Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Video Highlights: BioWest 2014, Marriott City Center, Denver

BioWest 2014 Video Highlights

Founders Breakfast Health and Wellness Panel: Introductions By Steve VanNurden - http://youtu.be/23faLOw30ac

Health/Wellness Panel: Jandel Allen-Davis on the Kaiser Model - http://youtu.be/qzUO1_QayvI

Health/Wellness Panel: James Hill on Extreme Weight Loss TV - http://youtu.be/p2xukgmHKRI

Health/Wellness Panel: Len Tacconi on What Works - http://youtu.be/dL3ddy08DPA

C-Level Unplugged: Larry Gold, Chairman of the Board, SomaLogic - http://youtu.be/j8EiWcLkkzQ
C-Level Unplugged: Shar Matin, COO, Spectranetics - http://youtu.be/BIxzpNwmI_0
CEO Panel: Bill Aldrich, CEO, EndoShape - http://youtu.be/T-mLI0GM7mo

CEO Panel: David Brunel, CEO, Biodesix - http://youtu.be/hRaO0zao-yc

CEO Panel: Byron Hewett, CEO, SomaLogic - http://youtu.be/W501l9z6FEo


BioTalks Excerpt: Jonathan Norris – Investments, Exits - http://youtu.be/8s3pjDmqscU

BioTalks Excerpt: David Gary, Clinical Trials Ethics - http://youtu.be/7g6V7082kr0

BioTalks Excerpt: Iya Khalil on Big Data Healthcare - http://youtu.be/QFuad4jPIEE

BioTalks Excerpt: Robert Atkinson, How Colorado Ranks - http://youtu.be/AJ8mYHWm-o8

BioTalks Excerpt: Rhea May, Superbugs - http://youtu.be/fGon5MgE6qs

BioTalks Excerpt: Larry Blankenship, Valley of Death - http://youtu.be/ZgfeTYvNxw0

BioTalks Excerpt: Mark Sirangelo, Innovation in Colorado - http://youtu.be/iUhM1WL3DeQ

BioTalks Excerpt: Lindsay Guerdrum, Beer Bioscience - http://youtu.be/YWuXZ1AmWzM


Russell Slifer – About the USPTO - http://youtu.be/T8Up-0LcwAY

Russell Slifer – USPTO Rocky Mtn Regional Office - http://youtu.be/WlgkRDM0Ue0
Venture Showcase Sponsors and Judges http://youtu.be/N2MwTev0rLk

dBMEDx Winning Venture Showcase Presentation - http://youtu.be/TUoQK71wPEU

KromaTiD Venture Showcase Presentation - http://youtu.be/QHnrLHNo3D8

Mighty Oak Medical Venture Showcase Presentation - http://youtu.be/r9oYdewEbvk

FDA Commissioner Hamburg Opening Remarks to Closing Keynote - http://youtu.be/3Wkqls_9zuw

Link to the related InnovatioNews article

Link to the related Denver Post article

Link to the related Denver Business Journal article

Friday, September 12, 2014

Colorado Med Device Company dBMEDx Wins the Venture Showcase Competition at BioWest 2014

dBMEDx (Littleton) won the 2014 Venture Showcase competition at the BioWest Conference and Expo yesterday at the Marriott City Center Denver, receiving the $7,500 cash prize. The announcement is made by April Giles, Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) President and CEO who says, “We are very proud to announce dBMEDx as the winner of the Venture Showcase. The check presentation was an exciting end to the BioWest Conference. The award not only includes the cash prize of $7,500 but also includes recognition and exposure for the company. ” This award is sponsored by Dorsey and Whitney LLP and The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. BioWest, the Rocky Mountain Region's premier medical device and biotechnology conference, is organized by the CBSA and held every other year.

dBMEDx is a Colorado-based medical device development company that is creating clinical decision and patient monitoring devices using its patented, non-invasive scanning technology. These devices combine the power and safety of ultrasound with sophisticated image processing electronics and software to provide simple, fully automated and completely noninvasive diagnostic measurements.  Fully automated means that very little training is required and the user does not need any experience with ultrasound to use our devices. To enable this level of automation, dBMEDx has successfully created and patented an extremely compact, wireless, 3D scan engine.

The scan engine, which can be held in the palm of the hand, includes a complete 3D ultrasound imaging machine and automated image processor within a small, sealed tube.  The system also includes an integrated Bluetooth radio and rechargeable battery, which is inductively charged. The company is in the process of commercializing the first application for this technology, the BBS Revolution™ device for automated bladder volume measurement, and has a range of pipeline of products for other clinical applications as well. Visit: http://www.dbmedx.com.

