Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Univ of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute - Aquaculture and You: 'A Visit To Bell Aquaculture' Podcast

"Take an audio tour of Bell Aquaculture in Indiana, where the aquaculture of the future is being accomplished today. President Norman McCowan describes in detail the operations of this large-scale, vertically-integrated aquaculture farm and processing facility, where the long-term research of UW's Sea Grant has combined with private initiative to provide good jobs and a sustainable food resource for the Indiana economy." Posted 8/21/12

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Denver Post: 'Four growing biotech firms move into Fitzsimons Accelerator Building'

Quoting from the August 23rd article by John Mossman:

"The Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority is celebrating the move of four startup companies from the Bioscience Park Center 'incubator' to its new wing known as the 'accelerator.'

The four biotech companies — Mitomics USA, Greffex Inc., Touch of Life Technologies and Light Labs — are among 39 firms that have been housed in Bioscience Park Center. They have run out of room and are graduating to the $8 million, three-story, 37,000-square-foot expansion, taking up most of that space. The new facility already is 78 percent leased.

'It's a nice problem to have when you haven't even opened your new building yet and you could potentially now be limited in space again,' said the authority's new president and chief executive, Steve VanNurden."

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Aurora Sentinel: 'FRA celebrates grand opening of new wing'

Quoting from the August 22nd Aurora Sentinel:

"The FRA on Wednesday unveiled the new wing at their headquarters, a state-of-the-art addition that dramatically expanded the building at 12635 E. Montview Boulevard by about 50 percent. Steve VanNurdern, the FRA’s executive director, the new space is already about 80 percent full.

The FRA’s grand opening was scheduled for July 25, but they pushed it back to Aug. 22 because of the Aurora theater shootings. The first new tenant, Greffex Inc., moved into its new space this month. Next month, the other three new tenants — Mitomics, Touch of Life Technologies and LightLabs — are scheduled to move in.

The new wing will add about 40,000 square feet to the 60,000-square-foot home to the FRA and hub of the burgeoning Life Science District. The project is an important step for the district, officials say, because it will provide space for more advanced companies that are ready to take the next step beyond the facilities the building currently offers."

Link to the Aurora Sentinel

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Colorado: Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority Opens New Accelerator in its Life Science District

Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (FRA) officially opens its new $8 million, 37,000 square-foot Accelerator Building today, adjacent to its original Incubator Building at the Bioscience Park Center (BCP) in the Fitzsimons Life Science District.

The announcement is made by Steve VanNurden, FRA President and CEO, who says, "The addition of this Accelerator will offer companies growing in the Incubator an opportunity to expand and continue their expansion nearby."

The FRA's original Incubator Building opened in 2000 and now houses 35 companies in different stages of development. The expansion will enable companies to move into larger, long-term space. The new space includes:

* Built-to-suit spaces with access to incubator services and amenities

* World class resources at your finger tips - university research facilities and major medical centers

* Collaborative environment with complimentary business and networking opportunities

"The Bioscience Park Center is designed to foster a collaborative environment—by having established companies in close proximity to incubator startups—further promoting an essential atmosphere that makes the Fitzsimons Life Science District an important hub in the overall growth of Colorado’s bioscience industry," VanNurden explains. "Companies relocating to the Accelerator include: Mitomics, Touch of Life Technologies, LightLabs and Greffex."

Concurrent with the Accelerator's completion, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) has been retained by the FRA to market its new facility adjacent to the Business Incubator. Speaking on behalf of the national firm, JLL Broker Lindsay Gilbert says, "Colorado's Bioscience Industry is poised for growth, particularly at the research and patient-centric life sciences district at Fitzsimons. Our firm is thrilled to be partnering with Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority at this time of explosive growth for the district."

Link to the PR Web Newswire

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media Release

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Colorado BioScience Association Begins Formal Search Process For President/CEO

The Colorado BioScience Association has formed an ad hoc Search Committee that has begun the process of finding a new President and CEO. A job description and requirements have been posted on the CBSA website and other human resource outlets (

The solicitation will be open until September 15th and the committee will start the interview process soon afterwards. Those interested in this position are asked to submit their application as a PDF containing a cover letter, resume and three professional references to

Holli Riebel resigned from the position last month when she was named chief operating officer of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. April Giles, CBSA executive vice president, is overseeing the association’s day-to-day operations following Riebel’s departure. Steve Orndorff, chairman of the CBSA board and CEO of Ariel Pharmaceuticals, said that Riebel has been a strong asset for the CBSA. "She has accomplished a number of goals and led the organization to many successes," Orndorff said. "I can say unequivocally that CBSA is stronger than ever due to Holli’s effective leadership."

Link to the job description

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Denver Post: 'Tails of the Painted Cats: A purr-fect way to raise money for the Cat Care Society'

Saturday, July 28 was the second Tails of the Painted Cats gala fundraiser, and it was a great success! Thank you to everyone who attended, who bid, and who helped bring the event to fruition!

Read Denver Post Society Editor Joanne Davidson's article here (it was also in the Sunday, August 5th printed edition of the paper):

And visit the Tails of the Painted Cats Facebook Page to see pictures from the event:

See who the lucky winners were for each cat here:

And, last but not least there are videos to check out:

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

MDD: 'Colorado sees steady uptick in device companies since 2001'

Quoting from the July 20th article by Omar Ford:

"Since 2001, the state of Colorado has seen a signifi cant increase in the number of medical device establishments and companies according to the Battelle/Bio State Bioscience Industry Development 2012 report. The 149-page report ranks Colorado in the second tier of Bioscience states and points out that the Centennial state is only one of a handful of states that grew more than 1,000 new jobs in its medical device sector.

The report was released at the BIO International Convention in Boston last month. The project team assembling the information included Battelle (Washington), a nonprofi t independent research and development organization; Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO; Washington) and PMP Public Affairs Consulting (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), an independent consulting firm serving the public and constituent relations needs of bioscience-related companies and associations.

'Colorado has always ranked nationally as one of the top areas for a variety of high level technical type of industries like aerospace, IT, energy and bioscience,' Holli Riebel, [CBSA] president/CEO told Medical Device Daily. 'Oftentimes you get movement back and forth in the workforce between those sectors, so when some of these sectors go through a down cycle they’ve been able to come to another industry cycle.;"

Link to the article pdf

Denver Animal News: 'Painted Cats' raise thousands for Lakewood's Cat Care

Quoting from the posting by John Davidson:

"Organizers are still counting the proceeds, but the Cat Care Society raised thousands of dollars Saturday night at its 'Tails of the Painted Cats' auction and dinner.

The Society is a Lakewood-based non-profit with the mission of improving the quality of life for homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area.

The highlight of this weekend's event at the Lakewood Country Club was the auction of fiberglass cat figures painted in a variety of ways by local artists."

Link to

Link to an overview of the Tails of the Painted Cats winners