Friday, July 27, 2012

Penny Parker's Mile High Life: 'These cats may tickle your fancy'

Quoting from Penny Parker's new column, Mile High Life, in Denver's suburban newspaper consortium, Our Colorado News:

"Cat lovers can grab a kitty by the tail during Tails of the Painted Cats 2012, an auction and purr-fect dinner and gala July 28 at Lakewood Country Club to benefit the Cat Care Society...

...The event emcee is Ed Greene, CBS4 weather whiz. Auctioneers are Warren and Terri Smith of Two for the Show Auctions. Individual tickets for the gala are $75. New this year is a $100 patron ticket to a private VIP meet-and-greet prior to the dinner, where Greene will sign the 2013 "weather cat" painted cat.

The silent auction at the gala will include a Tower of Wine with 36 bottles (including pricey French labels and Marilyn Merlots) that attendees can bid on in addition to the Painted Cats...

...Tickets for the July 28 gala dinner and auction are available at:"

Link to Penny's column and pictures of several of the Painted Cats

Link to the Photo Gallery

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

North Denver Tribune: 'Tennyson Street Hosts Cat Care Society’s ‘Tails of the Painted Cats'’

Check out the 2012 Tails of the Painted Cats in the North Denver Tribune...

Online at

Or via the July 19th print edition:

You'll find the hard copy Tribs at merchants and galleries throughout the Tennyson Street Cultural District where the cats have been on display this month and through noon tomorrow, Wednesday, July 25.

Thanks to Elisa Cohen, editor, and her team for showing off the 2012 Tails of the Painted Cats lineup at the TSCD!

Monday, July 23, 2012

DBJ & Denver Post: 'Denver Metro Chamber names Riebel its new chief operating officer'

Quoting from the July 20th posting by Kevin C. Keller:

"The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that Holli Riebel will be its new chief operating officer.

Riebel will join the chamber Aug. 19. She was formerly chief executive officer of the Colorado Bioscience Association. She formerly served on the chamber's economic development entity, and was with Jefferson Economic Council for seven years...

...The Colorado Bioscience Association has named April Giles, executive vice president to oversee its day-to-day operations as a formal search for a replacement begins.

Link to the Denver Post

Quoting from the July 20th Denver Business Journal by Greg Avery:

"Holli Riebel has been named chief operating officer of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, effective Aug. 19.

Riebel is currently president and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association, the trade group representing the state’s biotechnology and medical device industries and related academic research institutions...

...She took leadership of CBSA two years ago. She will remain at the CBSA until Aug. 17.

Steve Orndorff, chairman of the 350-member association’s board and CEO of Ariel Pharmaceuticals said in a note to members Friday that Riebel has been a strong asset for the CBSA.

'She has accomplished a number of goals and led the organization to many successes,' he wrote. 'I can say unequivocally that CBSA is stronger than ever due to Holli’s effective leadership.'

April Giles, CBSA executive vice president, will oversee the association’s day-to-day operations following Riebel’s departure. The association’s board plans to meet soon the start organizing the national search for a permanent president and CEO."

Link to the Denver Business Journal

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Aurora Sentinel: 'Colorado makes its mark in bioscience as the industry roars to life nationwide'

Quoting from the July 17th Aurora Sentinel article by Brandon Johansson:
"The Colorado BioScience Association also pointed to what it sees as continued growth in 2012 and beyond, including the addition of a new wing at the Fitzsimons redevelopment Authority’s headquarters in the Fitzsimons Life Science District in Aurora as well as several other expansions by Colorado companies this year.

'These elements together with over 600 bioscience companies, led by the best in the industry, generate a critical mass that really puts Colorado on the map,' President and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association Holli Riebel said. 'We're proud to announce our industry achievements and create a dialog with investors and partners that Colorado is a great place for bioscience.'"

Blacktie Colorado/Penny Parker On The Town: 'Cat scratch fever heats up charity gala and auction'

Quoting from Penny Parker's recent Blacktie Colorado column:

"Cat lovers can grab a kitty by the tail during Tails of the Painted Cats 2012, an auction and purr-fect dinner and gala July 28 at Lakewood Country Club to benefit the Cat Care Society.

The pretty kitties, created by juried artists, are on display at various galleries and businesses in the Tennyson Street Cultural District during July.

Event emcee is Ed Greene, CBS4 weather whiz. Auctioneers are Warren and Terri Smith of Two for the Show Auctions. Individual tickets for the gala are $75. New this year is a $100 patron ticket to a private VIP meet and greet prior to the dinner where Greene will sign the 2013 “weather cat” painted cat."

Remember - we're just days away from the Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction at the Lakewood Country Club.

Bid on Painted Cats in Advance:

Order tickets for the Final Auction Gala online:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

CBSA Announces BioWest 2012 Rundown + Unveils Venture Showcase Finalists

The Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) announces the 9th BioWest Conference, September 11, 2012, at the Marriott City Center, Denver. The announcement is made by CBSA President & CEO Holli Riebel, who says, “BioWest is the Rocky Mountain region's premier medical device and biotechnology conference and the venue of our much anticipated Venture Showcase competition. We've now selected the six finalists for this year's Venture Showcase and are thrilled by the amazing new technologies that will be presented at BioWest in September."

The six finalists in the 2012 Venture Showcase competition include:

Flashback Technologies Inc. - Longmont, CO - is developing and commercializing product applications of its proprietary software algorithm platform called CipherSensorTM Technology. The first product application is in the medical trauma setting enabling the immediate, noninvasive detection of the risk for cardiovascular collapse and monitoring of the effectiveness of fluid resuscitation therapy.  

KromaTiD - Fort Collins, CO - makes products for analyzing defects and damage to human chromosomes. The company is launching the first commercial platform for the discovery and detection of a recalcitrant class of DNA mutations known as Chromosomal Inversions.  

Siva Therapeutics Inc. - Boulder, CO - is developing a method for cancer therapy which promises to be safer, with fewer side effects, and at least as effective as current therapies. The company’s approach is precision photothermal treatment of solid tumors using targeted gold nanorods - SivaRods™.  

Sophono Inc. - Boulder, CO - has developed the world’s first non-percutaneous, implantable, bone-anchored hearing device. The company’s Alpha 1 System eliminates the problematic abutment of other devices by using magnets to securely affix the external sound processor to a titanium implant.  

SuviCa Inc. - Boulder, CO - is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule drugs for oncology. The company’s family of compounds target a process crucial for cancer growth but under-utilized as a drug target.  

VetDC Inc. - Fort Collins, CO - is an emergent veterinary biotechnology company that licenses innovative human biomedical technologies to address serious unmet medical needs in companion animals. The company’s lead candidate is a novel anti-cancer drug.  

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.

Monday, July 16, 2012

DBJ: 'Fitzsimons changes focus to better nurture startups'

Quoting from the article by Greg Avery on Steve VanNurden, recently appointed Pres/CEO of the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority:

"VanNurden’s hiring completes a shift making the FRA less of a real estate organization and one more focused on helping to attract and find resources for medical and technology businesses that want to be in the park.

'Rather than make this a real estate play, we’re going to make this a biosciences community,' he said. 'We have all the ingredients to be able to do that; we just need to put them in the right places.'. .

. . . . Near VanNurden’s office door, construction workers are finishing the interior of an $8 million expansion of the building that houses the FRA headquarters and 3½ floors of labs and offices for 38 bioscience startups, most of which come from the university labs across the street.

The new wing was considered speculative development when it was announced two years ago, but demand for it proved strong.

The expansion opens July 25, and it will be 90 percent occupied. Four companies — Isogenis, Inc., LightLabs, Mitomics and Touch of Life Technologies — are moving in. They outgrew their space in the bioscience incubator building, said Vicki Jenings, the FRA’s director of business relations.

VanNurden hopes the growth of companies incubated on the campus will drive demand for more buildings, and that some large companies result from the homegrown tenants.

He plans to look beyond the FRA’s immediate surroundings for tenant companies. He envisions the park one day attracting computer technology companies and clinical-trials management companies, not just strictly drug and medical-device research companies. . .

. . . On July 3, VanNurden realized a longtime industry contact had a layover at DIA. VanNurden — who declined to identify that person’s company, saying only that it’s well-known — picked up the person and his colleagues, and gave them an impromptu tour of Fitzsimons and information about the work being done on the campus before returning them to DIA.

'They didn’t know what this was, and they were very interested to discover what’s going on here,' he said."