Video of winning Venture Showcase pitch by dBMEDx CEO David Shine:


http://youtu.be/TUoQK71wPEU

The Venture Showcase format allowed each company’s lead executive to make a 15-minute presentation with an accompanying slide deck explaining their technology and business plan to a panel of judges in front of a live audience. This year's judging panel included the following:

• Michael Weiner, Partner, Dorsey
• Ned Scheetz, Managing Director, Aphelion Capital
• Steve VanNurden, President and CEO, Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority

The three 2014 Venture Showcase finalists included:

dBMEDx – Littleton http://www.dbmedx.com
KromaTiD, Inc. - Fort Collins http://www.kromatid.com
Mighty Oak Medical – Englewood http://www.mightyoakmedical.com

The BioWest Conference was attended by more than 300 industry leaders, government representatives, executives, researchers, investors and entrepreneurs. “We look forward to the continued growth of the bioscience industry and presenting the conference in again 2016,” Giles concludes.

Link to the related Business Wire

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media Release

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

InnovatioNews: 'CBSA BioWest conference to include BioTalks and C-Level Unplugged at 2014 event"

Quoting from the Sept 5th posting:

"Colorado BioScience Association is launching a new feature called “BioTalks” at the annual BioWest Conference and Expo set for Sept. 10.

BioTalks will include eight fast-paced presentations about 'the big and bold ideas in the bioscience industry,' according to CBSA.

The BioTalks are scheduled for 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m.

...The 2014 CBSA BioWest Conference and Expo will be held at the Marriott City Center, 1701 California St., in downtown Denver."

Link to InnovatioNews.com

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BioWest 2014 on Wed Sept 10: Expo Returns + Conference Welcomes FDA Commissioner Hamburg as Lead Keynote

September 10, at the Marriott City Center, Denver:

Exhibitors will be showcasing up to 40 new technologies, products and services at the 2014 BioWest Conference and Expo, the Rocky Mountain Region’s premier medical device and biotechnology conference organized by the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA).

The announcement is made by CBSA President and CEO April Giles, who says: “The 2014 BioWest Conference and Expo has an amazing line up of keynotes, CEO presentations and offers a wide variety of products and services on display in the Expo Hall. This year, the Expo Hall will have added energy and excitement with the C-Level Unplugged interviews on center stage and the Venture Showcase winner announcement and check presentation.”

The BioWest Conference is a one-day event attended by more than 300 industry leaders, government representatives, executives, researchers, investors and entrepreneurs. The conference features keynote speakers Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and keynote panelists; Jandel Akeynote llen-Davis, M.D., Vice President, Government and External Relations, Kaiser Permanente Colorado; James Hill, Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine; Len Tacconi, President, HMR Weight Management Services Corp., a subsidiary of Merck and Co. Inc., moderated by Steve VanNurden, President and CEO, Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority; and Russell Slifer, Director, United States Patent and Trademark, Rocky Mountain Regional Office.

Additional Program Segments include: 

* C-Level Unplugged: Conversation with Top Level Leadership.

* Colorado Companies: From Concept to Market featuring three of Colorado’s Top BioScience CEOs (pictured above: Bill Aldrich, EndoShape; David Brunel, Biodesix; and Byron Hewett, SomaLogic).

* BioTalks: Big Bold Innovative Ideas.


* Venture Showcase: Three emerging life science companies present to a panel of investors for a $7,500 Venture Showcase cash prize. Finalists include: dBMEDx, Littleton; KromaTiD, Inc., Fort Collins; Mighty Oak Medical, Englewood.


The full schedule of the day’s events is found at: http://www.cobioscience.com/biowest/schedule.

Exhibitors confirmed to date include:

Olympus Scientific Solutions - http://www.olympus-ims.com

More About BioWest 2014 | September 10, 2014 | #BioWest2014 

Conference Registration is now open at http://www.CoBioScience.com/BioWest. Rates for members start at $325 and $375 for non-members and passes for the expo hall and reception only are $125 for members and $150 for non-members. Group rates are available for companies and organizations. Conference Sponsors include: AdvaMed, Amgen, BIO, BioFrontiers Institute, DePuy Synthes, DaVita Clinical Research, Dorsey and Whitney LLP, Dohmen Life Science Services, EY, Evergreen Research, Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, Fisher Scientific, Metro Denver EDC, The Mead Consulting Group, Quintiles, SomaLogic, Sheridan Ross PC, Square 1 Bank, Silicon Valley Bank, TerumoBCT.

