Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Absolutely PR's Top Tweets of the Year 2013

#1 – 51 Clicks – Nov 21, 2013 for Bell Aquaculture: Hatchery International: Bell #Aquaculture turns 'Waste into Revenue http://ow.ly/r1YGS #FishFarming #RAS #recirc


#2 – 48 Clicks – Sept 10, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: Medical Device Daily: "A decade of growth in metro Denver’s medical device sector" http://ow.ly/oIDJf #Colorado #MedDevice

#3 – 42 Clicks (in 2013) – posted Dec 10, 2012 for Bell Aquaculture: Vancouver Sun: 'Fish grown in closed containment systems offer big environmental advantages' http://ow.ly/fYUOV

#4 – 38 Clicks – Oct 18, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: Xconomy: 'Clovis Oncology CEO Mahaffy Opens Up About Company’s Turbulent Yr' http://ow.ly/pWTVW #Colorado #Biotech

#5 – 35 Clicks – Sept 3, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: BCBR: 'Encision CEO Perner dies suddenly' http://ow.ly/ox9wA

#6 – 35 Clicks – Jan 21, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: InnovatioNews: CBSA 'Announces Launch of Colorado BioScience Institute' http://ow.ly/h0nCu

#7 – 34 Clicks – July 22, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: BCBR: 'Arca Biopharma raises capital, makes hires' http://ow.ly/ndn3V #Colorado #Biotech #BioPharma

#8 – 34 Clicks – May 9, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: Harvard Magazine: 'Factor That Reverses Aging of Heart Discovered' http://ow.ly/kSrpM #Somalogic #Colorado via @COBioscience

#9 – 33 Clicks – April 22, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: Great Read: New Issue of 'Bioscience Colorado' Magazine w/ updated industry directory http://ow.ly/kjlEh #MedDevice #Biotech

#10 – 32 Clicks – April 12, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: Boulder BioBeers is Back! Twisted Pine Brewery May 8th 6 pm http://ow.ly/k1dLO

#11 – 32 Clicks – Dec 5, 2013 for Kentuckiana Medical Center: Courier-Journal: 'Private Clarksville hospital opens #ER' http://ow.ly/rtPTs #KentuckianaMedicalCenter #Hospitals via @AbsolutelyPR

#12 – 31 Clicks – Dec 6, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: Aurora Sentinel: 'Aurora groups score grants to help move science from research to market' http://ow.ly/rvmkr #Colorado


#13 – 30 Clicks – Mar 4, 2013 for Absolutely Public Relations: Inc: 'The New Rules for Marketing-What works today is the exact opposite of what worked a decade ago.' http://ow.ly/ikhWp

#14 – 30 Clicks – Aug 15, 2013 for Bell Aquaculture: Bell Aquaculture Pres Norman McCowan Receives Indiana Agrivision Award http://ow.ly/nXZW#BestPractice via @BellAquaculture


#15 – 29 Clicks – Feb 19, 2013 for Bell Aquaculture: AAAS Annual Mtg News: 'Can Fish Farms Feed the World?' Bell Aquaculture photo shows RAS technology http://ow.ly/hQSyq

#16 – 28 Clicks – April 18, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: Congratulations to Colorado State's Dr Temple Grandin http://ow.ly/kbINO #CBSAAwards2010 #BioWest

#17 – 27 Clicks – Dec 19, 2013 for Kentuckiana Medical Center: Kentuckiana Med Ctr Opens New ER, Promises 15-Min Or Less Wait Time http://ow.ly/rUffX #Louisville #Hospitals


#18 – 23 Clicks – Dec 23, 2013 for Kentuckiana Medical Center: Louisville Business First: 'New Kentuckiana Medical Center leader talks about priorities' http://ow.ly/s1q5Z #Hospitals #ERWaitTimes

#19 – 22 Clicks – Aug 30, 2013 for Colorado BioScience Association: BCBR: 'Covidien a double champ at IQ Awards' http://ow.ly/oqKWt #Innovation #Colorado #MedDevice via @COBioscience


#20 – 20 Clicks – July 19, 2013 for Absolutely Public Relations: Mashable: 'The Complete Guide to Twitter Lingo' http://ow.ly/n8lJd #Twitter #HowTo

#21 – 16 Clicks – Feb 7, 2013 for Cat Care Society: Feb 28th: 'M-e-o-w...dining for cats in Castle Pines' fundraiser at La Dolce Vita Restaurant http://ow.ly/hwzYG via @CatCareSociety

#22 – 15 Clicks – June 9, 2013 for Cat Care Society: Mile High Mamas: Festival of Felines Is June 29th at Cat Care Society http://ow.ly/lRlzn #Cats #Kittens #FamilyFun via @CatCareSociety

#23 – 15 Clicks – Mar 4, 2013 for Bell Aquaculture: Organic Fish Fertilizer: Fish Rich® 2-2-2 available online now for your Spring Vegetable Garden http://ow.ly/ikmQd via @BellAquaculture

#24 – 14 Clicks – Sept 3, 2013 for Bell Aquaculture: AgriNews: 'Hoosier is honored for commitment to aquaculture' http://ow.ly/ox4va #Indiana #AquacultureHub

#25 – 12 Clicks – Aug 14, 2013 for Bell Aquaculture: Inside INdiana Business: 'Aquaculture on The Rise in Indiana' http://ow.ly/nWbvE 

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2013 Recap: Bell Aquaculture Top Ten Tweets

#1 – 51 Clicks – Nov 21, 2013: Hatchery International: Bell #Aquaculture turns 'Waste into Revenue http://ow.ly/r1YGS #FishFarming #RAS #recirc


#2 – 42 Clicks (in 2013) – posted Dec 10, 2012: Vancouver Sun: 'Fish grown in closed containment systems offer big environmental advantages' http://ow.ly/fYUOV

#3 – 30 Clicks – Aug 15, 2013: Bell Aquaculture Pres Norman McCowan Receives Indiana Agrivision Award http://ow.ly/nXZWi #BestPractice via @BellAquaculture


#4 – 29 Clicks – Feb 19, 2013: AAAS Annual Mtg News: 'Can Fish Farms Feed the World?' Bell Aquaculture photo shows RAS technology http://ow.ly/hQSyq