Listen Up! Cat Care Society Underwriting Messages Hit Colorado Public Radio Airwaves This Week

In celebration of the upcoming Tails of the Painted Cats Final Auction Gala and Dinner, several Cat Care Society board members have contributed a series of underwriting messages on Colorado Public Radio this week.

So be listening for these words from the Colorado Public Radio announcer...

"Support comes from the Cat Care Society and Clinic in Lakewood, hosting the 2012 Tails of the Painted Cats Art Project benefiting the shelter cats and community outreach programs. Details at Cat Care Society dot Org."

On Tuesday, July 17... Cat Care Society announcements are scheduled for:

10:06 a.m. and

5:30 p.m.

Listen on your radio at:

Denver KCFR 90.1 FM and

Boulder KCFC 1490 AM

Or, online at: - click "LISTEN TO COLORADO NEWS" at the top of the web page.

Remember - we're less than two weeks out from the Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction at the Lakewood Country Club.

Bid on Painted Cats in Advance:

Order tickets for the Final Auction Gala online:

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Feline Frenzy/Denver: Cat Care Society is Celebrating 'Caturday Saturday' July 14th!

It's Feline Frenzy Week in Denver and this Saturday, you'll find Cat Care Society simply 'omnipresent' citywide at the various Denver Events:

Cat Care Society's Painted Cats Claudia Monette and Little Roar will be found at Denver's Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market, 46th & Tennyson, on Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rest of the Tails of the Painted Cats Lineup are found at galleries and shops at the nearby Tennyson Street Cultural District - click here for the rundown - learn more about the Horseshoe Market:

Cat Care Society is again exhibiting at the Denver Dumb Friends League CAT FEST expo.  DDFL is located in East Denver at 2080 S. Quebec St. and Cat Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking available at the shelter and in the Big Lots shopping center parking lot on the northeast corner of Quebec & Iliff. Come out and say hi to Cat Care Society's own Dorothy Ruxton at the Cat Care Society booth. For more information at the Cat Fest expo, visit:

Next head south to Tagawa Gardens in Parker for Grey Kitty's Birthday Party. There's a cat expo, birthday cake honoring Grey Kitty and of course Tagawa's awesome garden product land. Carol and Kay from Cat Care Society will be taking a CCS kitty to help with Grey Kitty's celebration. Be there -- 7711 S. Parker Road on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more at:

Those Amazing Acro-Cats are finishing their 2012 Denver run at the Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St, again raising funds for the Cat Care Society shelter cats and community outreach programs. Saturday performances are 1, 4 and 7 p.m. (Friday performances are 7 and 10 p.m.). Purchase tickets in advance online:

If you have time left, don't forget the Cat Care Society shelter at 5787 West 6th Avenue is open 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays (plus Sundays noon to 3 p.m.) if you're ready to adopt a kitty. Or, just stop by to pet our little guys waiting for their Forever Homes.

Plus Cat Care Society kitties are found at Woofs 'n Hoofs in Ken Caryl - 12482 W. Ken Caryl Ave, Sat:  9  a.m. - 6 p.m. Visit: Littleton (by the Safeway center)

Remember - we're just two weeks out from the Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction at the Lakewood Country Club.
Bid on Painted Cats in Advance:
Order tickets for the Final Auction Gala:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

9News Denver: 'Colo. bioscience industry, patients to benefit from new law'

CBSA Pres/CEO Holli Riebel interviewed with 9News yesterday regarding the new federal law that cuts the FDA's approval timetable for new drugs. Quoting from the 9News posting:

"Supporters say the bill would benefit hundreds of Colorado startups that are developing novel medicines and therapies. They say the provision could also help severely ill patients who are willing to take experimental drugs that haven't undergone the full battery of tests for all possible side effects and complications...

...About 600 bioscience companies, research institutions and venture capital groups in Colorado employ about 20,000 people, and the industry continues to grow despite the sluggish economy, according to the Colorado Bioscience Association."

Link to the video report or view here:

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tennyson Street Cultural District Hosts Cat Care Society's 'Tails of the Painted Cats' Lineup During July, Debuting at First Friday Art Walk July 6

The 2012 'Tails of the Painted Cats,' the Cat Care Society's lineup of one-of-a-kind, larger-than-life artwork cats - created by accomplished area artists - will be on display at Denver's Tennyson Street Cultural District for the month of July, debuting at the District's First Friday Art Walk on July 6 (6-9 pm).