Link to the Business Wire Release

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CBSA Partners with PrIME Health Collaborative to Offer a BioWest 2014 Pre-Event


Colorado BioScience Association for the first time is hosting a Pre-Event to its BioWest Conference line-up, the 2014 Digital Health Venture Showcase, in partnership with the PrIME Health Collaborative (PrIME). The digital health pre-event (the final pitch event for the Finance Track of PrIME’s Digital Health Challenge) will be held the day before BioWest, September 9 (1 to 9 p.m.) at CSU Denver, 475 17th Street, 2nd Floor Atrium. The announcement is made by CBSA President and CEO April Giles, who says, “We're thrilled to announce this first co-hosted BioWest pre-event in partnership with PrIME, a relatively new organization representing the dynamic ecosystem of Digital Health companies in Colorado. We plan for a series of events exploring the emerging digital health segment to follow in the future.”

This BioWest Pre-Event features a curated, vetted selection of pitches from the best and brightest Colorado digital health companies. These finalist companies will vie for a share of $50,000 in prizes awarded by PrIME in partnership with the Colorado Health Foundation. Additionally, an evening Cocktail Reception will take place following the Venture Showcase, which will provide an opportunity for the attendees of both the Digital Health Venture Showcase and the BioWest conference. The reception is free to investors attending the Digital Health Venture Showcase. Others may attend at a nominal fee of $25, by registering online at http://cobioscience.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id=487688. For a downloadable Investors Dealbook, visit: http://primehealthco.com/invest/.

About BioWest 2014 | September 10, 2014

The BioWest Conference is a one day event attended by more than 300 industry leaders, government representatives, executives, researchers, investors and entrepreneurs. The conference features speakers Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (her ‘Update on the FDA’ keynote will occur at 4:45 p.m.) and keynote panelists; Jandel Allen-Davis, M.D., Vice President, Government and External Relations, Kaiser Permanente Colorado; James Hill, Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine; Len Tacconi, President, HMR Weight Management Services Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co. Inc.; and Russell Slifer, Director, United States Patent & Trademark, Rocky Mountain Regional Office. The full schedule of the day’s events is found at: http://www.cobioscience.com/biowest/schedule.

Conference Registration is now open at http://www.CoBioScience.com/BioWest. Rates for members start at $325 and $375 for non-members and passes for the expo hall and reception only are $125 for members and $150 for non-members. Group rates are available for companies and organizations. The conference also includes an Exhibit Hall with over 40 exhibitors showcase new technologies, products and services to attendees.

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media Release

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CBSA Announces 2014 BioWest Venture Showcase Finalists

Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) will hold its BioWest Conference, September 10, 2014, at the Marriott City Center, Denver. The three finalists in the 2014 Venture Showcase competition at BioWest include: dBMEDx, Littleton; KromaTiD, Inc., Fort Collins; Mighty Oak Medical, Englewood.

Colorado BioScience Association announces the 2014 BioWest Conference, September 10, at the Marriott City Center, 1701 California Street, Denver. The announcement is made by CBSA President and CEO April Giles, who says, “BioWest is the Rocky Mountain region's premier medical device and biotechnology conference that brings together the industry for a one-day only conference that includes the Venture Showcase competition." 

The Venture Showcase finalists pitch their technologies and business plans in front of a live audience at BioWest to a panel of bioscience experts and venture capitalists. The winner, announced at the end of the conference day, will receive a $7,500 cash prize.

The three finalists in the 2014 Venture Showcase competition include:

dBMEDx - Littleton dBMEDx is developing breakthrough, real-time clinical decision and patient monitoring devices using our patented, non-invasive scanning technology. Visit: http://www.dbmedx.com.

KromaTiD, Inc. - Fort Collins KromaTiD is dedicated to creating new products for disease research, mutation detection and chromosome analysis. Visit: http://www.kromatid.com.

Mighty Oak Medical - Englewood Mighty Oak is developing a prize-winning spine technology that features an affordable and disposable option for surgical navigation. Visit: http://www.mightyoakmedical.com.

About BioWest 2014 | September 10, 2014

The BioWest Conference is a one day event attended by more than 300 industry leaders, government representatives, executives, researchers, investors and entrepreneurs. The conference features speakers Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (her ‘Update on the FDA’ keynote will occur at 4:45 p.m.) and keynote panelists; Jandel Allen-Davis, M.D., Vice President, Government and External Relations, Kaiser Permanente Colorado; James Hill, Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine; Len Tacconi, President, HMR Weight Management Services Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co. Inc.; and Russell Slifer, Director, United States Patent and Trademark, Rocky Mountain Regional Office. The full schedule of the day’s events is found at: http://www.cobioscience.com/biowest/schedule.