#5 – 15 Clicks – Mar 4, 2013: Organic Fish Fertilizer: Fish Rich® 2-2-2 available online now for your Spring Vegetable Garden http://ow.ly/ikmQd via @BellAquaculture

#6 – 14 Clicks – Sept 3, 2013: AgriNews: 'Hoosier is honored for commitment to aquaculture' http://ow.ly/ox4va #Indiana #AquacultureHub

#7 – 12 Clicks – Aug 14, 2013: Inside INdiana Business: 'Aquaculture on The Rise in Indiana' http://ow.ly/nWbvE

#8 – 10 Clicks – Sept 23, 2013: The Fish Site: 'Making Land-based Aquaculture more Sustainable' http://ow.ly/p8fJr

#9 – 10 Clicks – Feb 3, 2013: You can order Fish Rich Organic Fertilizer online... now.... http://ow.ly/hnkEp #OrganicFertilizer #OMRIListed via @BellAquaculture

#10 – 9 Clicks – Feb 14, 2013: Bell Aquaculture Named 'Industry of the Year' By Jay County Chamber of Commerce http://ow.ly/hnkEp #YellowPerch #Sustainability

Link to the Bell Aquaculture Twitter

Monday, December 23, 2013

Business First: 'New Kentuckiana Medical Center leader talks about priorities'

Quoting from David Mann's December 19th posting:

"Michael Phillips is settling into the role of CEO of Clarksville-based Kentuckiana Medical Center.

Phillips, co-founder of Wichita, Kan.-based Galichia Hospital Group, recently relocated to Clarksville after Galichia began managing the center for Florida-based Rialto Capital, as Business First recently reported.

In a recent interview, Phillips said administering the company’s recently opened emergency department and growing service lines would be key priorities. Getting a larger group of physicians practicing at the hospital also will be important in the coming year."

Link to Business First

Mann also covered KMC and Galichia Hospital Group's new management role on December 3rd:

"'Like KMC, our group’s Galichia Heart Hospital in Kansas also had its roots in cardiac and surgical care,' Galicha chairman and CEO Dr. Joseph P. Galicha said in a news release. 'Further, our team has had extensive hands-on experience adding an emergency department to the mix at a hospital much like KMC, and proven our ability to successfully reduce patient wait times for those needing emergency care.'

Link to the posting

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Courier-Journal: Kentuckiana Medical Center opens ER, touts short wait times

Quoting from today's posting by Charlie White: "A private hospital in Southern Indiana is now guaranteeing that emergency room patients will be seen in 15 minutes or less...

...A multimillion-dollar expansion is expected to be completed early next year, including adding the final dozen of the originally planned 46 patient rooms, as well as adding telemetry-monitoring devices to some rooms and other new equipment.

Kansas-based Galichia Hospital Group, led by Dr. Joseph Galichia, is managing the hospital for Florida-based owner Rialto."

Link to the Courier-Journal


Kentuckiana Medical Center Opens New Emergency Room (ER), Promising a 15-Minute Or Less Wait Time

Kentuckiana Medical Center (KMC), now managed by the national healthcare development firm Galichia Hospital Group (GHG), has opened its new Emergency Department and offers ER patients a wait time of 15 minutes or less. The announcement is made by GHG’s Chairman & CEO Joseph P. Galichia, M.D., F.A.C.C., who says: “Our group has had extensive hands-on experience running an Emergency Department at a hospital much like KMC, and proven our ability to successfully reduce patient wait times for those needing emergency care. We’re thrilled to now be working in Clarksville, helping improve the delivery of emergency and acute medical services to the community.”

Dr. Galichia says the idea for shrinking ER wait times came from discussions on ways to address common emergency room problems people face everyday across America. "The real tragedy," says Dr. Galichia, "is that often patients don't come to the ER because they think whatever's bothering them isn't worth the trouble or the expense of a check up by a physician, or they fear they will be humiliated for making a fuss over nothing. Therefore people experiencing chest pains think they can ride it and they sometimes end up with a heart attack. We’ve learned that early intervention saves lives in emergent situations.”

 Link to the PR Newswire

Monday, December 16, 2013

Video: CBSA's 7th Annual Medical Device Symposium with Keynote by Congressman Erik Paulsen

Video overview from CBSA's 7th Annual Medical Device Symposium, 'Colorado Loves Device,' held December 9, 2013, at the Westin Westminster. About Colorado's Medical Device Industry: 

• Sixth-largest medical device sector in the nation

• 340 medical device, diagnostic and instruments companies

• Out-paced national growth rate


Federal Briefing Keynote: Congressman Erik Paulsen

http://youtu.be/PkUXwEMxlKk

Q and A: Congressman Erik Paulsen

http://youtu.be/o8ofCggFNJM

Welcome: 7th Annual Medical Device Symposium
http://youtu.be/984JYv5YJAw

Dan Wittenberg: Introduction Congressman Erik Paulsen
http://youtu.be/K6lLu3F09vA 

Next Steps To Repeal: We Need Your Help
http://youtu.be/s_9S1lF4NmY 

Key Things For An Effective Reimbursement Strategy
http://youtu.be/kvu5sDldXJs 

Marketing Your Device To The Hospital System
http://youtu.be/9DELlkASlHI

Dr Ted E Palen: Working With Kaiser
http://youtu.be/2xbtXOEjOGw

Kevin Smith: Moving From Early To Later Stage Funding http://youtu.be/gV_AoYSO8l8 

Mark Lupa: FitBionic's Recent Funding
http://youtu.be/N3ruh2sCYgw 

Lara Lee Hullinghorst: Importance of Government Funding and Resources
http://youtu.be/dX6qBAaLIbI

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Anschutz & Aurora: 'Aurora groups score grants to help move science from research to market'

Quoting from the article by Brandon Johansson:

"Last month, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade announced more than $3 million in grants aimed at helping academic researchers and bioscience companies take research from labs like those at Skaggs to market...

...At CID4, which stands for Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development, the grant totaled more than $1.3 million. The agency helps early stage bioscience companies get their companies off the ground and, according to OEDIT, the money will “support operations and the development and management of life-science discoveries.”

