Monday, January 28, 2013

CBSA Focuses on 2013's Key State and Federal Legislative Initiatives at Fifth Annual ‘BioScience Day at the Capitol’

Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) is hosting its fifth annual "BioScience Day at the Capitol" on Wednesday, January 30 (Colorado State Capitol - Old Supreme Court Chambers). The event will feature Mark Leahey, President and CEO, Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) presenting the 'State of the Medical Device Industry' and efforts MDMA is leading in Washington to repeal the Medical Device Tax.

Agenda for BioScience Day at the Capitol
Moderated by Jason Sapsin, Polsinelli Shughart P.C.

8:00-8:25 - Welcome and State of the Industry by April Giles, President and CEO, CBSA 

8:25-8:45 - Connecting Patients and Research - Curt Huber, Executive Director, American Lung Association and Durban Swartz, Program /Development Coordinator at American Lung Association

8:45-9:00 – Early Stage Company BDEGP Grant Recipient - Jim Kasic, President and CEO, Sophono

9:00-9:20 – State of the Medical Device Industry - Mark Leahey, President and CEO, MDMA  

9:20-9:30 – Q and A


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Technology: 'Life-science group hopes to help ease funding scarcity'

Quoting from today's Northern Colorado Business Report:

"Securing financing for life-science startups in Northern Colorado has long been a struggle, but industry insiders say they are taking steps to improve the situation.

The Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4), for one, is looking at more creative ways to draw capital to Colorado’s life-science industry, said Lauren Constantini, the nonprofit’s vice president of therapeutics and device development.

Constantini was one of several panelists who discussed challenges facing the industry at a meeting of the region’s life-science industry leaders and researchers earlier this month...

...Despite the challenge of raising capital, life-science companies seem to be doing well at the moment. The life-science industry grew 4.6 percent last year, attributed mostly to the device sector, said April Giles, CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association."

Link to coverage of the event held at the Fort Collins technology incubator the Rocky Mountain Innosphere

Today @ Colorado State: 'What do Nick Fisk, Melissa Reynolds and Tingting Yao have in common?'

Quoting from yesterday's Today @ Colorado State news:

"They’re all faculty members who share the prestigious Boettcher Investigator title - one of the most prestigious research funding sources in Colorado that helps recruit, retain and advance scientific talent in the state."

 Link to the posting

Monday, January 21, 2013

InnovatioNews: 'Colorado BioScience Association Announces Launch of Colorado BioScience Institute'

Quoting from the Jan 8th posting:

 "Colorado BioScience Association has launched the Colorado BioScience Institute (The Institute) to support educational and workforce programs for the state’s growing bioscience industry.

 'Our board saw a need for The Institute as our industry continues to grow at 4.6 percent, outpacing the national average,' said April Giles, CBSA president and CEO."

Link to InnovatioNews

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Our Colorado News: Food Bank For the Cats In Our Community

Quoting from Our Colorado News:

"Pet food -- Cat Care Society is in need of canned and bagged cat food as well as litter for its pet food bank. We are working with several area (human) food banks to provide vouchers for cat owners who otherwise cannot afford to feed their cats. The Nibbles `N Kibbles food bank was established in an effort to reduce the number of surrendered or abandoned cats in the city. All donations of unopened food are gratefully accepted during regular business hours at the shelter, 5787 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood: Tuesdays through Fridays, noon-5:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Sundays, noon-3 p.m. We are on the 6th Ave. Frontage Road between Sheridan and Wadsworth. Call 303-239-9680."

Learn More about Cat Care Society's Nibbles 'N Kibbles Program

Cat Care Society's Best Broncos Fan Gibby: Today's Celebrity 'Pet Looking for His Forever Home' on 9News Petline9

Darling Gibby donned his United In Orange Broncos cap and blue collar for 9News Petline9 today with Cat Care Society Volunteer Kay Higgins. Becky Ditchfield hosted.

Gibby is a one-year-old orange tabby (with white) domestic short hair. He is neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated and tests negative for feline diseases. Plus, full of energy, ready to play, and very friendly. He is a healthy 10 pounds, has a good appetite and is litter box trained. Gibby was found wandering a neighborhood as a stray and came in to his rescuers back yard.

This cutie has won over everyone at Cat Care Society in just a week, now it’s time for us to find him a forever home of his own.

Check out all the Cat Care Society adoptable cats:

Monday, January 07, 2013

CBSA Launches Its Colorado BioScience Institute To Support Much Needed Educational & Workforce Programs For The State's Bioscience Industry

Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) is officially launching the Colorado BioScience Institute (The Institute) today. The announcement is made by April Giles, CBSA President and CEO, who says, “The Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit that our Association is establishing to provide educational and workforce programs for teachers, students, bioscience professionals and the broader community."
The Institute will create a framework to train the very best young scientists and business entrepreneurs, as well as assist companies with the recruitment, retention and attraction of these future bioscience employees and leaders. “We are very proud to bring The Institute to Colorado — we've spent a year accessing the community’s needs and developing the framework of the Institute. As the Education Chair of the CBSA's Board of Directors, I look forward to developing The Institute into a renowned and integral piece of the bioscience ecosystem in the state and adding value to our growing industry,” Mark Spiecker, CEO of Sharklet Technologies and Board Member for both CBSA and The Institute, explains.
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The Institute was introduced to the CBSA membership and community supporters at its Annual Awards Dinner held last month by Spiecker. Further, according to Giles: “Our Board saw a need for The Institute as our industry continues to grow at 4.6%, out-pacing the national average. It is expected that Colorado will need to fill 232,000 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-related jobs by 2018. CBSA's new Institute is the only non-profit in Colorado that focuses exclusively on all areas of the bioscience industry.”
The CBSA leadership team has set a kick-off goal of $100,000 for The Institute this year. The initial $20,000 raised, including a generous matching gift from PhRMA up to $5,000, will support the Colorado launch of one of its flagship programs, the BioGENEius Challenge. BioGENEius provides high school students the opportunity to compete and be recognized for outstanding research in biotechnology. Participants in the first Colorado BioGENEius Challenge will be able to compete with participants across the country. For more information about the U.S. National BioGENEius program, visit: