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.

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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

Monday, June 30, 2014

Colorado BioScience Association Welcomes the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ‘Rocky Mountain Regional Satellite Office’ to Denver

Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) is honored to welcome the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Rocky Mountain Regional Satellite Office and Russell Slifer, its new director, to Denver at today’s historic grand opening. The announcement is made by CBSA President and CEO April Giles, who says, “Bioscience companies in Colorado depend on access to a high quality, efficient patent office; and having patent agents right in our back yard will provide for a better interface, as well as efficient and engaged interactions, in the future.” 

Director Slifer, an intellectual property lawyer, has served as chief patent counsel for Boise, Idaho-based Micron Technology for the past eight years. He also was a design engineer for Honeywell and spent more than nine years in private legal practice in Minnesota helping high-technology clients.

As background, in September 2011, U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet worked to pass the America Invents Act, which allowed for the creation of three new satellite offices for the USPTO. This effort in turn led to the establishment of the Denver office, which according to Giles, should make the patent process more effective and affordable for smaller entities in the region; relieve the logjam of patents awaiting approval; and, result in patent litigation being less imposing and more predictable.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Denver Post YourHub: 'Festival of Felines 2014...Saturday, June 28th, 11 to 2"

The Patterned Cats took to YourHub this week to promote tomorrow's Festival of Felines at the Cat Care Society in Lakewood (5787 W. 6th Avenue).

Date/Time: 06/28/2014 11:00 am - 2:00 pm 

Location: Cat Care Society 

Great Family Fun! Hope to see your there.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Natural Awakenings: 'Outdoor Options for Feline Friends Safe Ways to Let Them Explore'

Quoting from the posting by Sandra Murphy:

"In Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Jane Dorsey, volunteer coordinator for the Cat Care Society, utilizes 'habicats' both at the shelter and at home. Because her first cat, Chessie, was an escape artist, Dorsey decided to use a large dog pen (12 feet long by six feet tall) as an enclosure. Stood on end, it attaches to the house and has a weatherproof panel roof. A cat door leads to the kitchen. 'Chessie’s personality improved because she was able to decide when to go in and out. For easy cleanup, we used pavers for flooring.'"

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CBSA Applauds ‘Colorado Companies to Watch’ for Honoring Five Local Bioscience Companies

Colorado BioScience Association congratulates the five local bioscience companies included in this year’s class of ‘Colorado Companies to Watch’ and applauds the program for showcasing 50 of Colorado’s outstanding second-stage companies. Announced at a Gala held June 20th at the Denver Marriott City Center, those bioscience companies featured in the 2014 Class were: Eldon James Corp., Denver; JustRight Surgical LLC, Boulder; MedKeeper, Westminster; Sharklet Technologies Inc., Aurora; and UrgentRx, Denver.

The announcement is made by CBSA President and CEO April Giles, who says, “This is a great honor for these growth stage companies to be recognized for developing and commercializing vital products in the bioscience industry and creating quality jobs in the state to fuel economic growth.”

More about the bioscience companies included in Colorado Companies to Watch Class of 2014:

* Eldon James Corp., Denver - Eldon James manufactures plastic tubing and connectors for the medical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, industrial and automotive industries.  The business opened its new 75,000-square-foot headquarters in Denver last year—building a 10,000-square-foot cleanroom and creating a new product line of PVC- and BPA- free tubing.  Visit, http://eldonjames.com

* JustRight Surgical LLC, Boulder - JustRight Surgical, a micro-laparoscopic medical device company, "right-sizing" existing technologies for the operating room. Their sealing instrument is 4 times smaller than any sealer available today. The company has received 510 (k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its JustRight™ 5mm Stapler. Visit, http://Justrightsurgical.com

* MedKeeper, Westminster - MedKeeper provides mobile and Web-based applications to help hospital pharmacies manage operations more efficiently. Visit, http://medkeeper.com

* Sharklet Technologies Inc., Aurora - Sharklet Technologies is a biotechnology company that develops surface technologies that are designed to inhibit microorganism growth to make the world a healthier, environmentally safer and better place. Inspired by the microbial-resistant properties of sharkskin, Sharklet™, the company’s core technology, is the world’s first micro-texture developed to control bacteria including Staph a., MRSA, VRE, E. coli and a host of others. Visit, http://Sharklet.com

* UrgentRx, Denver - UrgentRx produces a line of fast-acting, over-the-counter medications for today’s on-the-go consumer. The company’s trademarked Fast Powders come in convenient, single-dose packets for easier portability and accessibility. Visit, http://urgentRx.com

The bioscience industry plays a key role in Colorado’s Advance Industry clusters with more than 600 pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, diagnostics, and ag-bio companies. Currently, the state employs 27,000 people in its bioscience companies, creating over 122,000 direct and indirect jobs, translating into over $10 billion in payroll.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

CBSA Releases Annual Bioscience Colorado Magazine at BIO International Convention in San Diego

Colorado BioScience Association is releasing its annual edition of Bioscience Colorado, this week, at the BIO International Convention in San Diego, CA. The announcement is made by CBSA President & CEO April Giles, who says, “In this issue we are looking at the intersection of people and data, and how it benefits human health. Big Data is now playing a critical role within the bioscience industry—from the personal devices on our wrists monitoring our bodies, to electronic medical records housing our health histories—data is valuable.”

Bioscience Colorado is a key resource for companies, investors and economic developers, and has become the go-to source for the industry. With a total audience of over 8,000, including online impressions, this publication is one of the industry’s greatest voices—locally, nationally and internationally.

This new issue, Drawing People & Data Together to benefit human health, includes:

* 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
* 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 by the Numbers: Financing and Acquisitions
* Grant Programs: Innovation Engines
* Colorado Bioscience Industry Directory

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

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

Link to the Business Wire newswire: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140623005344/en/Colorado-BioScience-Association-Releases-Annual-Bioscience-Colorado#.U6hmXPldV8E

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