Kevin Smith, CID4’s executive director, said the grant shows that the organization, which now has eight companies in its portfolio, is having success...

...April Giles, president and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association, said that from the industry’s perspective, the grants are hugely important because they can bridge that gap between the research lab and the market place."

Link to the Aurora Sentinel

Courier-Journal: 'Private Clarksville hospital opens ER'

Quoting from this morning's posting: 

"Kentuckiana Medical Center opened its emergency room Sunday for the first time since the Clarksville hospital off U.S. 31 began serving the area in 2009...

...Michael Phillips, the hospital’s new CEO who relocated from Wichita, said Wednesday that completion of a multimillion-dollar expansion is expected early next year, including the final dozen of the originally planned 46 patient rooms, as well as adding telemetry-monitoring devices to some rooms and other new equipment.

Phillips said the hospital also plans on being able to guarantee ER patients that they’ll be seen within 15 minutes, a promise he said his company has fulfilled in Kansas.

The rooms boast lots of natural light and are all private rooms, 'which we find is good for patients,' Phillips said."

Link to Courier-Journal.com

Related posting from January 3, 2014:

"Kentuckiana Medical Center (KMC) in Clarksville, IN, has opened its new state-of-the-art Emergency Department and is offering patients a wait time of 15 minutes or less. Now managed by Wichita-KS based Galichia Hospital Group (GHG), KMC is benefiting from the Group’s past experience successfully making a similar promise to ER patients at Galichia Heart Hospital in Kansas."

Link to International Business

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

News and Tribune: 'Kentuckiana Medical Center under new management'

Quoting from today's posting:

"CLARKSVILLE — Kentuckiana Medical Center is under new management.

Galichia Hospital Group, a national healthcare development firm based in Wichita, Kan. has taken over the Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville, according to an announcement today.

Kentuckiana Medical Center, located off U.S. 31 in Clarksville, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July and a settlement agreement with the hospital’s creditors was reached in November, according to the release. The settlement paved the way for the new management team to take over the facility."

 Link to The News and Tribune

Becker's Hospital Review: 'Galichia Hospital Group Assumes Management of Kentuckiana Medical Center

Quoting from Bob Herman's posting today:

"A physician-led turnaround company based in Wichita, Kan., Galichia Hospital Group, has taken over the management and operations of Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville, Ind.

KMC, a physician-owned hospital, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010. In July, the hospital received approval for its bankruptcy plan, and in November, it reached a settlement agreement with creditors. KMC had gone through several different financing proposals during the past few years."
 
Link to Becker's Hospital Review

Galichia Hospital Group Assumes Management of Kentuckiana Medical Center

Galichia Hospital Group (GHG), a national healthcare development firm, has taken over management of the Kentuckiana Medical Center (KMC), Clarksville, IN. The announcement is made by GHG’s Chairman and CEO Joseph P. Galichia, M.D., F.A.C.C., who says: “Our group’s first order of business is the launch of a new state-of-the-art Emergency Department at the medical center, followed by an increase in patient rooms from 34 to 46, of which 12 will include telemetry-monitoring.”

The Galichia organization has relocated Michael Phillips from its Wichita, Kansas, headquarters to Clarksville to serve as KMC’s CEO and lead the medical center’s expansion efforts going forward. Previously, Mr. Phillips served as the CEO for Galichia Medical Group, a large and growing multi-specialty physician group that provides comprehensive medical services to all of Wichita’s hospitals, and throughout the State of Kansas. Mr. Phillips served as a key member of the team that recently negotiated the sale of Galichia Heart Hospital to HCA, which closed February 2012.

Further, at the request of local physicians, KMC is also installing a large scope of new equipment at the facility.

Dr. Galichia explains: "We asked local physicians what tools they needed at Kentuckiana to provide the best possible care to patients, and we’ve purchased exactly what they requested. We had the physicians speak directly to vendors, so the physicians could offer input at every step of the process.   

“Like KMC, our group’s Galichia Heart Hospital in Kansas also had its roots in cardiac and surgical care. Further, our team has had extensive hands-on experience adding an Emergency Department to the mix at a hospital much like KMC, and proven our ability to successfully reduce patient wait times for those needing emergency care.

To put it simply, the opportunity to provide leadership at Kentuckiana was a fit in many ways for our organization. We’re thrilled to now be part of the Clarksville community.”

GHG’s philosophy is to give physicians the tools they need to provide the highest quality care for their patients. "Our thinking is, who knows better than physicians how to care for patients, so we give them what they need," Dr. Galichia says, “In fact, for those area physicians reading this announcement who are looking for a ‘Physician Centric" environment to care for patients, we encourage them to contact the KMC management team for details regarding privileges at 812-284-6100.

About Kentuckiana Medical Center

KMC employs close to 200 people and is located just off U.S. 31 in Clarksville, IN, which is part of the greater Louisville Metropolitan area. KMC recently received approval (as of July 30, 2013) for its Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization. KMC has been serving the community of Southern Indiana and Kentucky since 2009, while working to overcome significant financial distress during the 2008-2009 recession. Seiller Waterman, LLC, has exclusively represented the interests of KMC throughout the Chapter 11 process and successfully negotiated agreements with all of the affected creditors of the Plan. The successful confirmation of the Plan in July was a critical turning point for KMC and the subsequent release of payment to creditors on November 7, 2013. The settlement agreement will allow KMC, the physicians, and its new management team to move forward. For more information about Kentuckiana Medical Center, visit http://www.kentuckianamedcen.com.

About Galichia Hospital Group

Guided by Dr. Joseph Galichia, GHG’s mission is to provide integrated healthcare systems that provide the highest quality care possible. The Group’s model is to provide efficient, cost-effective health care services that meet the needs of the community while embracing the concept that patient care comes first. This vision is based on Dr. Galichia’s experience providing medical care in many international locales and various healthcare systems. For more information, visit: http://www.galichiahospitalgroup.com.

Link to the PR Newswire














Link to Business First in Louisville, KY







Link to coverage in the Wichita Business Journal

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Jingle Cats and ‘Christmas Cats Auction’ Debut at Santa Paws Festival Dec 6 & 7

Cat Care Society, 5787 W. 6th Avenue, will hold its annual "Santa Paws Festival" on Friday, December 6 (noon to 5), and Saturday, December 7 (9 to 4:30).