The announcement is made by CCS President Diane Stoner, who says, "Our Painted Cats will be hosted at 18 galleries and businesses throughout the Tennyson Street Cultural District. Plus our Drawing Cat, Claudia Monette, will be present at Tenn Street Art for First Friday and the District's Horseshoe Market on July 14. "

Here's where you'll find the Painted Cats on Tennyson during July:

Tenn Street Art - 4418 Tennyson - Little Roar by Jane McFadden Dorsey and The RubaiyCat of Omar Siam by Kathryn Jackson and Claudia Monette by Jane McFadden Dorsey (First Friday Art Walk Only)

Mac Garage - 4417 W 43rd Ave - Rudi by Bonnie Wilber

Modestea - 4415 W 43rd Ave - Soleil by Gail Firmin and Toulouse Le Chat by Cam Williams and Cat Masquerade by Melanie Gwendahlin Keyes

The Wine Jester - 4342 Tennyson - Meowscarade by Pam Schmidt

Planet Pet - 4338 Tennyson - Sushi Chef by Shirlee Akemi Miyake

Always Clean - 4307 Tennyson - Hibiscat by Carla Pawlewicz

Pearl Velo Bike Shop - 4301 Tennyson - Pearls & Lilies by BW Sharp

The Bookery Nook & Ice Cream Shop - 4280 Tennyson - C is for Cat by Liz Cooper

Clotheshorse Wendy - 4232 Tennyson - Colorado Calico by Ashley Conroy

Mouthfuls - 4224 Tennyson - Unity by Sara Nevadomski

Ooh! Aah! Jewelry - 4216 Tennyson - Bridal Henna Cat by Kathy Burton

NOW Gallery - 3977 Tennyson - Casino Kate: The Cat by K. Ross

The Winey Bean - 3937 Tennyson - Crazy Quilt Cat by Joan A. Lee

Flesher-Hinton Music Co - 3936 Tennyson - Helios by Karen R. Mahnken

Hops & Pie - 3920 Tennyson - Misty by Pam Schmidt

Cake - 3832 Tennyson - Claudia Monette by Jane McFadden Dorsey (Claudia is our 2012 Drawing Cat - in addition to Cake, she'll be at Tenn Street Art during the First Friday Art Walk, July 6, and be part of the Horseshoe Market on Saturday, July 14)

Drawing Kitty: Claudia Monette by Jane McFadden Dorsey In addition to the Painted Cats being auctioned, local artist Jane McFadden Dorsey has again created the project's official 'drawing kitty.' This year it's Claudia Monette. For a $10.00 donation per ticket, names are entered in a drawing to take her home. Claudia Monette will be present at the District's Horseshoe Market on Saturday, July 14. The winner of Claudia Monette will be announced at the July 28th Gala.

About Tails of the Painted Cats Some of the Painted Cats are standing, and some are sitting, but they are all unique, original decorator pieces. You can visit the Online Gallery at The larger (about 28" tall) Painted Cats each started with an opening bid of $300 and the smaller Painted Cats opened at $150 (bids increase in $50 increments). Advanced online bidding is available at through Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at noon (MDT). Advanced bids can also be placed by calling Suellen Scott, CCS director of development, at 303-239-9680, ext. 19.

On July 28th, the Painted Cats will be auctioned at Cat Care Society's Gala Dinner Auction at Lakewood Country Club. The emcee is Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather & News Anchor. The auctioneers are Warren and Terri Smith of Two for the Show Auctions. Individual tickets for the Gala are $75.00 each. New this year is an individual patron ticket to a private VIP Meet & Greet prior to the dinner on July 28 where Ed Greene will sign the 2013 'Weather Cat' painted cat -- $100.00 each. Details regarding sponsorships, table upgrades and proxy bidding are also available by calling Suellen Scott, CCS director of development, at 303-239-9680, ext. 19.

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media Newswire

This week: The Acro-Cats Pounce On Denver - Benefiting Cat Care Society Again!

The Bug Theatre in Denver, Colorado (3654 Navajo St.) welcomes Samantha Martin and The Amazing Acro-Cats, one of only four performing house-cat troupes in the U.S., July 6th – 8th and July 11th – 14th as part of their 2012 Summer Tour.

