices

Link to video of remarks by Tim Shultz a the 2010 CBSA Awards Dinner:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Business-Briefs: "2 Metro firms win medical startup funds"

"Two state companies were selected to receive a total of $900,000 in startup funding from the Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4), the institute said Monday.

Boulder-based Sophono Inc. will receive $600,000 for its Alpha 1 Magnetic Bone Anchored Hearing System. The company says the system is the first if its kind and is designed to treat conductive and mixed hearing loss and single- sided deafness.

Aurora-based PeptiVir Inc. will receive $300,000 for its universal flu vaccine under development. The grants are the first made by CID4, which is funded by $3.75 million from the state and $1 million from the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority."

Link to DenverPost.com

Friday, September 24, 2010

CBSA's Holli Baumunk & a number of CBSA/bioscience industry supporters named to new state VC Advisory Panel

Earlier this week, as reported in the Denver Business Journal, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter "named 21 people to a new Venture Capital Investment Advisory Committee. The panel is charged with helping to draw financial support for several Colorado industry sectors, including aerospace, bioscience, clean energy and information communication technology."

CBSA President/CEO Holli Baumunk is serving as a ex-officio, non-voting member. Those CBSA Board Members selected include: Richard C. Duke of Denver – CID4 and ApopLogic; James C.T. Linfield of Boulder – Cooley LLP; and David N. Allen of Superior – VP for CU Tech Transfer. Other CBSA and bioscience industry supporters include: Michael Artinger of Boulder - FBBp; Susan M. Kunz of Boulder - BioVantage; Timothy H. Connor of Boulder – Sequel Ventures; Timothy R. Reeser of Fort Collins - COO for Cenergy, CSU’s Energy SuperCluster; and Ronald G. Rossi of Evergreen - Polsinelli Shughart, Managing Partner.

Link to Governor Ritter's news release

Link to the Denver Business Journal article

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

BioWest Conference & Expo To Showcase 40+ New Technologies, Products & Services

More than 40 exhibitors will be showcasing new technology, products and services for 500+ attendees at the 2010 BioWest Conference & Expo. The announcement is made by Holli Baumunk, President and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA), who says this event will bring together the industry in the Rocky Mountain Region for seminars and educational topics and to view the latest new products and services offered to the bioscience community.

“The bioscience community wouldn’t be able to survive without the essential support services and products that help advance companies,” Baumunk explains. “The exhibit hall at BioWest offers our companies a chance to see the new products and services that are being offered today, and we are happy to welcome these forty exhibitors to BioWest and look forward to a successful conference.”

Link to register

Link to the Business Wire release

Monday, September 20, 2010

CBSA Pres/CEO Holli Baumunk Interviewed on 9News about BioWest 2010 - Coming Sept 29-30 to Denver's Grand Hyatt

Holli Baumunk, CBSA President & CEO, interviewed with 9News Business Reporter Gregg Moss this morning about the upcoming BioWest event, Sept 29-30, at Denver's Grand Hyatt. Here are some fast facts about the 2010 Biowest Conference & Expo from Holli...

• The big news this year is that we have CSU's Temple Grandin as the keynote speaker at our Awards Dinner on the evening of the 29th.

• Dr. Grandin is an animal science professor at CSU and the HBO movie of her life story just won seven Emmy Awards.

• Ag bio is an important part of the bioscience industry and Dr. Grandin has one of the most compelling stories to tell about her work with cattle and her challenges and victories as a person with autism.

• We're just thrilled to have Dr. Grandin with us this year during BioWest -- a very special year for her...and all of us...with the Emmy honors just occurring.

• BioWest is our annual 2-day gathering of the Bioscience industry in the Rocky Mountain Region with over 300 companies coming together to discuss the latest news and trends in the industry.

• This is our 8th year running.

• Speakers include the National Venture Association, the FDA as well as leaders in pharma, biotech and medical devices.

• BioWest will again include a special competition called the Venture Showcase.

• The Venture Showcase is a highlight of the conference where four emerging Colorado companies compete in front of a Venture Capital panel. The winner is announced at our awards dinner and receives a $7,500 prize from the Dorsey and Whitney law firm.

• CBSA also announces industry awards at the dinner.

• Bioscience was one of the few industries, along with Cleantech, that grew in Colorado last year.

• The Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industry grew at a faster rate than the national average at 4.9% in 2009 and 21% over the last five years.

• There are over 400 bioscience companies employing over 17,000 employees in Colorado.

• Innovation is a key economic driver in Bioscience. For ever $1 that is invested in a Research Institution, $32 goes back into the local economy.

• To recap, BioWest 2010 is Sept 29th and 30th at the Denver Grand Hyatt - information and registration is available at BioWestConference.com.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development Announces Second Statewide 'Call for Proposals' From Life Science Technologies. . .

"AURORA, Colo., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4) has issued its second statewide 'Call for Proposals' from Colorado life science technologies in need of funding and active management guidance. The announcement is made by Kevin M. Smith, CID4 Executive Vice President/COO, who says, 'CID4 launched in February, concurrent with our first solicitation. The response identified many exciting technologies with significant job creation potential and has resulted in the selection of two projects to receive CID4 funding - one biopharmaceutical and one medical device. The final legal documents are in process, and we look forward to announcing the selected technologies in the very near future.'"

Link to denverpost.com

Colorado Cleantech Industry Association Executive Director Christine Shapard Appointed Council Chair of New Green Jobs Colorado Advisory Council


Christine Shapard, Founding Executive Director of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA) has been appointed Chair of the Green Jobs Colorado Advisory Council (GJCAC) by Donald J. Mares, Executive Director Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE). The announcement is made jointly by Mares and Shapard.

"Colorado's New Energy Economy has set a national precedent in research, innovation and clean-energy job creation. Through legislation and policy, Colorado has been able to create thousands of new jobs across the state," Shapard says. "The Advisory Council will work to build a workforce for Colorado’s New Energy Economy through administering the Green Jobs Colorado Training program and coordinating statewide green job efforts."

Further, Shapard explains, "While we've been able to continue to attract new clean technology companies, we must ensure our workforce development pipeline is training Coloradoans for these jobs. By providing incentives for certified training providers through our new training program, we will make sure Coloradoans can obtain the skills, both specific and transferable, needed to secure jobs in the wind, solar, energy efficiency and other renewable energy industries."

Link to the NewsRelease Wire Posting

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cleantech VC Visionary Ira Ehrenpreis Keynotes Colo Cleantech Awards Oct 19, Denver Marriott City Center

The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA) will hold its first "Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration" Tuesday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Denver Marriott City Center. The announcement is made by Christine Shapard, Executive Director of the CCIA who says, "We're extremely pleased to welcome Ira Ehrenpreis, noted venture capitalist and cleantech industry expert, as our keynote speaker for the inaugural event. In concert with Mr. Ehrenpreis’ presentation, we'll also be showcasing those companies and individuals who have made a significant impact on Colorado's cleantech industry this past year, based on job creation, capital raised and other demonstrated criteria."

Widely regarded as one of the most experienced cleantech investors, Mr. Ehrenpreis will deliver a keynote address covering "The State of the Cleantech Industry." As one of the pioneers in the cleantech sector, he'll share how the sector has evolved over the past decade and review the drivers behind cleantech’s emergence as the fastest growing area of the venture asset class. Mr. Ehrenpreis will also review the challenges the industry faces and those issues notwithstanding, why he believes cleantech will continue to be a good bet in the years and decades to come.

Further, according to Shapard, "The CCIA luncheon is the one event where Colorado's cleantech community will come together to honor the creativity and dedication to our new energy economy put forth by entrepreneurs, educators, corporate innovators, volunteers and policymakers." Awards will be presented in multiple categories. Individuals are encouraged to nominate themselves, companies, colleagues, clients or vendors -- those who have made a major difference in Colorado's cleantech community. Nominations are open until Friday, September 17, 5 p.m. For more information, visit: https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=ccia&formId=84863