Jane Dorsey, Cat Care Society Volunteer Coordinator, says "The Santa Paws Festival is a holiday tradition at our cat shelter in Lakewood, and the time when our dedicated volunteers show off their amazing baking skills and wreath making talents to help raise funds for our cat residents and community outreach programs.

New to the Festival this year are Jingle Cats created by CCS volunteers and the ‘Christmas Cats Auction.’ Saturday will be Family Day, with face painting and tree ornament crafting for children (9:30 to 12:30), The Original Dickens Carolers (11 to Noon), plus cat petting and free popcorn all day.” 


Jingle Cats are debuting at the Santa Paws Festival this year with a total of 75 darling kitty tchotchkes spray painted ‘pearl mist’ and adorned with red ribbon collars and brass bells. Those spending $100 or more at the Festival will get “pick of the litter” for their ‘free gift’ Jingle Cat, regardless of size. The promotion starts at noon on Friday. Note: Supplies are limited, so the Jingle Cat free offer is first come, first served—limit one per person while supply lasts.

View Jingle Cats YouTube slide show: http://youtu.be/maU8LrNhHSk


Christmas Cats Auction – CCS volunteers have amassed a selection of twenty (20) awesome auction prizes for this year’s debut event. Prizes include: a Pandora Bracelet from Trice Jewelers; irresistible collectibles, including a charming Jim Shore figurine; gift cards from Massage Envy, Blissful Nails, Hallmark Gold Crown stores and Swarovski Boutiques; plus more. Christmas Cats Auction tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Winners will be announced at 4:30 on Saturday. Winners need not be present.

View Auction Items YouTube slide show: http://youtu.be/LCUPGLyE6I4
Saturday, Dec 7, is Family Day at Santa Paws Festival: 

* Face Painting and Tree Ornament Crafting for children (9:30 to 12:30)

* The Original Dickens Carolers (11 to Noon)

* Cat petting and free popcorn all day at the shelter

Returning to the Santa Paws Festival are the annual bake sale, this year rebranded as ‘Ellen’s Bakery Shop;’ the ‘Deck The Halls’ Wreath Sale; the gently used cat curio sale, this year rebranded as “Cairo's Bazaar” of Collectible Treasures; Meow Mart shopping for new cat toys and supplies; plus shelter cat petting.

Favorites at ‘Ellen’s Bakery Shop’ are homemade candies, cookies, bar cookies, pies, jams, jellies, boxed cupcakes, Bundt cakes, spiced nuts, and FUDGE—all kinds of fudge. "Our Santa Paws' volunteer bakers are known for their creative and beautiful packaging, and many shoppers use purchases as hostess gifts at holiday parties and potlucks," Dorsey said. "Quite simply it’s the best bake sale in the history of the world—really! Plus, we serve refreshments, including Santa Paw's famous Cathouse Champagne Punch."

Link to the related newswire

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Recirc In Action: 'New technology turns wastes into revenue at Indiana perch farm'

Quoting from the Nov/Dec Hatchery International:
 
"Bell Aquaculture, located at Redkey, in rural Indiana, is the world’s largest producer of yellow perch (Perca flavescens). The company has closed the perch lifecycle in land-based, closed-containment systems, and production is fully vertically integrated. It controls the broodstock, spawning, incubation, fry culture, growout, and year-round harvesting, processing and marketing of value-added fillets."

Link to the full article

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CBSA Commends the State of Colorado For Granting $3.135 Million To Advance Bioscience Research from Bench to Marketplace

Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) commends the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) for awarding $3.135 Million in Commercialization Infrastructure grants under the Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program (BDEGP) last week. April Giles, CBSA President and CEO, says "CBSA appreciates the OEDIT for its ongoing commitment to the state’s bioscience industry through the Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program, which was created in 2006 by the Colorado General Assembly. These key commercialization infrastructure grants funded last week are critical to advancing bioscience research from the bench into the marketplace."

Commercial Infrastructure grantees announced by the OEDIT include:

* The Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4): $1,350,000 
CID4 is managing life science discoveries from Colorado research institutions and Colorado start-ups and early-stage businesses with the goal of creating bioscience jobs in Colorado. Grant funds support operations and the development and management of life-science discoveries. The CID4 has seven early-stage companies under its guidance supporting their operational development and attracting additional investment to meet their needs. Visit: http://cid4.com

* Colorado Center for Drug Discovery (C2D2): $750,000 
Based at Colorado State University, C2D2 is a resource to faculty at Colorado research universities, bringing biology and chemistry faculty together to use chemical libraries, computational resources, bioinformatics, cheminformatics, database support, virtual high throughput screening, and Computer Aided Drug Design to pharmacologically validate drug candidates with patent-protected chemical matter and innovative therapeutics for unmet medical needs. C2D2 supports several inter-institutional projects with funding and resources. Further, C2D2 offers compounds to investigators through its screening library and medicinal chemistry services that are critical in the drug discovery process. Visit: http://c2d2.org

* The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado: $410,248 
The University of Colorado Skagg's School of Pharmacy at Anschutz developed an HTS/HCS (high throughput/content screening) Core Facility for drug discovery. This resource has been utilized by more than 100 researchers and companies advancing the science and helping to secure intellectual property. http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/pharmacy/Pages/SchoolofPharmacy.aspx

* The BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado: $624,752
The BioFrontiers Institute is a state-of-the art research and education facility that links the basic sciences, engineering, clinical practice, and industry at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus to support breakthrough developments in areas such as engineering human tissues, RNA enzyme and aptamer-based pharmaceutical, biorefining, and genetics. Grant funds support equipment, resources and personnel costs to develop the core facilities of the institute. With grant support, the institute has developed one of the largest repositories of shRNAs in the world at the Functional Genomics Facility. Colorado companies partner with the institute to improve their products. Ventria, a Fort Collins based pharma-biologics company, has used mass spectrometry services to detect oxidation in recombinant protein samples manufactures for human terapeutics. OPX Biotechnologies based in Boulder utilizes mass spectrometry to detect levels of intracellular metabolytes in biofuel molecule samples. Longmont-based Avery Brewing Co. has partnered with the Next-Generation DNA Sequencing Facility to develop an early-detection test for yeast cross-contamination to reduce waste and inefficiencies in their production process. Visit: http://biofrontiers.colorado.edu

Link to the PitchEngine social media news release

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Pet Place: 'Pizza, the purrfect food' + 'Pets go with everything'

Quoting from this morning's posting by Susan Clotfelter:

"Beau Jo's Pizza locations in Denver, Arvada, Boulder, Evergreen and Idaho Springs are hosting a "Feasting for Felines" fundraiser for the Cat Care Society in Lakewood on Nov. 20 — 20 percent of your pre-tax sale will go to the shelter for felines. Go to catcaresociety.org to print the flier."