See the Amazing Acro-Cats Live and in Purr-son in Denver...

Fri July 6 @ 7 & 10 pm

Sat July 7 @ 4, 7 & 10 pm

Sun July 8 @ 1, 4 & 7 pm

Wed July 11 @ 7 pm

Thurs July 12 @ 7 pm

Fri July 13 @ 7 & 10 pm

Sat July 14th @ 1, 4 & 7pm

Tickets $15 / /$12 children 12 and under.

Advance ticket orders are recommended - order at:

A portion of the proceeds from this show will again benefit Cat Care Society, Lakewood, CO.

Thank you, Acro-Cats for helping the shelter cats at Cat Care Society again this year!

Read more about the Acro-Cats Denver Gig:

303 Magazine

Denver Post


Lakewood Pet Examiner

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

LifeScience: 'Aurora Bioscience district gets new boss with big experience'

Quoting from the July 3 Aurora Sentinel article by Brandon Johansson:

"Steve VanNurden is excited for the new expansion wing at the Bioscience Park Center, Thursday afternoon, June 28, at the Fitzsimons Life Science District. VanNurden took over as President and CEO in late May...

...That growth and the momentum he sees being built was what drew VanNurden from Mayo Clinic Ventures in Rochester, Minn. to the FRA.

VanNurden started at Mayo 22 years ago after a career with agriculture-industry giant Cargill.

A few years prior, Mayo had launched Mayo Clinic Ventures, which aimed to take the world-class research happening at Mayo, and turn it into bioscience and biotechnology companies.

Since then, he helped start about 50 individual companies.

That ability to take the ideas that sprout from medical research and turn them into profitable companies has local officials excited about VanNurden’s arrival at the FRA.

Mark Spiecker, CEO of Sharklet Technologies, one of the 39 companies at the FRA’s Bioscience Park Center, said VanNurden is the perfect fit for the organization.

Across the health-care industry, Mayo is seen as a model for technology development and funding, Spiecker said, and Mayo Clinic Ventures is well-known as a place where breakthrough technologies become startup companies.

'Having a guy that used to run that program is a great opportunity for us,' he said.

Holli Riebel, CEO of the Colorado Bioscience Association, said landing VanNurden was a sign that Colorado’s burgeoning bioscience industry is gaining credibility around the country. 'I think it’s a real coup for us to be able to attract Steve,' she said.

His background with starting bioscience companies will be ideal at the FRA, where officials have announced an enhanced focus on building relationships with the rest of the state’s bioscience industry, she said.

'That’s really what we’re trying to do,' she said."

Link to the full article

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Denver Post: 'Denver to get U.S. Patent Office, a $440 million economic boost'

Quoting from this morning's Denver Post:

"The Denver metro area is among three places that will get a new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; a $440 million economic generator that promises hundreds of new high-paying jobs, according to documents obtained by The Denver Post on Saturday...

Holli Riebel, president of the Colorado BioScience Association, worked the state's budding network of biologists and scientists; people who often apply for patents; to sign a letter of support.

'Many times, things go to the coasts and they don't go to the middle of the country,' she said at the time. 'I think there's a huge market that could be drawn from the middle. It's an easy place for everyone to get to, and we do have an international airport.'"

Link to the Denver Post report

Link to a related report in the Denver Business Journal

NCBR: 'Colorado medical device companies grow'

Quoting from the June 29th posting:

"The number of Colorado medical device companies grew by nearly 20 percent in Colorado in the last decade, according to a new bioscience report.

Furthermore, the state showed a 16.1 percent employment growth in the medical device sector from 2001 to 2010, the nonprofit Colorado BioScience Association said Friday. The association cited data from a recent report compiled by global research and development group Battelle and the Biotechnology Industry Organization."

Link to the Northern Colorado Business Report

New Data Shows Colorado’s Bioscience Industry Outpaced National Growth Since 2001 and Continued Adding Jobs Overall Since 2007

Quoting New Battelle/BIO Report: "Colorado’s bioscience industry is large and has outpaced national growth since 2001 by continuing to add jobs overall since 2007. Its companies employ nearly 27,000 with the large and highly specialized state medical device and equipment subsector growing by 16 percent since 2001. Job growth in research, testing, and medical labs has also driven overall sector growth since 2001."

Link to the Business Wire release

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media newswire