Friday, June 22, 2012 'Touring cat statues stop in Westminster'

Quoting the June 21st article by Ashley Reimers (Meowscarade by Pam Schmidt pictured):

"The Aar River Gallery will welcome some feline friends as the 'Tails of the Painted Cats' passes through historic Westminster.

'Tails of the Painted Cats' is a fundraising event for the Cat Care Society in Lakewood, a nonprofit organization established to improve the quality of life for homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area.

Currently the litter of eye-catching cat statues is on a two-month tour of the metro area.

'This is our second year doing this fundraiser, and it’s been a lot of fun,' said Suellen Scott, CCS director of development. 'The cats are amazing to look at.'

The larger-than-life cats created by Colorado artists will be on display 608 p.m. Friday, June 29, during a wine-and-cheese reception in the gallery’s outdoor garden, 3707 W. 73rd Ave. Tickets are $10 [per person donation at the door]."

Link to the article about the Aar River Gallery event June 29th

Link to the Advance Bidding Site

Link to buy tickets to the Gala Dinner & Auction on July 28th at Lakewood Country Club 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

'10 Cat Charities to Donate to' - Cat Care Society Is #4 on this National List

Quoting from the posting by Elizabeth White:

"The problem when it comes to choosing a charity to support is that there are just so many! And sadly, not everyone has the resources to help out each and every single one.

So if you’re looking for a charity, you’re having trouble picking which one you want to donate to, don’t worry. Petside has compiled a list of 10 cat charities that deserve a look." [Cat Care Society is #4 of ten]

Petside's overview of Cat Care Society:

"4. Cat Care Society (CCS) Homeless, injured, and abused cats of all breeds are given the chance for a better life because of the Cat Care Society (CCS). In 1981 the organization was founded and ever since has provided temporary sanctuary for kittens in need, until a permanent, loving home can be provided for them.

Not only providing a home for abused cats, the CCS also offers educational programs to promote responsible ownership and humane treatment of animals, so that the number of abused cats gets lower and lower until someday it will be zero. CCS aims to be a friend to all cats as they strive to improve the quality of life for all our feline friends."

Link to the posting

Donate to Cat Care Society via

Friday, June 15, 2012

CBSA Releases 2012 Edition of Bioscience Colorado Magazine - Colorado Centers of Excellence: Elevated Thinking

The 2012 issue of Bioscience Colorado highlights centers of excellence within the state, including Cancer, Infectious Disease, Respiratory, Cardiac and Biofuels. The research the writers and experts have compiled for this issue illustrates that there are several components—infrastructure, expertise, industry connections, and patient outcomes. Each article focuses on a center and examines the elements that make it truly excellent.

The new issue also includes:

* Complete listing of every bioscience company in the state

* Annual industry financing and investment overview

* Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program (BDEGP) update

This publication is an integral part of the Association’s mission to support the Colorado bioscience community through advocacy, resources and advancement of opportunities for collaboration. It reaches thousands of bioscience, economic development, legislative, university and industry leaders.

The new magazine rolls out the industry’s new branding campaign for Bioscience in Colorado: Elevated Thinking. We have some of the top research institutions in the country and over 600 bioscience companies led by the best in the industry—creating the vision and drive to succeed. That’s why so many great ideas that impact the globe start and grow here in Colorado.

Link to the magazine pdf

Link to the Business Wire release

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media newswire

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Denver Post: 'It's a cat thing and an art thing'

"The gala's not until July 28. But bidders are already pouncing online for the 2012 "Tails of the Painted Cats" artworks. An annual fundraiser for the Cat Care Society in Lakewood, this auction and gala lure a lot of well-clawed feline fanciers. The society is a cage-free shelter for homeless and abused cats that also provides outreach and education programs. The fundraiser came about last year as part of the society's 30th anniversary. You can view all the cats and bid on them at through July 25. The June 29th wine and cheese reception is 6 to 8 p.m. at Westminster's Aar River Gallery."

Link to the article

GEN Feature: 'Global Bioclusters Vie for Dominance'...Colorado ranks 12th in GEN's Top 15 Biotechnology Clusters

Quoting from the June 1 article by Alex Philippidis:

"The U.S. continues to enjoy the world’s largest biopharma industry by establishments (48,059; Battelle); public-company revenues ($61.6 billion in 2010; Ernst & Young); size of prescription-drug market ($307 billion; IMS); jobs (1.42 million; Battelle); venture capital ($4.733 billion last year; MoneyTree Report); R&D research (just over $100 billion in private and public spending); and patents (6,601 within classes 424, 435, and 514 last year; USPTO).

So Uncle Sam remains biopharma’s anchor—or more accurately, two anchors. California and Massachusetts are the top states in biopharma jobs, companies, venture capital raised, NIH grant funding awarded, and patents granted."

