Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Lakewood Pet Examiner: The Amazing Acro-Cats Again Benefit Denver's Cat Care Society in July

Quoting today's posting by Carrie Dow (for July 6-14):

"The Amazing Acro-Cats, an all-house cat troupe of circus and musical performers, will return to Denver this July with a remarkable 14 shows. A portion of the proceeds from these shows will benefit the Cat Care Society...

The Amazing Acro-Cats will appear at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo Street in Denver, starting Friday, July 6, with two shows at 7 and 10 p.m. Shows run through Saturday, July 14. Visit the Bug Theatre website for dates and times. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children under 12 and can be purchased online at

Link to the posting

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Congressman Cory Gardner Tours Amgen's Colorado Operations

Last week Colorado's 4th District Congressman Cory Gardner (second from right) toured Amgen facilities with (L-R) CBSA Board Chair Steve Orndorff, CBSA President/CEO Holli Riebel and Amgen's Kerry Ingalls, CBSA board members. They discussed industry policies as they toured Amgen's Colorado operations.

Link to Rep. Gardner's website

Link to learn more about CBSA's Federal Policy Priorities

Sunday, May 27, 2012

BCBR: 'Device makers brace for fed tax'

Quoting from the May 24th article by Beth Potter:

"The 2.3 percent excise tax on gross revenue of medical device companies will double the tax bills of most such companies in the region, said Holli Riebel, director of the Colorado Bioscience Association in Denver, an industry trade group with numerous Boulder and Broomfield county members. The trade group is watching the measure closely, Riebel said, adding that there’s a move afoot in Congress to potentially repeal it before it takes effect.

'Small companies that are in the research-and-development phase and not making any money will still be required to pay the tax at the same rate as a big medical device company,' Riebel said. 'A lot of companies are thinking it’s very unfair as to how it’s applied.'"

Link to the Boulder County Business Report

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Denver's Cat Care Society: News In Review

Quoting from the May 14th article by Clarke Reader:

"The Lakewood Arts Council Co-op Gallery is being overrun by painted and decorated cats as part of the Cat Care Society’s “Tails of the Painted Cats” fundraising event.

Eighteen cat statues — some standing, others sitting, but all uniquely created and about three feet long or tall — are currently making the gallery, located at 85 S. Union Blvd., home as the first stop on a two-month bidding tour of the metro area.

'This is our second year doing this, and we’re planning on doing it again next year,' said the Cat Care Society’s director of development, Suellen Scott. After next year’s event, the program will become an every-other-year occurrence, switching off with the Denver Hospice Mask Project."

Link to the article
Many thanks to the Fur Everywhere Blog for sharing the news about Cat Care Society's 'Spring The Seniors' promotion (and it's still spring... until June 20!). Quoting the posting:

"I wanted to inform all of you about an event that's taking place at one of my very favorite cat shelters this Spring. The event, called Spring the Seniors, allows you to name your adoption fee on any senior cat (10 years or older) at Cat Care Society until June 20.

I've been to Cat Care Society many, many times over the past several years. I really enjoy visiting the kitties, and most of the staff even knows me by name. :) I admire the way in which the shelter is run because unlike many other shelters, Cat Care Society rarely euthanizes cats."

Link to the posting
May is Foster Cat Month and CCS's Abbi Collins was interviewed by Stacey Brecher for IAMS 'The Daily Cat' blog. Quoting from the posting:
"According to Abbi Collins, adoptions manager of the Cat Care Society in Lakewood, Colo., there are different types of cats that need fostering. Kittens that are too young to adopt out, feral kittens that need socializing, and injured cats that need time to heal may need to spend time in a foster home, says Collins. Depending on the individual cat’s needs, fostering can range from two to 10 weeks."

Denver's Cat Care Society Seeks Two Veterinary Technicians

Do you know someone who is a veterinary technician?

CCS has openings for two veterinary technicians - one for the shelter and one for the clinic. Job descriptions are posted on the CCS web page - click to read.

If you know someone who may be interested and qualified, please refer them to CCS! Contact Abbi Collins ( or 303-239-9680) for the shelter position, or Dr. Lynne Rooks ( or 303-237-0914) for the clinic position.

Grow: 'FISH FERTILIZER - American Indian planting wisdom'

Quoting from the Denver Post Garden Center - 5/18/12:

"Feed your plants with an organic fertilizer inspired by generations who have lived off the land. The new Fish Rich Organic 2-2-2 Fertilizer is made from processing remains at one of the country's largest yellow perch farms — Bell Aquaculture in Indiana — and approved for organic crop production under the USDA National Organic Program. $8.95 for a quart or $25.95 for a gallon at"

Link to the Product Spotlight

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

BCBR: 'Biotechs abuzz over high court rulings'

Quoting from the May 15th article by Beth Potter:

"In the high-stakes world of drug research, local biotechnology companies are asking how recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on drug patent issues may affect them in the future...

At the Colorado BioScience Association, executive director Holli Riebel also is taking a wait-and-see attitude about the recent court rulings.

But Riebel says the naturally occurring process issue is 'a really controversial issue' that appears to affect quite a bit of the research being done in Colorado.

'If you have spent a lot of time to develop a process or an understanding of how something works, and you use that as basic premise to understand something else and to develop a therapeutic around it, people want to patent that,' Riebel said.

The national court rulings may affect future investment in the biotech industry, Riebel believes.

'You’ve spent millions of dollars in investment to understand the way something works that nobody has understood before, and it’s used to help save human lives,' Riebel said. 'To say you can’t patent that — how are you going to get people to invest money into furthering innovation and science.'

Link to the article

Denver's Cat Care Society: News In Review

Quoting from the May 3 Print and Online Denver Westword:    

"Each cat is a work of art, but if you're scratching your head, wondering what you'd do with a whimsical fiberglass cat by the name of Casino Cat, Sushi Chef or Meowscarade, Scott says they're lovely home decorations and, with a Clearcoat treatment, ideal for installing in the garden. But, she adds, "We were joking in the office that after you've acquired more than one, you'll have to start the attic rotation." All of the kitties but one will be auctioned off at a Painted Cats gala on July 28. (The last one, 'Claudia Monette,' by Jane McFadden Dorsey, will be the prize in a drawing; entry tickets are $10 each.)"

Link to the posting

Link to the Westword team having fun the Painted Cat memes

Check out the April 2012 newsletter for the Rocky Mountain Jaguar Club. Cat Care Society's Suellen Scott and Jane McFadden Dorsey's Little Roar were part of the program at the Club's March meeting.

Link to the newsletter
Quoting from the YourHub posting:

"Some of the Painted Cats are standing, and some are sitting, but they are all unique, original decorator pieces. You can visit the Online Gallery at The larger (about 28" tall) Painted Cats each have an opening bid of $300 and the smaller Painted Cats open at $150. Advanced online bidding is available at through Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at noon (MDT). Advanced bids can also be placed by calling Suellen Scott, CCS director of development, at 303-239-9680, ext. 19."

Link to the Denver Post YourHub
Quoting from the Denver Bucket List:

"Some of the Painted Cats are standing, and some are sitting, but they are all unique, original decorator pieces. You can visit the Online Gallery here - the larger (about 28″ tall) Painted Cats each have an opening bid of $300 and the smaller Painted Cats open at $150. Advanced online bidding is available here through Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at noon (MDT). Advanced bids can also be placed by calling Suellen Scott, CCS director of development, at 303-239-9680, ext. 19."

Link to the recent posting The Denver Bucket List has a crush on 'C is for Cat'
Quoting from the posting by John Davidson:

"The 18 'painted cats' are figurines of felines created by area artists, and will be auctioned at a dinner July 28 at the Lakewood Country Club. Between now and then, the artworks will be on display at various locations."

Link to the posting
Carrie Dow - Lakewood Pet Examiner recently covered the debut of the 2012 Tails of the Painted Cats and Cat Care Society's humane trap rental program:

April 9, 2012 - quoting from the article 'Celebrate the return of the Cat Care Society's Tails of the Painted Cats' - "The Cat Care Society (CCS) of Lakewood is once again celebrating the Tails of the Painted Cats. This art auction fund raiser was a huge hit for the CCS during its inaugural year of 2011 and now this incredible event is back for more. Tails of the Painted Cats involved artists in the metro area designing, painted, tiling, drawing and anything else you can imagine onto fiberglass cat figures of various sizes which are then auctioned off to raise money for this cats' only animal shelter. There are 18 cat figures available and they will be unveiled to the public at a reception at the Lakewood Arts Council co-op gallery on Thursday, May 3. After the initial unveiling, the cats will then make their way to the Santa Fe Arts District First Friday event on June 1. Then on June 29 the cats can be viewed at Aar River Gallery in Westminster along with a wine tasting featuring Cat Care Society wines (see previous article about the Cat Care Society)." Link to the posting

April 23, 2012 - quoting from the article 'Cat traps for rent from the Cat Care Society' - "Cost to rent a trap is a $50 refundable deposit and trap rental is only 50 cents per day. The CCS has 20 traps available at any given time. The traps are humane and easy to use and CCS staff will show you how it works before you leave. Other items a cat trapper will need are a towel, newspaper and a can of tuna. More information is available on their website. To find cats available for adoption, visit their Facebook page. The Cat Care Society wants the public to know that rescuing a feral cat can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience with many outcomes to consider. For those willing to try, bringing a feral cat into a home can be a rewarding experience. Link to the posting

May 7, 2012 - quoting from the article 'Cat Care Society debuts artwork for Tails of the Painted Cats' - "May 3, the Cat Care Society (CCS) of Lakewood debuted the statuettes for their 2012 Tails of the Painted Cats fundraiser. Nineteen statues are available this year from various artists around the Denver metro area, each cat with its own unique tail to tell. Suellen Scott, Director of Development for CCS, was pleased with this year’s turnout and with the wonderfully decorated cats that make up the show. She was also pleased with the visitors who came to visit the cats at the Lakewood Arts Concil Co-op where they will be on display for the month of May. Jane McFadden Dorsey, Volunteer Coordinator and in charge of the Painted Cats program was also happy with this year’s new cats declaring that they are absolutely wonderful. Link to the article  Link to the related slideshow

Cat Care Society's Loki on 9News Petline9 - Looking for his forever home

Here's handsome Loki this morning on 9News Petline9. He was a wiggly armfull for Suellen...but oh so cute. Check out all of our kitties waiting for their forever homes at Cat Care Society in Denver: Check out Loki's slideshow video:

Monday, May 14, 2012

CBSA Applauds Dr. Larry Gold & Team for Organizing Gold Labs Symposium 2012

Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) applauds organizers of the third annual Gold Lab Symposium that will take place on the University of Colorado campus with over 400 attendees, on Friday and Saturday, May 18 - 19, 2012. The two-day event titled “Time: Tempus Fugit” brings 16 renown national and international scientists and healthcare experts together to discuss progress and issues in personalized medicine.

The announcement is made by Holli Riebel, CBSA President & CEO, who says, “We are honored to assist the Gold Lab Symposium—the speakers are incredible visionaries from an array of diverse fields. Every year I am personally inspired and amazed by the groundbreaking thought leaders Dr. Gold is able to bring together in one room.”
The Gold Lab Symposia were initiated in 2010 to bring together an intelligent community of scientists, industry leaders and policy experts to foster discussion about biological innovations and the improvement of health care. “Each year our Colorado bioscience community looks forward to the Symposium. We have some of the top research institutions in the country and 600 bioscience companies—creating the vision and drive to tackle these huge global issues,” explains Riebel.

This year the sessions will cover the expanding scientific basis of personalized medicine; explore drug targets and development, and consider the impact of education, aging, chronic conditions, and immunology on the evolution of healthcare. Presentations on healthcare economics and efficiency and reflections on the future also are included. Visit to review the 2012 itinerary:

Link to the Business Wire release

Friday, May 04, 2012

Cat Care Society Hosts a Benefit Brew, Thursday Evening, May 10th, at Wystone’s World Teas in Belmar

Cat Care Society (CCS) will receive 25% of the proceeds from a Benefit Brew at Wystone's World Teas, 7323 W. Alaska Dr. in the Belmar Shopping District, on Thursday, May 10, 5 – 9 p.m. The announcement is made by CCS President Diane Stoner, who says: "Our Society's supporters will learn about and celebrate the health benefits of black, green, white, and oolong teas, plus enjoy Wystone's delicious entree items, while benefiting our shelter cats and programs. Plus, 2% of online sales for the next year will also benefit Cat Care Society." Link here so your online purchases from Wystone's World Teas can benefit Cat Care Society:

Wystone’s offers a full menu, such as pitzas, pulled pork and salmon sliders, soups, paninis, wraps, sandwiches and quiche for an evening meal (gluten-free items are available). Plus, there are the traditional scones with Devonshire cream and fresh fruit preserves, cucumber tea sandwiches and egg salad expected at a tea cafe. Don’t forget dessert – for instance, try the African Rooibos tea-infused carrot cake, cherry cheese cake, pudding cake or the gelato bar. To make reservations or view Wystone's World Teas' menus, visit:

Claudia Monette - one of Cat Care Society's 2012 Painted Cats will be at the Wystone World Teas Benefit Brew on May 10th. Claudia is part of the CCS Tails of the Painted Cats fundraiser currently going on through July 28th. Local artist Jane McFadden Dorsey has again created the project's official 'drawing kitty' this year, Claudia Monette. For a $10.00 donation per ticket, names are entered in a drawing to take her home the evening of the Gala Dinner Auction at Lakewood Country Club in July. To view all of the 2012 Painted Cats, visit:

The Wystone's World Teas Story

Cat Care Society's Public Service Announcement

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Aurora Sentinel: 'Venture contest a capital idea for local bioscience start-ups looking for cash'

Quoting from the May 1st article by Brandon Johansson:
"It’s no secret that finding investors is one of the biggest challenges bioscience start-up companies face.

But a contest this fall is aiming to help some local start-ups land a little extra money and advice on how to make their business more enticing to investors.

The Colorado BioScience Association announced last week it is accepting nominations from emerging bioscience companies for the Venture Showcase Competition at BioWest 2012 conference this September. The deadline for nominations is May 11."

Special note: the 2012 Venture Showcase sponsors include Dorsey & Whitney LLP, EKS&H - Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman PC, and the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.

CBSA Event Coverage: 'Tax on medical devices threatens profits, exec says'

Quoting from the April 27th article by Wayne Heilman:
"A tax on medical devices approved in 2010 as part of federal health care reform legislation would wipe out all of the profits Colorado Springs-based Spectranetics Corp. expects to make this year when the tax takes effect next year, a top company executive said...

...'We aren’t going to cut back on product development or clinical research, but as we think about investing in the future we will probably think twice and be able to do less of it,' Childs [Guy Childs, chief financial officer of Spectranetics] told about 120 business and civic leaders attending a panel discussion during a lunch hosted by the Colorado BioScience Association and the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. “This tax is another variable that detracts from our ability to invest in innovation because it comes right off the top line of our revenue. It impedes further investment and makes it more difficult.'"