Conference Registration is now open at http://www.CoBioScience.com/BioWest. Rates for members start at $325 and $375 for non-members and passes for the expo hall and reception only are $125 for members and $150 for non-members. Group rates are available for companies and organizations. The conference also includes an Exhibit Hall with over 40 exhibitors showcase new technologies, products and services to attendees.

Link to the Business Wire Release

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media Release


New BioWest Pre-Event Sept 9: Digital Health Venture Showcase

In collaboration with the PrIME Health Collaborative, CBSA is co-hosting the BioWest pre-event, the 2014 Digital Health Venture Showcase on September 9 (1 to 9 p.m.) at CSU Denver, 475 17th Street, 2nd Floor Atrium (this is the final pitch event for the Finance Track of PrIME’s Digital Health Challenge). The event will feature a curated, vetted selection of pitches from the best and brightest Colorado digital health companies. These finalist companies will vie for a share of $50,000 in prizes awarded by PrIME in partnership with the Colorado Health Foundation. To register, visit: http://cobioscience.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id=487688.

Note: the final pitch event for the Access Track of PrIME’s ‘Digital Health Challenge @ Denver Startup Week’ is on September 17th, where finalists will pitch live in front of a panel of health care executives and a group of more than 100 interested onlookers. For more information, visit: http://primehealthco.com/about/challenge/.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Video Overview: CBSA 2014 Women In Bioscience Symposium

The CBSA Women in Bioscience Symposium 2014 was held Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute, Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building. The keynote was presented by Kathy Glaub, former President, Plexxikon and a FireceBiotech's 2011 Women in Biotech: Video recap:

Women In Bioscience 2014: April Giles, CBSA Pres/CEO Opening Remarks
http://youtu.be/iNDbK-mNOkg

Kathy Glaub: Challenges From Big Pharma
http://youtu.be/g7HKsxuyW7w

Kathy Glaub: Lessons Learned At Plexxikon
http://youtu.be/_cV19yVu2sE

Kathy Glaub: Personal Advice to Women In Bioscience
http://youtu.be/6eOiiWWPSbw

Women In Bioscience 2014 HR Professionals Panel: Terumo BCT Strategies For Growth
http://youtu.be/i4xVZVcrn9w - Laura Roybal, Talent Acquisition Manager, Terumo BCT

Women In Bioscience 2014 HR Professionals Panel: About Array BioPharma
http://youtu.be/MpTl6y0NXD0 - Sherri Norland, Array BioPharma 

Women In Bioscience 2014 HR Professionals Panel: 
About Tolmar
http://youtu.be/V9fdI0ZfwnQ - Gayvaughn Marnich, TOLMAR

Women In Bioscience 2014 HR Professionals Panel: Advice For Job Seekers
http://youtu.be/yuzXetJwQAg -Laura Roybal, Talent Acquisition Manager, Terumo BCT

Women In Bioscience 2014 HR Professionals Panel: Work Your Network
http://youtu.be/r0GTRvQgwd8 - Sherri Norland, Array BioPharma 

Women In Bioscience 2014 HR Professionals Panel: Personal Networking Example
http://youtu.be/JTZOFeiQIuQ - Gayvaughn Marnich, TOLMAR

Dr Leslie Leinwand, CSO, BioFrontiers Institute: Her Story
http://youtu.be/5RDEfVGcr6U

Speed Mentoring
The symposium concluded with a speed mentoring session: a fast, fun, facilitated session for attendees to connect to women leaders in bioscience. Participating Mentors included:

* Eliana Rivera Burke, Senior Director of Business Development, BARC USA

* Nicole Garneau, PhD, Curator and Chair of the Health Sciences Department, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

* April Giles, President and CEO, Colorado BioScience Association

* Kathy Glaub, Former President, Plexxikon

* Clara Li (her table is pictured in the foreground above), VP Regulatory Affairs, Clinipace Worldwide

* Jeannine Looney, SWQA Manager, Covidien Surgical Solutions

* Heather Potters, Global Business Development Officer, Co-Chairman, PharmaJet, Inc.

After ten minutes, attendees circulated to another mentor's table.


Jeannine Looney, far right:

Heather Potters, center:

Eliana Rivera Burke, center:
 Kathy Glaub, center:  
Nicole Garneau, PhD, left,center: