Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Business Xpansion Journal: 'Bioscience’s Bright Spots'
"Gaining prominence on the national stage in recent years is Colorado, which has grown nearly 600 medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical and ag-bio companies into a thriving bioscience cluster.
'Colorado has seen some good growth over the last 10 years and the state’s put in infrastructure and grant programs over the last four to five years that have been really helpful in creating momentum for all of our advanced industries, including bioscience,' says April Giles, president and CEO, Colorado BioScience Association. 'Over the last two years we’ve seen our medical device community grow in employment around 15 percent and the industry as a whole at 4.5 percent, with an uptick in biopharma, which has also been great.'
In addition to a highly-educated workforce and an active venture-capital market, one of the state’s prized industry assets is the Fitzsimons Life Science District and the adjacent University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Together they form a 578-acre site dedicated to bioscience, biotechnology, health care, medical education and advanced research — making it the largest development of its kind in the state and one of the largest bioscience real estate developments in the country."
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