Print and bring to your Beau Jo'server on Wednesday, Nov 20 (11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Metro Denver locations listed): http://www.catcaresociety.org/docs/BeauJosFlyer.pdf

Link to denverpost.com Pet Place


Pets go with everything

Also quoting from the Denver Post. from November 9, by Susan and Vickie Heath:

"For the third year in a row, the Cat Care Society has partnered with Best Friends Animal Society, the megashelter in Kanab, Utah, for the National "Back in Black" pet adoption effort. Based on research from Colorado State University, black pets stay longer in shelters waiting to be adopted, so all black cats will be available on a "Name Your Price" basis from the Cat Care Society in November. Visit the society's website for more details — and Best Friend's site for a list of more participating Colorado shelters and links to their websites; some of them are having adoption specials, as well. catcaresociety.org, bestfriends.org/what-we-do/events/back-in-black" 
  

Monday, November 11, 2013

Video: Boettcher Foundation Pres/ED Introduces 2013 Boettcher Investigators to Bioscience Community


Tim Schultz, President and Executive Director of Boettcher Foundation, introduced the 2013 Class of Boettcher Investigators to the Colorado bioscience community at the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA)Tenth Annual Awards Dinner on November 7 at the Marriott City Center in Denver. Video:

 
http://youtu.be/zLbQJkEdKw4

The 2013 (fourth) Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program includes:

* Dr. Amrut V. Ambardekar, M.D., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Assistant Professor of Medicine — Cardiology, Myocardial Recovery After Ventricular Assist Device Implantation

* Dr. Joseph A. Brzezinski, Ph.D., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Mechanisms of Retinal Development and Disease

* Dr. Soyeon Park, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Molecular Mechanisms of Proteasome Biogenesis

* Dr. Abigail L. Person, Ph.D., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Corollary Discharge Pathways Underlying Schizophrenia Symptoms

* Dr. Michael Strong, Ph.D., National Jewish Health, Assistant Professor of Genes, Environment, and Health, Genomics of Respiratory Disease Associated Pathogens

* Dr. Lucas Argueso, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Assistant Professor of Radiation and Cancer Biology, Gene Copy Number Variation

* Dr. Brad Borlee, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Assistant Professor of Bacteriology, Molecular Regulation of Bacterial Pathogenesis

* Dr. Melissa Krebs, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Controlled Delivery of Therapeutics from Biopolymer Systems

With the addition of the 2013 Class, there are now 22 Boettcher Investigators conducting research in the following Colorado institutions: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, National Jewish Health and Colorado School of Mines. All grant awards are $225,000.

Link to the related May 30th Business Wire

Sunday, November 10, 2013

DBJ: 'Biotech industry honors founders, companies'

Quoting from the November 8th posting by Greg Avery:

"The Colorado BioScience Association has given special awards to industry players who made the most notable acheivements and contributions during the group’s 10-year history."

Link to the Denver Business Journal

CBSA Confers Special Ten-Year Recognition Awards and Announces 2013 Industry Award Winners at Annual Dinner Celebration in Denver

The Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) unveiled winners of its Special Tenth Anniversary Recognition Awards and 2013 Industry Awards at its Annual Awards Dinner, held November 7 at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Denver.

The announcement is made by April Giles, CBSA President and CEO, who says the following special Recognition Awards were conferred in honor of the Association’s Tenth Anniversary:

Founders Award – Colorado State University, Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority and the University of Colorado.

Pioneering Award – Dr. Larry Gold, CEO and Chairman of the board of SomaLogic and Dr. Chris Christoffersen, General Partner and Head of the Life Science Team for Morgenthaler Ventures and General Partner for Lightstone Ventures.

Visionary Award – David Perez, President and CEO of Terumo BCT.

The CBSA also announced the winners of its 2013 industry awards during the ceremonies, which include:

Company of the Year – Clovis Oncology

Rising Star of the Year – Surefire Medical

Business Partner of the Year – Covidien

Educator of the Year – Professor Keith Neeves, Colorado School of Mines

Volunteer of the Year – Dustin Whistler, Principal, Forte Commercial Real Estate & Chair of CBSA Membership Committee

Institute Leadership Award – Benjamin Noe

The dinner began with Timothy Schultz, President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation, presenting the 2013 Class of Boettcher Investigators of the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program, leading into a reflection over the past ten years of the association. The history of the CBSA was highlighted by video vignettes and individual presentations from Dr. Christoffersen, Dr. Gold and Mr. Perez. Steffan Tubbs, Morning Co-Host on 850 KOA News, served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

Link to the Business Wire Release

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media Newswire

Monday, October 28, 2013

Colorado BioScience Association Announces Finalists for 2013 ‘Company of the Year’ and ‘Rising Star’ of the Year Awards

Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) has selected the finalists for the 2013 “Company of the Year” and “Rising Star” Awards, which they will present during the Annual Awards Dinner held on Thursday, November 7, at the Marriott City Center, 1701 California Street, Denver, CO. The announcement is made by April Giles, CBSA President and CEO, who says the finalists selected are companies that have made successful achievements over the past year, showing the promise and breadth of the industry in the state. The winner of each award will be announced during the November 7th event.

Company of the Year Finalists:

This award is designated for an established company that has announced a significant advancement within the year.

