Thursday, May 30, 2013

CBSA Commends Boettcher Foundation For Ongoing Commitment To Early-Career Investigators Through Its Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program

 Today, the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees released the names of the eight early-career scientists selected for the fourth class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program. The announcement is made by April Giles, President and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA), who said "Our association commends Boettcher Foundation for its ongoing commitment to this stellar program that assists early-career investigators in our state to continue their important research."

Launched in 2010, the Webb-Waring Biomedical Biomedical Research program fills an unmet need in the state by assisting early-career investigators engaged in biomedical sciences to advance their research. Further, the program honors the tradition of Colorado's Webb and Waring families by investing in science that has the possibility of making significant contributions to human health. Boettcher Foundation is a Titanium Sponsor of the CBSA.

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 & 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.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Berkeley District Merchants Host Painted Cats on Tennyson Street: Month of June, Including First Friday Artwalk June 7th

Cat Care Society’s Tails of the Painted Cats will be found at Tennyson Street businesses (38th Avenue to 46th Avenue) again this year. Hosted by the Berkeley District Merchants Association, Painted Cats will be at these businesses and galleries June 1st -28th, including First Friday Artwalk, June 7th (Link to Map):

ReMax - 3870 Tennyson                  
Betsy the Beautiful
Vincent Van Cat - 1st Friday only

Highlands Dance Studio - 3875 Tennyson
Pablo Picatso

Giggling Green Bean  - 3929 Tennyson

Flesher/Hinton - 3936 Tennyson
Green Eyed Lady

Ooh! Aah! Jewelry  4216 Tennyson
Celeste-Celestial Cat of the Heavens

Mouthfuls -  4224 Tennyson
Barn Cat

Clotheshorse Wendy - 4232 Tennyson

Tyg-Art Wine Bar  - 4267 Tennyson
Lily the Calla-Co Cat

Tennyson Book Bar  4280 Tennyson
Cheshire Cat

Pearl Velo Bike Shop  4301 Tennyson
Sebastian the Steampunk Messenger Cat

Planet Pet  4338 Tennyson
Six Lives

Small Batch Liquors  - 4340 Tennyson Super
Aloha Kitty

Good Art Stuff  - 4383 Tennyson
Pysanky Aloha

Tennyson Pediatric Denistry  - 4383 Tennyson
Puff 'n' Friends

Tenn St Art/Tenn St Coffee - 4418 Tennyson
Frida Kat-lo

Gallery NRC  - 4424 Tennyson

The Mac Garage - 4417 W 43rd Ave
Cat Ballou

Modestea - 4415 W 43rd Ave
Japanese Tea Kitty

Local 46 - 4586 Tennyson
The Weather Cat

Link to Tennyson Map To Find Each Cat (print and bring with you)

Link to the Tails of the Painted Cats Advanced Bidding Site

Thursday, May 23, 2013

NCBR: 'Inviragen’s sale this month likely to boost investor interest in NoCo bioscience firms'

Quoting from the article by Steve Lynn:

"'Fort Collins and Northern Colorado are starting to get some credibility behind the cluster that’s growing there,' said April Giles, chief executive of the Colorado BioScience Association in Denver. 'I think investors are starting to look at that cluster and realize that there’s good momentum and really great opportunity for partnership on the ground.'

Privately held Inviragen, based in Fort Collins with facilities in Madison, Wis., and Singapore, specializes in research and development of vaccines for infectious diseases such as dengue; hand, foot and mouth disease; and chikungunya, a viral disease transmitted by mosquito bites that can cause illness. Established in 2005, the company makes DENVax, a dengue vaccine that is being evaluated in phase 2 clinical trials. It employs about 50 people."

Link to the Northern Colorado Business Report

Coverage: Colorado BioScience Association Applauds Signing of The Colorado Advanced Industries Acceleration Act

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Colorado BioScience Association Applauds signing of The Colorado Advanced Industries Acceleration Act (HB 1001) by Gov. John Hickenlooper

 The Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) applauds the signing of The Colorado Advanced Industries Acceleration Act (HB 1001) by Gov. John Hickenlooper today at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. The announcement is made by CBSA President and CEO April Giles who explains the bill was the first of the session in January 2013 (see photo), sponsored by Senator Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) and President-designate John Morse (D-Colorado Springs).

“We need to build on areas in which we excel. Colorado is poised to grow in high-tech sectors. Our businesses, schools, and labs are already on the global forefront of technology. Investing in them is smart for our overall economy,” Senator Heath said about the legislation.

The Advanced Industries Acceleration Act is designed to grow all the high-tech sectors in Colorado including:

* Advanced manufacturing

* Aerospace

* Bioscience

* Electronics

* Energy and natural resources

* Engineering

* Information technology

This bipartisan legislation creates the Advanced Industries Acceleration Grant program in the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Colorado-based advanced-industry sectors would be eligible for proof-of-concept grants, capped at $150,000; early stage capital and retention grants, capped at $250,000, and infrastructure grants, capped at $500,000. This economic-development grant program builds upon the Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program (BDEGP) created in 2006 by the Colorado General Assembly to grow the bioscience industry in the state.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tonight: the 2013 Tails of the Painted Cats Debut at the Lakewood Arts Council Gallery... Be There!

