Sunday, July 31, 2011

Colorado Society of CPAs Magazine: "State of the Industry: Biotechnology"

Quoting from the interview of CBSA's Pres/CEO Holli Riebel by Natalie Rooney:

"Over the last five years, jobs in Colorado's bioscience field grew above the national average. Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology grew at 3 percent in Colorado, but these same field decreased 4 percent across the U.S. Overall,biotechnology was on of the few Colorado employment sectors that grew."

Link to the article in the July/Aug 2011 NewsAccount magazine

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Denver-Based Boettcher Foundation: 2011 Class of Boettcher Investigators

The 2011 Boettcher Investigators include (pictured left to right– back row):

Tingting, Yao, Ph.D., Colorado State University

Zhe Chen, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder

Jing Wang, M.D., Ph.D., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

(pictured left to right– front row):

Robert Doebele, M.D., Ph.D., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

John D. (Nick) Fisk, Ph.D., Colorado State University

Link to the July Colorado BioScience Association FOCUS newsletter featuring the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research/Boettcher Investigators program (page 2 of the pdf)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Includes Video: 'Cat Rescue Society Hopes To Find Young Animal Abuse Suspects'

Quoting from the posting: "A cat rescue organization is looking for boys who abused a kitten.

Two girls rescued the kitten on Friday and took it to the Cat Care Society. The girls wouldn’t give their names and only said they rescued the kitten at 10th and Sheridan. They said boys burned his whiskers nearly off along with some of the hair on his ears. They were also swinging him around by his tail.

When the kitten came in, his eyes were full of blood and he had internal bleeding. He still has contusions in his lungs and some head trauma."

Link to the news item with video

Denver & The West: "4-month-old kitten recovering after being twirled by his tail in Lakewood"

Quoting from the 7/27 Denver Post article by Jordan Steffen:

"A Lakewood cat shelter is asking for help in finding the people who twirled a 4-month-old kitten by its tail, before trying to burn its whiskers with a lighter.

On Friday, Marvell, a male kitten, was brought to the Cat Care Society, after two girls spotted some children abusing the kitten near 10th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard, said Shari Shiffer-Krieger, executive director of the shelter.

"They took the tail and did a lasso movement, swinging the cat around," Shiffer-Krieger said.

His whiskers and ear tips were also singed by a lighter.

Marvell, named after the Colorado Rapid's player Marvell Wynne, was treated for internal injuries to his lungs and bladder, as well as eye injuries and brain trauma, Shiffer-Krieger said."

Link to the full Denver Post report.

The incident was also reported by 9News this week.

Marvell should be available for adoption in a few weeks.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

9News: "Severely abused kitten in recovery" at Cat Care Society

Quoting from the posting:

"LAKEWOOD - A 4-month-old male kitten is recovering after suffering abuse and burns, according to the shelter that rescued him. The kitten suffered burns to his whiskers and tips of his ears, and showed signs of injuries from being swung by his tail before he was brought into the Cat Care Society, a feline shelter and veterinary clinic, in Lakewood on Friday. They say the kitten underwent five hours of treatment when it arrived at the shelter." [Marvell, pictured here, recuperating until strong enough for adoption from the Cat Care Society]

Monday, July 25, 2011

BCBR: "CID4 seeks bioscience project to fund"

Quoting from today's article by Beth Potter:

"AURORA - A nonprofit bioscience funding group that has given money to two Boulder County companies is looking to give a grant of up to $600,000 to a new project.

Companies should submit requests to the Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development, or CID4, which so far has committed $1.25 million to four projects. The deadline to ask for money is Friday, Aug. 5. For details on the selection process, go to"

Link to the Boulder County Business Report

Deadline: CID4 Sets Aug 5 Cut-off for Inclusion in Fifth Project Funding Review

Aurora, CO July 22, 2011 – The Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity focused on advancing the Colorado life science ecosystem through company creation and job growth, is seeking its fifth project. A review date of Friday, August 5th has been selected as the cut-off for submitting material to for consideration.

Link to the related CID4 blog post

Link to the Pitch Engine posting

Video: Program Overview Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards/Boettcher Investigators Program

The Webb-Waring Institute was founded in 1924 by Dr. Gerald B. Webb and later directed by Dr. James J. Waring. For over 80 years, the organization contributed to the advancement of biomedical research by engaging in basic and clinical research and training research scientists. In 2008, the Webb-Waring Institute became a part of the University of Colorado and is now known as the Webb-Waring Center. The Boettcher Foundation was entrusted with the stewardship of the Webb-Waring Foundation's assets. Through an innovative agreement between the Boettcher Foundation, the Webb-Waring Foundation and the University of Colorado, a new funding area was established at the Boettcher Foundation that will support the work of early-career investigators in the biomedical sciences in Colorado.

For more information about the Boettcher Foundation, please visit

Video - Interview with 2010 Boettcher Investigator Melissa Reynolds, Ph.D.

Melissa Reynolds, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Colorado State University, Boettcher Investigator (2010 class) in the
Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program.

For more information, visit

Friday, July 22, 2011

CBSA Perspective: "As deficit talks drag on, fears over cuts mount"

Quoting from the article by Ed Sealover in today's Denver Business Journal:

"Key Colorado industries are watching federal debt ceiling negotiations closely, because some of the cutbacks being discussed in Washington could reduce or eliminate programs upon which they rely.

The Colorado Bioscience Association (CBSA), for example, fears long-term repercussions if funding to the Medicare Part D program is slashed. And the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is worried that the federal government could dismantle a state program that’s enrolled 36,000 people in Medicaid."

Holli Riebel, Steve Orndorff and Tim Rodell are quoted from the CBSA.

Link to the Denver Business Journal article

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Colorado Bioscience July Focus Newsletter: Introduces 2011 Boettcher Investigators + More

Inside this issue:

From President/CEO Holli Riebel - Page 1

Boettcher Investigators Overview - Page 2

CBSA-CCIA Oktoberfest Debut - Page 3

Business Solutions Program - Page 3

Upcoming Colorado BioScience Assn Events - Page 4

Link to the July newsletter

Good Works Column: "Living in the Meow"

Quoting from the July 1 column by Bruce Goldberg:

"LIVING IN THE MEOW: The Cat Care Society raised $30,000 at its June 5 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala, where it celebrated its 30th anniversary of helping homeless, injured and abused cats. Sponsors included Bank of the West, Deer Creek Animal Hospital, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Wilder Ideas and Absolutely Public Relations."

Link to the column

CCS special thanks to its Tails of the Painted Cats Sponsors!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Lakewood Pet Examiner Catches Up On the Cat Care Society's Colorado Rapids Visit + July 24th BBQ Event

Quoting from Lakewood Pet Examiner Carrie Dow's posting:

"Summer is such a busy time of year, however, some seriously busy people in sports took time out to visit the Cat Care Society last month. Colorado Rapids players Danny Earls and Marvell Wynne both took time away from defending their national title to visit the Cat Care Society (CCS) in Lakewood. This cats only, cagefree shelter is celebrating their 30th anniverary this month...

The CCS hasn’t forgotten about the rest of us either. On Sunday, July 24, the CCS will throw themselves an anniversary BBQ and everyone is invited. Tickets are $15 and attendees must RSVP by calling 303-239-9680, ext. 20."

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PR Web Overview: Denver Acupuncturist Dr. Martha Lucas Conducts Intensive Seminar Sessions for Physicians in Turkey

I was in Turkey last month (for the third year in a row), teaching Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture and Pulse Diagnosis to medical doctors.

Background: A physician from Antalya, Dr. Asuman Kaplan Algin, attended one of my cosmetic acupuncture seminars in the States a few years ago and asked if I would teach Mei Zen™ Cosmetic Acupuncture in Turkey. After the first year of teaching in Turkey, the physicians became interested in also learning my Pulse Balance System of diagnosis. This year, both courses were taught in addition to Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine. The diagnosis course is especially beneficial since proper diagnosis leads to the most effective treatment plan.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

CID4 Blog: "When is a New Website Not Just A Website?"

There's a new website in town...CID4's:

"When is a new website not just your run of the mill website? Well … when that website happens to be CID4’s new website.

Launched on 1 July 2011, the new is a virtual 'office in the cloud' that enables the management team to maximize efficiencies while catalyzing the growth of the early-stage Colorado life science community. How can a website do all that, you ask? Good question, here is a closer look at some of the new functionality."

Link to the CID4 Blog

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lakewood Sentinel: "A place for cats: Shelter care for homeless, injured and abused cats"

Quoting from the July 7th issue Lakewood Sentinel:

"When it comes to taking care of pets, cats are sometimes overlooked compared with their canine counterparts. 'From every article I've ever read, they say there are more owned cats than dogs in Colorado,' said Suellen Scott, development director of the Cat Care Society." Article written by Matt Gypin.

Link to the Lakewood Sentinel website

DBJ Premium Content: "Working from home? - Be aware of liability issues before they sideline your business"

Quoting from the July 8th Denver Business Journal section, The Home Office:

“'It’s peace of mind,' Maggie Chamberlin Holben said of why she has liability coverage. Her insurance costs about $250 a year, and the home-based public relations consultant doesn’t have to worry if someone trips over her tripod while she’s recording video for a client...Holben has had clients, often those who receive state or federal funds, who require she carry liability insurance. She’s even gone so far as to get professional liability insurance, or an errors and omissions policy.

Her carrier requires that she indemnify herself in each contract, and the insurance is costly — several thousand dollars a year — but again, she said, it goes back to peace of mind."

Link to the Denver Business Journal article by Amy Bryer

DBJ Premium Content: "With VCs quiet, nonprofit helps fund biotech startups"

Quoting from the July 8th Denver Business Journal:

"The Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4) is playing a role left vacant in biotech because of a lack of venture capital in the state these days.

CID4 is pushing to direct the attention of national biotech investors to discoveries from state researchers forming new companies — a role area VC firms used to play.

“We’re trying to replace the early-stage buzz that we’ve lost in the decline of venture capital and create our own buzz about innovation coming out of Colorado,” said Kevin Smith, president and CEO of CID4."

Link to the article at the DBJ website

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Denver Acupuncture Clinic: chronic pain relief

According to this article in the Denver Post, modern medicine is sorely trained to treat chronic pain. And, it seems that many physicians have a more or less "negative" attitude toward patients who suffer from chronic pain.

Enter Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Acupuncture works!


Saturday, July 02, 2011

Riebel Contributes to Denver Post Guest Commentary: "Colorado's Innovation Economy"

Quoting from this morning's guest commentary in the Denver Post by Mark Sirangelo (left), executive vice president of the Sierra Nevada Corp. Holli Riebel (center) and Ron Sega (right) also contributed to this commentary. Riebel is president and CEO of the Colorado Bioscience Assoc. Sega is vice president and enterprise executive for Energy and the Environment at Colorado State University and Ohio State University.

"Colorado has what it takes to be the most innovative economy in the country. But this won't happen by accident. Our ability to get from here to there depends on whether we are willing to work together — across industries, expertise and political parties — to create an environment where Colorado's inventors, entrepreneurs and job creators can thrive."

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