Allosource - Centennial - http://www.allosource.org

Clovis Oncology, Inc. - Boulder - http://www.clovisoncology.com

Medtronic Navigation - Louisville - http://www.medtronic.com

Rising Star of the Year Finalists:

This award is designated for an emerging company that has announced an achievement within the year. 

AmideBio - Boulder - http://www.amidebio.com

BaroFold - Aurora - http://www.barofold.com

Surefire Medical Inc. - Westminster - http://www.surefiremedical.com

VetDC - Fort Collins - http://vet-dc.com

The 2013 Awards Dinner is particularly special this year as it is the 10 Year Anniversary of the CBSA, where attendees will be able to reminisce over the history of the industry and see the promise of what the future holds. Link to register.

Link to the Business Wire Release

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media Newswire

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Feasting for Felines: Oct 23 at Bruno's Italian Bistro, 4 to 10 p.m.

Support Cat Care Society On Wednesday, October 23 - 4 pm to 10 pm - at Bruno's Italian Bistro, 2223 South Monaco Parkway in Denver for Feasting For Felines. 

Please print this flyer and present to your server for a 20% donation to Cat Care Society per check. Note: this is not to be combined with any other offers or discounts. 

Reservations are by phone only at 303-759-7025

For more information visit: www.MyBrunos.com


The Colorado BioScience Association Celebrates Ten Years At November 7th Event

Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) will be celebrating its 10th anniversary at the Annual Awards Dinner, Thursday, November 7, 2013, 5:30 to 9:00 pm, at the Denver Marriott City Center. The announcement is made by April Giles, President and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) who says, “Over the past 10 years the Association has grown from a small startup enterprise to a mature and successful organization. This is our night to celebrate and honor our community.”

Three key leaders who have made significant contributions to the industry and community in Colorado will be sharing their memories, insight and vision.

* Larry Gold, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, SomaLogic, and Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder
* Chris Christoffersen, Ph.D., General Partner, Lightstone Ventures & Partner, Morgenthaler Ventures
* David Perez, President and Chief Executive Officer, Terumo BCT, Chairman, Blood Management Business Division, Terumo Corporation

This year’s event will feature three very special honors given only for the 10th anniversary, including the Pioneering Award, Founders Award and Visionary Award. The awardees will be announced on stage by emcee Steffan Tubbs, Morning Co-Host on 850 KOA News.

* The Pioneering Award will be given to individuals who have led the bioscience industry in Colorado from the ground up. These leaders have made significant contributions to the industry and the community as a whole.

* The Founders Award will be given to organizations that have shaped CBSA over the past 10 years. Through their leadership and support CBSA has been able to succeed and serve the industry.

* The Visionary Award will be given to one bioscience leader who looks ahead and continues to build the bioscience industry in the future.

The evening will also honor the 2013 Class of Boettcher Investigators of the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program, plus the outstanding annual company and individual awards.

Link to the Business Wire release

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media newswire

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Conservation Fund: 'Putting Yellow Perch Back On The Menu'

Quoting from The Conservation Fund's October 8th Common Ground Newsletter:

"While the Indiana Soybean Alliance worked with Bell Aquaculture to develop soy-based feed for farm-raised Bell Perch®, our Freshwater Institute developed a land-based, closed fish farming system that uses just a small amount of water, requires no antibiotics and captures water waste to fertilize soybean fields. It’s a winning solution that offers economic and conservation benefits, while putting yellow perch back on the menu for fish lovers across the region."

Link to TCF Common Ground

Link to the full article 'Sustainable Fish Success In Indiana'

Also read "Face Of This Place: Norman McCowan, President Of Bell Aquaculture In Indiana"

Quoting from the interview with Bell Aquaculture President Norman McCowan:

"You run one of the most successful aquaculture companies in the nation, how did you get interested in aquaculture?

In the mid-80’s, I raised bait fish. This was my hobby and passion; I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was aquaculture. Learning the water chemistry and fish husbandry in an effort to keep bait fish alive so that I could trout line Indiana’s Wabash River was my first step into aquaculture. At this point I was working in the automotive industry where I really learned about efficiency. I was approached for some consulting work for Bell Aquaculture because I knew about fish husbandry and eventually was hired on full time. My drive to push efficiency into the business and my passion to expand aquaculture is ultimately what led me to be named as president and COO in 2010."

Monday, September 23, 2013

'Making Land-based Aquaculture more Sustainable'

Quoting from The Fish Site today:

"Earlier this month, an International symposium brought together people from 15 countries to discuss how to improve land-based aquaculture, including its performance, sustainability, and cost of raising salmon and other fish...

...'For the first time this industry is seeing a technology that is scalable and gets a return on investment,' said Norman McCowan, President, Bell Aquaculture. The Freshwater Institute designed a closed-containment system for Bell to raise its signature perch on land that conserves water, reduces fertilizer use and provides chemical- and pesticide-free healthy fish for human consumption."

Link to The Fish Site

Video First Look: 2013 Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference

Clovis Oncology CEO Pat Mahaffy: 'We're In A Good Cycle Now'
http://youtu.be/staaQJiKQOI

Array BioPharma CEO Ron Squarer: 'Advantages of Colorado'
http://youtu.be/DQHF0GXEvm8

Jeff Calcagno, MD, with J&J Development Corp: 'I'll Tell You What We're Looking For'

http://youtu.be/zoZcoJaAEsQ

A video selection of the thirty regional presenting companies:

Ventria Bioscience, Fort Collins, CO: http://youtu.be/TH9piHw6OVw
AmideBio, Louisville, CO: http://youtu.be/KzxEK4b81rk
Renaptys Vaccines, Aurora, CO: http://youtu.be/If9tda2AD_Q
Sinopsys Surgical, Boulder, CO: http://youtu.be/9MQIl5BiRqI
FitBionic, Boulder, CO: http://youtu.be/vIuWVZPdtB0
Xenograft, Missoula, MT: http://youtu.be/jndn0pk1gPw
Wasatch Microfluidics, Salt Lake City, UT: http://youtu.be/-6QQGzmRuU8
Neuro Assessment Systems, Littleton, CO: http://youtu.be/3oC8a_LdAF4
NASSEO, Peoria, AZ: http://youtu.be/rx4WcCJ9HXY