 For a third year, Painted Cats will again raise funds for Cat Care Society shelter cats and community outreach programs with 'Tails of the Painted Cats.' The tour starts this month at the Lakewood Arts Council Gallery and culminates Saturday, July 20, at the Gala Dinner & Auction at Pinehurst Country Club. Douglas M. Tisdale, Esq. (the Honorable Mayor of Cherry Hills Village), joins the team as Auctioneer, and Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather & News Anchor, again serves as Master of Ceremonies for Cat Care Society’s signature fundraising event.

Tonight (Thursday, May 9th) is the public debut reception for the Painted Cats... 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lakewood Arts Council Gallery, 85 South Union Blvd. Please stop by.

Here’s a schedule of the 2013 Tails of the Painted Cats Summer Tour (mark your calendars and join us):

* May – Lakewood Arts Council Gallery – regular gallery hours
* May 15 – Vincent Van Cat at Wystone’s World Teas, Belmar, Benefit Brew – 5 to 8 p.m.
* June 7 – First Friday Art Walk, 6 – 10 p.m., Tennyson Street Cultural District (area galleries and businesses)
* June - Tennyson Street Cultural District, plus other Metro Denver locations (for example, Broadway Betty will be at PISMO Fine Art Glass in Cherry Creek)
* June 29 – Festival of Felines, Cat Care Society, 5787 W. 6th Avenue, Lakewood – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. * July 11 – Fascination St. Fine Art in Cherry Creek, 315 Detroit St., Wine & Cheese Reception (admission)
* July 20, 5 to 9 p.m. – Pinehurst Country Club - 2013 Gala Dinner & Auction (advance tickets required)

Some of the Painted Cats are standing, and some are sitting, but they are all unique, original decorator pieces created by accomplished area artists.

You can visit the Online Gallery at - or on YouTube at Each painted cat has an opening bid of $300 or $500. This year several of the cats have a “Buy It Now” price if you’re interested in securing your Painted Cat early (note: Buy It Now Cats remain on tour through the July 20th Gala). Advanced online bidding (including Buy It Now) is available at through Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at noon (MDT). Advanced bids can also be placed by calling Suellen Scott, CCS director of development, at 303-239-9680, ext. 19.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Homeward Bound’s Garden in Full Bloom: 'The Novato nonprofit’s gardening program gets a boost from a special fertilizer'

Quoting from the April 29th posting:

"Now, thanks to Tanem, the garden has gained a crucial ally: Bell Aquaculture, the nation's largest yellow perch (Perca flavescens) farm and pioneer in sustainable fish farming operations, is partnering with Bob Tanem's Enterprises to provide Fish Rich Organic Fertilizer to the vegetable garden at Homeward Bound.

Tanem began testing Fish Rich on his own personal garden and at New Beginnings last year after responding to Bell Aquaculture's outreach to gardening writers and program hosts. "I have had very nice results with it,” he said on his radio program.

Norman McCowan, president of Bell Aquaculture, praised Tandem’s efforts. 'I think it's a great thing what you're doing with the New Beginnings ... teaching people how to garden and everything else. We want to continue to partner with you as long as you're doing it - just count on Bell to provide the fertilizer for you.'"

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Friday, May 3, 2013

CBSA Announces New Board Chair, Directors and 2013 Sponsors

 Denver, CO – May 3, 2013 – Derek Cole, President of Investor Relations Advisory Solutions (, was named Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) at its 2013 Annual All-Member meeting held at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, CO, Wednesday. The announcement is made by April Giles, CBSA President and CEO, who says Cole assumes chairperson responsibilities from Steve Orndorff, Ph.D., CEO of Ariel Pharmaceuticals, Broomfield (

In addition at the meeting, special recognition was given to CBSA’s 10-year members in honor of the Association’s 10th anniversary.

Newly appointed CBSA board members include: 

Brenda Fielding, Executive Vice President, Regulatory and Strategic Development, Clinipace
Scott Larson, Senior Vice President, Legal and General Counsel, Terumo BCT
Brett Lund, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Gevo
Bill Marshall, Ph.D., President, CEO, Co-Founder and Director, miRagen
Chris Myatt, Ph.D., Co-Founder and CEO, MBio Diagnostics, Inc.
Bob Reddy, Director of Global Marketing, Medtronic

2013 Corporate Sponsors include: 

Boettcher Foundation –
Colorado State University -
Fisher Scientific -
Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority -
Johnson and Johnson -

Colorado Office of Economic Development and Intl Trade - University of Colorado -
Cooley -
Dorsey and Whitney -
Ernst and Young -

Amgen -
Merck -
Sheridan Ross -
Snell and Wilmer -

EKS and H -
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP -
GlaxoSmithKline -
Polsinelli Shughart -
Terumo BCT -

DaVita Clinical Research - 
Genentech - Pfizer -
SomaLogic -
The Wright Group/Travelers - /

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