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:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Denver Post: "Tails of the Painted Cats comes together purr-fectly for Cat Care Society"

Quoting from Joanne Davidson's August 6th column about Cat Care Society's 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Art Auction:

"Those on hand to hear the good news included artists Jane McFadden Dorsey, who has been the event’s program coordinator since Year One, and Carla Pawlewicz, whose 'Cat-Tails and Dogwood' won the People’s Choice Award.

Dorsey’s painted cat, 'Richard Parker,' elicited spirited live auction bidding. When two bidders each held their ground at $5,000, Dorsey, with Bidder No. 1′s blessing, agreed to make a second that would sell for the same price.

Others supporting the cause were former Tails chair Marsha Crest; Warren and Helen Hanks, whose guest, Angela Alexis, won the 16 GB iPad that was the prize in the evening’s Heads & Tails drawing; Dave Barnes of Scenographics, who created the palette centerpieces; pianist Barbara Dawson, whose husband, Clyde, is on the CCS board; Richard and Kathy Swanson; Greg and Cheryl Chamberlain; Stephanie DeGraff Bender, a national expert in women’s health issues; Don and Arlene Johnson; independent film producer Darla Rae; Harold and Ada Anderson (he is a member of the Lone Tree city council and chairs the Centennial Airport Noise Roundtable); radio personality and Leadership Douglas County ambassador Amy Smith; Velocity Radio owner Michael Cotsworth; Mark and Lee Ann Van Loucks; Donita Scholtz; Linda Robinson; and Donna Colm."

Link to the Denver Post Mile High Style

Cat Care Society photos included in Joanne Davidson's column:






Monday, July 21, 2014

Amgen Foundation Grants $25K to a Colorado STEM Education program

Colorado BioScience Association is honored to announce the Amgen Foundation’s grant of $25,000 to the Colorado BioScience Institute in support of the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program in Colorado’s science classrooms.

The RET program is an intensive, 4 week, hands-on program for 7th-12th grade teachers. This inaugural year, four teachers were selected to participate. The RET program places teachers in local life science companies to provide them with hands-on lab experience to bridge real-world skills to back the classroom.

The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between, industry scientists, and the local university research community by involving the teachers in real bioscience research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities.

2014 RET Hosting Companies:

Biodesix, Inc., Aurora, Boulder Molecular diagnostics advancing personalized medicine www.biodesix.com

iC42 Clinical Research & Development, Aurora Contract research services for integrated solutions to systems biology www.bioanalytics.us

Sharklet Technologies, Inc., Aurora Engineers surface technologies (Sharklet™) that controls the growth of dangerous bacteria www.sharklet.com 

Surefire Medical Inc., Westminster Developing a novel infusion system for the interventional radiology market www.surefiremedical.com

The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education, improve patient access to quality care, and strengthen the communities where Amgen staff members live and work. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $200 million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways, and those that provide disaster relief efforts both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit http://www.amgen.com/citizenship/overview.html and follow us on http://www.twitter.com/AmgenFoundation.

Link to the Business Wire

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media Release

Monday, July 7, 2014

New Issue: Bioscience Colorado Magazine 2014-15 Article Overview

Make sure to check out these "great reads" -- and save the new directory for future use.

The complete flip book of the issue can be found online at: http://www.cobioscience.com/magazine2014flip-book/

Articles - Direct Links:

Mobile Health in Colorado: Where “Big Data” Sparks Big Ideas 
  
Biodesix Harnesses Machine Learning and Analytics to Tackle Multivariate Diagnostics 
  
Bioscience in Colorado Continues to Shine with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet 
  
Colorado Life Science Assets: A Sophisticated Repertoire of Clinical-Stage Therapeutic, Device and Diagnostic Products 
  
U.S. Hub: Colorado Is Where Drug, Device and Therapy Intersect 
  
Boettcher Investigators: Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program 
  
Found in Translation: Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Translational Research Programs Focus on Innovative Treatment of Eye Diseases 
  
Tech Transfer Offices Connect the Dots between Research and the Marketplace, Stimulate State’s Economy 
  
Colorado Bioscience Industry by the Numbers: Financing and Acquisitions 
  
Colorado Bioscience Grant Programs: Innovation Engines 
  
Colorado Bioscience Industry Directory – updated company information – great to keep on file 

Bioscience Colorado magazine 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. Colorado’s bioscience assets are also valuable. Device, diagnostic and therapeutic products created here have a significant economic impact—27,000 in total workforce— translating to over $10 billion in the State’s economy each year. In addition, over 60 acquisitions, financings and grants, totaling over $4 billion, were reported within the 2013 calendar year, further developing the industry’s ecosystem.

Download the new magazine pdf at: http://www.cobioscience.com/Magazine%202014/CBSA_magazine_061314-lowres.pdf