CBSA Pres/CEO April Giles - Thanks to the RMLIPC Regional Sponsoring Organizations

http://youtu.be/_UNh2aDFKs8

Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority Pres/CEO Steve VanNurden Welcoming Remarks RMLIPC Opening Reception

http://youtu.be/KhW6vgfLsZI

Link to the conference webpage

Friday, September 20, 2013

CBSA partners with two of the State’s Economic Development Entities to Promote Colorado’s Strengths at AdvaMed 2013  

Representatives from the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA), the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation will showcase Colorado’s medical device and diagnostic sectors during 'AdvaMed 2013: The MedTech Conference,' September 23-25, in Washington, D.C. The announcement is made by April Giles, CBSA President and CEO, who says more than 1,000 industry experts and thought leaders will participate in over 40 educational panels and executive workshops during the event, including the following CBSA members:

Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, http://www.metrodenver.org
Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance,
http://www.coloradospringsbusinessalliance.com
Baxter International Inc., http://www.baxter.com  
Cardinal Health, http://www.cardinal.com
CEA Medical Manufacturing,
http://www.ceatechnologies.com
Covidien,
http://www.covidien.com
C. R. Bard, Inc.,
http://www.bardmedical.com  
Johnson & Johnson, http://www.jnj.com               
MBio Diagnostics, Inc., http://www.mbiodx.com
Silicon Valley Bank, http://www.svb.com               
Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE), http://www.sopenet.org
St. Renatus, LLC, http://www.st-renatus.com       
Terumo BCT, http://www.terumobct.com             
The Conafay Group, http://www.conafaygroup.com          

“This will be the CBSA’s seventh year participating in the AdvaMed Conference and each year the potential connections and opportunity to showcase Colorado’s medical device and diagnostic industries becomes even more abundant,” said Giles. “Over the last five years Colorado technology and companies have received over $600 million in investment capital and the life science community is garnering national attraction for its continued success. We also continue to be ranked as the 6th largest medical device cluster in the nation with over 340 medical device, diagnostic and instruments companies. Colorado is positioned as a leader in this sector and this conference provides us an opportunity to promote the state.”

Link to the Business Wire Release

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media Release

Coverage: CBSA's Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference 2013

Quoting: "The vetted companies came from Colorado, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Montana with hopes of attracting investment to move their products – focused on cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, Lyme disease, wound repair and a host of other bioscience challenges – toward commercialization and profitability.

The day-long conference kicked off with a breakfast keynote “fireside chat” featuring Kyle Lefkoff, founder of Boulder Ventures, moderating a discussion with the leaders of two of Colorado’s premier publicly traded life science companies – Patrick Mahaffy, CEO and co-founder of Clovis Oncology and Ron Squarer, CEO of Array BioPharma, who shared their views on the state of Colorado’s bioscience industry"

Link to the posting

Quoting: "Executives of two Boulder-based biopharmaceutical companies said Thursday that early-stage pharma business in Colorado is hampered by the lack of a stable core that can be built around. Speaking at the Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference at the Ritz-Carlton, the two said they do their best in an environment that can be at once frustrating and invigorating."

Link to the posting

Monday, September 16, 2013

30+ Life Science Investors & Strategic Partners Convene In Denver This Week For 2013 Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor & Partnering Conference

More than thirty of the industry’s leading investors and strategic partners will attend presentations by the region’s most innovative life science companies at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference (RMLIPC), September 18-19 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Denver.

The announcement is made by April Giles, President & CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) who says, “Leading biotech, medical device, diagnostic and pharmaceutical investors from across the country will be coming to Denver to connect and invest in the regions emerging life science companies. Each company will make a 10-minute presentation to an audience of their peers, investors and partners, followed by a 5-minute period of questions—this type of high-pressure pitching is typical in vying for highly coveted VC funding.”

“The RMLIPC really showcases the best companies from the region and provides investors an opportunity to evaluate these fresh investment opportunities and meet one-on-one with their founders and executive team,” said Giles. “It’s important to note, the Rocky Mountain region is a key player in the life science industry. There has been over $1 billion in investment in the region over the past five years.”

The following investors and strategic partners will be attending RMLIPC 2013: 

Amgen Ventures, Thousand Oaks, CA - http://www.amgen.com/partners/amgen_ventures
Aphelion Capital, Mill Valley, CA - http://www.aphelioncapital.net  
Bay City Capital, San Francisco, CA - http://www.baycitycapital.com
BioGenerator, St. Louis, MO - http://www.biogenerator.org  
Boulder Ventures, Boulder, CO - http://www.boulderventures.com  
Charter Life Sciences, Santa Clara, CA - http://www.charterls.com  
Covidien, Mansfield, MA - http://www.covidien.com
Epic Ventures, Albuquerque, NM - http://www.epicvc.com
GE Healthcare Financial Services, Chicago, IL - http://www.gehealthcarefinance.com
Goodworks Ventures, MT - http://www.goodworksventures.com
High Country Venture, Boulder, CO - http://highcountryventure.com  
Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, New Brunswick, NJ - http://www.jjdevcorp.com  
KMG Capital Partners, Denver CO
Level 5 Partners, Fort Collins, CO - http://l5partners.com  
Lightstone Ventures, Boulder, CO - http://lightstonevc.com  
Mercury Fund, Houston, TX - http://www.mercuryfund.com  
Mile High Fund, Denver, CO - http://www.comilehighfund.com  
Morgenthaler Ventures, Menlo Park, CA  - http://www.morgenthaler.com  
New Enterprise Associates, Menlo Park, CA - http://www.nea.com  
Novartis Venture Funds, Cambridge, MA - http://www.venturefund.novartis.com  
Red Script Ventures, New Brunswick, NJ - http://www.jjdevcorp.com
Remeditex, Dallas, TX - http://remeditex.com  
Salt Lake Life Science Angels, Salt Lake City, UT - http://www.sllsa.com 
Sanderling Ventures, San Mateo, CA - http://www.sanderling.com  
Signal Peak Ventures, Salt Lake City, UT - http://signalpeakvc.com     
Silicon Valley Bank, Broomfield, CO - http://www.svb.com
Split Rock Partners, Menlo Park, CA - http://www.splitrock.com  
SR One, Corporate VC Arm of GlaxoSmithKline, San Francisco, CA - http://www.srone.com
Volcano Capital, New York, NY - http://www.volcanocap.com  
Wayne Brown Institute, Salt Lake City, UT - http://www.waynebrowninstitute.org  

Wexford Capital LP, Greenwich, CT - http://www.wexford.com  

About the Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor & Partnering Conference 

The 2013 Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor & Partnering Conference – spearheaded by the Colorado BioScience Association in collaboration with associations in Arizona, Montana, New Mexico and Utah — will open with a reception at the Colorado Governor’s Mansion September 18th and follow with a full day of company pitch presentations September 19th. The keynote breakfast will include Kyle Lefkoff, founder and General Partner of Boulder Ventures, leading a conversation with the CEOs of Colorado's two premier publicly-traded pharmaceutical companies-Patrick Mahaffy, Founder and CEO of Clovis Oncology and Ron Squarer, CEO of Array BioPharma. The keynote lunch titled “New Approaches to Healthcare Innovation” will be a presentation from Jeff Calcagno, M.D., Venture Investments with Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation. For more information and registration details, visit http://www.RockyMtnBioInvest.com.

On Twitter, please use the hashtag #RockyMtnBioInvest for your tweets.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Lakeside Views: 'Aquaculture industry continues to grow in the Midwest'

Quoting from the 9/12 posting:

"IISG staff will have the opportunity to see aquaculture in action next week while touring the Bell Aquaculture facility in Albany, IN. IISG's Kwamena Quagrainie has been studying and providing expert advice to aquaculture operations in the Midwest and worldwide for many years, and will be giving the staff more information on how the facility provides millions of pounds of sustainably grown fish to the market each year."

Link to the posting

Link to the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Aquaculture webpage

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CompanyWeek: 'Attracting Capital Is Key for Start-Up Bioscience Companies'

Quoting from today's CompanyWeek, column by Colorado BioScience Association President/CEO April Giles:

"Every other year the Colorado Bioscience Association, in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, brings investors and funding partners to our home turf with the Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference (RMLIPC). We work hard to vet 30 fantastic presenting companies and intrigue 50 out of state investors – angel, VC, venture funds and business development arms to strategic partners – to Colorado to look at an undermined, yet highly valuable bioscience community."

Link to CompanyWeek

Monday, September 9, 2013

Medical Device Daily: "A decade of growth in metro Denver’s medical device sector"

Quoting from today's profile in Medical Device Daily by Jeffrey Berg:

"The medical device sector in Metro Denver region has experienced dramatic growth over the past decade, including 16% growth during the years of recession, 2001-2010. This growth followed a report issued in March 2003 by the Governor’s office entitled 'Colorado’s Place in the Sun: A Bioscience Future, An Action plan to Grow Colorado’s Bioscience Cluster.' Metro Denver currently ranks as the sixth largest cluster of medical device companies in the U.S. Over the past five years, the region has seen more growth in device companies than biotech or pharmaceuticals."

Link to CBSA News

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Leading CEOs Keynote 2013 Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference in Denver

The 2013 Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference keynote breakfast will include Kyle Lefkoff, founder and General Partner of Boulder Ventures, leading a conversation with the CEOs of Colorado's two premier publicly-traded pharmaceutical companies – Patrick Mahaffy, Founder and CEO of Clovis Oncology and Ron Squarer, CEO of Array BioPharma. The announcement is made by April Giles, President and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) who says the regional conference will also feature a keynote luncheon presentation by Jeff Calcagno, M.D., Principal, Venture Investments, Johnson and Johnson Development Corporation.

Lefkoff, one of the region’s leading venture capitalists and a member of the conference steering committee since 2009, says: “Clovis Oncology and Array BioPharma have been incredibly successful reaching both funding and developmental milestones. This is a great opportunity to hear first-hand from their leadership how they have achieved this success and what they look forward to in the future.”

Link to the Business Wire release

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media Release

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

AgriNews: 'Hoosier is honored for commitment to aquaculture'

Quoting from today's posting by Ashley Bechman:

"The only thing fishy about this year’s Indiana Agrivision Award recipient is his passion for aquaculture and growing it into a billion-dollar industry.

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann presented Norman McCowan, president and chief executive officer of Bell Aquaculture in Redkey, with the Indiana Agrivision Award, which is given to a Hoosier involved in agriculture for their demonstration, vision, innovation and leadership in the industry...

...McCowan, who was nominated for the award by his peers in the agriculture community, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Indiana Soybean Alliance, noted that his love for fish stems from his childhood days when he would catch minnows and figure out the water and the temperature in which the fish thrived. Today, that boyhood hobby has turned into something much bigger as McCowan now oversees all of the work that goes into producing Bell Aquaculture’s farm-raised yellow perch."

Link to AgriNews

Friday, August 23, 2013

Viewpoint from OEDIT's Ken Lund: 'Building more investors is vital to Colorado’s economy'

Quoting from today's posting in the Denver Business Journal:

"Since January 2011, we’ve created 97,000 jobs and now have 2.4 million jobs in the state — prerecession levels. And we have the fourth-fastest job growth in the nation. We are continuing to successfully woo a number of industries and we’re enhancing our advanced industries with a 10-year, $150 million investment.

We are just missing one key piece of the economic pie: investors. Venture-capital investment is critical to the growth of successful startup companies...

...We’re working on creating more funding opportunities. OEDIT, in partnership with the Colorado BioScience Association and Johnson & Johnson Development Corp., established the Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference (RMLIPC) in 2009. Celebrating the third biennial conference on Sept. 19, RMLIPC will bring together more than 50 investors to Denver to showcase 30 regional startup companies in the biotech, diagnostic, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. The Rockies Venture Club, along with the Impact Angel Group, are working their connections with local angel investors and entrepreneurs."

Link to the OpEd piece authored by Ken Lund


About Ken Lund: Ken joined Gov. Hickenlooper as Chief Legal Counsel before taking the helm at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade in August 2011. Ken is focused on driving the state's economic recovery, ensuring that Colorado is the most pro-business state in the country and that Colorado remains competitive in the global marketplace.