Colorado ranks 12th in GEN's Top 15 Biotechnology Clusters:

Link to the article

BCBR: 'Drug race lures local companies to fast lane'

Quoting from the June 8th article by Beth Potter:

"Merck & Co. Inc. and Amgen Inc. — two global pharmaceutical companies with operations in the Boulder Valley — appear to be on the front lines of the new and often-stealthy world of researching biosimilar drugs.

Virtually all major drug companies, including Merck and Amgen, are racing to create biosimilar drugs, after the federal government said in 2010 that it would create a quicker path to approval for such drugs as part of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...

Pharmaceutical companies have become involved in biosimilar research to protect themselves, said Holli Riebel, executive director of the Colorado Bioscience Association, an industry group in Denver.

'They (pharmaceutical companies) have made huge investments in developing biologics, which are complex molecule (drugs) that are more expensive to produce,' Riebel said.

Analysts expect that global sales of biosimilar drugs to grow to $3.7 billion in 2015, according to Datamonitor, a business research firm with offices in New York and London."

Link to the article

CU Connections: 'Trio of CU biomed scientists named Boettcher Investigators'

Quoting from CU's June 7th posting:

"Three University of Colorado researchers have been named to the 2012 class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program. This is the third year for the program, which supports early career scientists in their work toward making discoveries that improve human health."

Link to the article

Sunday, June 03, 2012

2012 Class of 'Boettcher Investigators' Announced

The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees has released the names of the three early-career scientists selected for the third class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program.

Timothy W. Schultz, President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation, said "Through this program, the Boettcher Foundation has been able to bring resources to an area where funds are currently lacking and where federal and private research programs provide limited support. Early-career investigators quite frequently have a difficult time securing a first opportunity at an independent research effort that will move them out of the laboratory of their mentors and onto their own new and exciting areas of discovery."

The 2012 (third) Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program includes:

* Harald Junge, Ph.D. , University of Colorado at Boulder, Retinal Vascular Development and Disease

* Matthew Kennedy, Ph.D., University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus, Molecular Mechanisms of Alzheimer's Pathology

* Chad G. Pearson, Ph.D., University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus, Organization of the Microtubule Cytoskeleton for Cell Division and Signaling

With the addition of the 2012 Class, there are now fourteen Boettcher Investigators conducting research in the following Colorado institutions: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, National Jewish Health and Colorado School of Mines.

Link to the Business Wire release

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media Release

Cat Care Society's awesome Painted Cats are at Denver's Santa Fe galleries during June

The 2012 'Tails of the Painted Cats,' the Cat Care Society's (CCS) lineup of one-of-a-kind, larger-than-life artwork cats - created by accomplished area artists - will be on display at Denver's 'Art District on Santa Fe' for the month of June, debuting at the District's First Friday Art Walk on June 1. The announcement is made by CCS President Diane Stoner, who says, "Our Painted Cats will be hosted at ten galleries throughout the Art District on Santa Fe. Last year, we raised more than our $30,000 goal, and hope to do the same or better with our project this year." Here's where you'll find the Painted Cats on Santa Fe during June:

Denver Photo Art Gallery - 833 Santa Fe Drive
Bridal Henna Cat by Kathy Burton and Helios by Karen R. Mahnken

Grace Gallery of Fine Art - 877 Santa Fe Drive
Colorado Calico by Ashley Conroy and C is for Cat by Liz Cooper

Ginny Abblett Fine Art - 910 Santa Fe Drive
Sushi Chef by Shirlee Akemi Miyake

Fabric Bliss - 828 Santa Fe Drive Crazy Quilt Cat by Joan A. Lee

EventGallery 910Arts - 910 Santa Fe Drive
Little Roar by Jane McFadden Dorsey
Hibiscat by Carla Pawlewicz
Soleil by Gail Firmin
Casino Kate: The Cat by K. Ross
Misty by Pam Schmidt
Claudia Monette by Jane McFadden Dorsey (Claudia is our 2012 Drawing Cat and will be present only at the First Friday Art Walk)

Niza Knoll Gallery - 915 Santa Fe Drive
Unity by Sara Nevadomski

Co-Art Gallery - 846 Santa Fe Drive
Toulouse Le Chat by Cam Williams Pearls & Lilies by BW Sharp

Buxiejo Gallery - 718 Santa Fe Drive
Meowscarade by Pam Schmidt Cat Masquerade by Melanie Gwendahlin Keyes

Artists on Santa Fe - 747 Santa Fe Drive Rudi by Bonnie Wilber

CORE New Art Space - 900 Santa Fe Drive The RubaiyCat of Omar Siam by Kathryn Jackson