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. http://www.flashbacktechnologies.com  

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. http://www.kromatid.com  

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™. http://www.sivatherapeutics.com  

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. http://www.sophono.com  

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. http://www.suvica.com  

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. http://www.vet-dc.com  

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.

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