Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Denver PR News and Information: Top Blog Posts of 2014 Achieve 3,988 Page Views for Absolutely PR Client News

Absolutely PR's Denver PR News and Information reports the following top local client blog posts in 2014:

# 1 - TechFlash: 'Colorado bioscience organization searches for new leadership' for The Colorado Institute for Drug Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4) – 11/24/14 – 365 Page Views

# 2 - Media Coverage: 'Kevin M. Smith to Retire as President & CEO of CID4; Search Committee Formed to Hire Smith’s Successor' for The Colorado Institute for Drug Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4) – 11/25/14 – 325 Page Views

# 3 - InnovatioNews: 'Kevin Smith to retire from leadership of Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development on Dec. 31' for The Colorado Institute for Drug Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4) – 11/24/14 – 249 Page Views

# 4 - DeviceSpace: 'Kevin M. Smith To Retire As President & CEO Of The Colorado Institute For Drug, Device And Diagnostic Development; Search Committee Formed To Hire Smith’s Successor' for The Colorado Institute for Drug Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4) – 11/24/14 – 235 Page Views

# 5 - Well-known Life Science Executive Kevin M. Smith to Retire as President/CEO of Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development; Search Committee Formed to Hire Smith’s Successor for The Colorado Institute for Drug Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4) – 11/24/14 – 234 Page Views

# 6 - Video Highlights: 2014 CBSA Awards Dinner for Colorado BioScience Association – 11/14/14 – 230  Page Views

# 7 - In The News: 'Dan Ritchie joins Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority board' for Colorado BioScience Association and Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority – 12/14/14 – 221 Page Views

# 8 - Headed to the Cherry Creek Arts Fest? Stop in PISMO and Say Hi to Red Hot Ruby for 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats and Cat Care Society – 7/3/14 – 193 Page Views

# 9 - Xconomy: Colorado Bioscience "Companies Take a Bow" for Colorado BioScience Association – 11/13/14 – 185 Page Views

# 10 - BioWest 2014 on Wed Sept 10: Expo Returns + Conference Welcomes FDA Commissioner Hamburg as Lead Keynote for BioWest 2014 and Colorado BioScience Association – 9/2/14 – 175 Page Views

# 11 - InnovatioNews: 'Three finalists selected for 2014 CBSA BioWest Venture Showcase pitch competition Sept. 10' for Colorado BioScience Association – 8/21/14 – 172 Page Views

# 12 - DrBicuspid: 'Sapphire Technology gets funding for filling instruments' for Sapphire Technology, The Colorado Institute for Drug Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4) – 10/10/14 - 166 Page Views

# 13 - Beau Jo's Hosts Last Feasting for Felines of 2014 - Nov. 19 - five locations! For Cat Care Society – 11/11/14 – 165 Page Views

# 14 - Artists Call for Entry: Tails of the Painted Cats 2015 for 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats and Cat Care Society – 9/5/14 – 159 Page Views

# 15 - Pharmiweb: 'Colorado Institute for Drug Device and Diagnostic Development Awards Funding & Management Assistance to Sapphire Technology' for Sapphire Technology and The Colorado Institute for Drug Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4) – 10/15/14 – 154 Page Views

# 16 - Denver Post: "Tails of the Painted Cats comes together purr-fectly for Cat Care Society" for 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats and Cat Care Society – 8/6/14 – 153 Page Views

# 17 - Tails of Painted Cats Tower of Wine Is Back in the Silent Auction This Weekend for 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats and Cat Care Society – 7/21/14 – 153 Page Views

# 18 - Coverage overview: CBSA's 2014 Colorado Bioscience Industry Awards for Colorado BioScience Association – 11/14/14 – 146 Page Views

# 19 - CBSA Partners with PrIME Health Collaborative to Offer a BioWest 2014 Pre-Event for Colorado BioScience Association – 8/20/14 – 146 Page Views

# 20 - Sept 10: BioWest Includes State's Top BioScience CEOs + FDA Commissioner Hamburg as Lead Keynote for BioWest 2014 and Colorado BioScience Association - 8/28/14 – 142 Page Views

Year End Review: @COBioScience Top Ten Tweets of 2014 (based on Hootsuite click through data)

#1 22-Apr-14     
235 Clicks            
Denver Post: 'Boettcher Foundation awards $825,000 to CSU, CU Boulder and others' http://ow.ly/w3iQ8 @BoettcherFdn

#2 15-Jul-14       
63 Clicks              
DBJ: Med devices drive Colorado bioscience industry http://ow.ly/zc6Rz @GregAveryDenBiz #Colorado #MedDevice
#3 26-Jun-14     
43 Clicks
CBSA Applauds Colorado Companies to Watch for Honoring Five Local Bioscience Companies http://ow.ly/yuo4z #CCTW

#4 24-Jul-14       
37 Clicks              
DBJ: '5 #Colorado cities among Forbes' 30 best places for business' #Denver #BusinessFriendly http://ow.ly/zy4yA @MHardenDenBiz

#5 29-May-14   
30 Clicks              
#Colorado Gov Hickenlooper signs HB 14-1012, Advanced Industry Investor Tax Credit Program http://ow.ly/xpm8u @HickenlooperNow

#6 7-Jul-14         
28 Clicks              
New #Colorado Bioscience Company #Directory http://ow.ly/yS5K4 #AKeeper #File #NewMagazine

#7 1-Jul-14         
24 Clicks              
#Colorado: Advanced Industry Accelerator Program Announces Close to $2 Million in Grants  http://ow.ly/yESjC @ColoradoEcoDevo

#8 17-Sep-14     
24 Clicks              
Three #Colorado Companies Present at Inaugural White Hat Life Sci Investor Conference in Phoenix http://ow.ly/BCaKE

#9 27-Jan-14      
23 Clicks              
Denver Post: 'Beer science: Avery Brewing pairs with CU biotech lab to improve quality control' http://ow.ly/t0IF7  @BioFrontiers

#10 6-Aug-14    
22 Clicks              

Curious about #Colorado’s Sharklet? CompanyWeek Profiles This Week: http://ow.ly/A2eFI  #MedDevice #InfectionControl

Coverage: 'CBSA Names Primavera Group as PR rep following retirement of Absolutely PR's Maggie Holben'

Quoting from today's posting:

"The Primavera Group will assume media relations and strategic public relations for the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) following the departure of Absolutely Public Relations in that role due to the retirement of Maggie Holben, Absolutely PR’s owner...

...'We’re thrilled to welcome Sarah and her associates at the Primavera Group to our CBSA team,' said April Giles, CBSA president and CEO...

...Holben said she is only “semi-retiring” from the PR business and will keep Absolutely PR open but will take on fewer projects to allow for more time for family and travel."

Link to InnovatioNews

More coverage:

Link to BioSpace

Link to GotNewsWire

Monday, December 29, 2014

Aurora Sentinel: CID4 'bioscience boss in Aurora stepping down'

Quoting from this morning's posting by Quincy Snowdon:

"The leader of the Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development is stepping down at the end of 2014.

After helping to launch the life science-focused nonprofit in 2009, Kevin Smith, CEO of CID4, is retiring from his post as a part of a planned retirement.

'I’ve invested about seven years of my life into this project and I’m really proud of where we are,' Smith said. 'I’m indebted to the all of the people involved.'

Smith cited wanting to spend more time with his family and the end of the organization’s first five-year plan as the central reasons for his resignation."

Link to the Aurora Sentinel

Kevin Smith, president and CEO of the Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development, poses at his office Aug. 29, 2011, near the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. (Heather L. Smith/Aurora Sentinel)

Colorado BioScience Association Names Primavera Group to Succeed Absolutely PR as Media Relations & Strategic Public Relations Consulting Firm

The Primavera Group will assume the media relations and strategic public relations contract for the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) beginning January 5, 2015. The announcement is made by CBSA President and CEO April Giles, who says, "We’re thrilled to welcome Sarah and her associates at the Primavera Group to our CBSA team. They will be taking over from Absolutely PR’s Owner/Principal Maggie Holben who is retiring as CBSA's PR Consultant after more than ten years of service to the organization as a board member, contract PR resource and volunteer. In 2006, Absolutely PR was named CBSA Partner of the Year during the annual Awards Dinner. While we will miss Maggie, we are excited for all that will unfold under Sarah and her team’s direction going forward.”

Primavera Group is a Colorado-based brand development and integrated strategic marketing communications company that serves clients in technology, communications, business consulting and other growth industries. The team develops high-impact strategies, innovative solutions and persuasive content to communicate clients’ stories and compel audiences to action. Their client list spans established Fortune 50 companies to promising start ups.

“Our clients turn to us for crisp thinking, quick execution and our senior-level expertise. We believe the proof is in our performance, and we are proud of our 100% repeat engagement track record. We’re the firm that our clients count on time and again to generate results. In turn, our Primavera team looks forward to representing Colorado’s thriving Bioscience Industry,” Eder said.

In the bioscience space, Primavera has worked with CBSA member company, Sharklet Technologies, for the past seven years, achieving key media placements internationally, nationally and locally for the Colorado-based medical technology company. Most notably Primavera has placed Sharklet on a PBS Nova segment, CBS News Sunday Morning, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Wired, Discover Magazine, Inc Magazine, Popular Science, FierceBiotech, European Medical Device Manufacturer, the Discovery Channel and, the Jeopardy game show where Sharklet was included as a featured answer. For more information, visit http://sharklet.com/about-us/in-the-news and www.theprimaveragroup.com.

“I’ve worked with Sarah over the years and I’m simply thrilled to be able to pass CBSA’s PR baton to her and her team. I’m confident Sarah’s business and PR acumen is exactly what CBSA needs to take our organization to the next level in its awareness growth curve. While I’m retiring as CBSA’s PR consultant, I’m only semi-retiring from the PR business. I’ll continue to keep my Absolutely PR consulting firm open in the future, but will be taking on projects of a lesser scope than the CBSA contract to allow for more travel and time with my family,” Holben explains. For more information, visit: http://www.absolutelypr.com.

Link to the PR.com release posting

Link to the PitchEngine social media release

Monday, December 22, 2014

2014: Colorado's Major Bioscience Fundings + M&A Activity

Colorado attained a number of key financings, acquisitions and expansions in its bioscience industry during 2014. April Giles, President and CEO of the Colorado BioScience Association says: "We’ve seen a number of exciting deals come to fruition in our Colorado bioscience community during 2014, which strengthens our state’s position as a national industry leader. We’re thrilled that CBSA has continued to play a significant role in promoting Colorado as a dynamic region for bioscience innovation and investment.”

Highlighted Financings and Acquisitions in 2014 Include: 

* Terumo BCT broke ground on a 120,000-square-foot global headquarters building – April 1, 2014 Terumo BCT is building a 120,000-square-foot Global Headquarters building on its Lakewood campus. In 2015, when the building opens, Terumo BCT will occupy 90,000 square feet, leaving the additional space available for future growth and development. When complete, it will accommodate an estimated 400 associates. http://coloradocommunitymedia.com/stories/A-global-home,151084

* BioScience Park Center 2 groundbreaking adding 112,000 square foot building – April 4, 2014 The Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (FRA) and CU's Bioengineering program, design a multipurpose building for education, research and clinical care, with an added entrepreneurial element of private biosciences companies. Bioengineering students will have classes on the first two floors of the four-story building, and from there, the students will move up a floor and practice what they have learned and then move up again to begin their own commercial bioscience company on the top floor. http://www.ucdenver.edu/about/newsroom/newsreleases/Pages/Bioscience-2-groundbreaking-April-2014.aspx

* Spectranetics acquires California based AngioScore Inc. for $230 million in cash – June 30, 2014 Colorado Springs based Spectranetics Corporation (Nasdaq:SPNC) announced that it completed the acquisition of AngioScore Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of cardiovascular, specialty balloons, for $230 million in cash, along with additional contingent commercial and regulatory milestone payments. http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2014/05/27/639682/10083292/en/Spectranetics-Announces-Agreement-to-Acquire-AngioScore-Inc.html

* Covidien to be acquired by Medtronic for $42.9B – June 16, 2014 Medtronic announced it will pay $42.9 billion in cash and stock to acquire Covidien and its medical-device lines in a deal expected to close in the fourth quarter or early 2015. Medtronic in Lousiville, and Covidien in Boulder, combined have over 2000 jobs in Colorado. http://www.massdevice.com/news/blockbuster-medtronic-43b-deal-acquire-covidien

* Clovis Oncology to offer $200M in convertible senior notes in private placement to investors – Sept 3, 2014 Boulder based Clovis Oncology Inc. announced it intended to offer $200 million aggregate principal amount of its convertible senior notes due 2021 in a private placement to qualified international buyers. http://innovationews.com/science/bioscience/clovis-oncology-to-offer-200m-in-convertible-senior-notes-in-private-placement-to-foreign-investors

* InDevR Wins $14.7M Barda Contract for Cutting-Edge Influenza Diagnostic – September 15, 2014 Boulder based InDevR announced that it signed a contract with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to complete product development of their unique influenza diagnostic, FluChip-8G, which is capable of rapidly genotyping influenza viruses directly from clinical samples. http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/-1947252.htm

* SomaLogic announces Novartis agreement extension, equity investment – October 20, 2014 Boulder based SomaLogic, Inc. announced that Novartis has extended its multi-year research agreement for the development and application of SomaLogic’s unique proteomics technology to Novartis’ drug discovery and development efforts. Novartis will also take an equity position in SomaLogic under the agreement extension. http://www.somalogic.com/Resources/News-Events/News/2014/SomaLogic-announces-Novartis-agreement-extension,.aspx

* N30 Pharmaceuticals Secures $30 Million in Oversubscribed Crossover Financing – November 19, 2014 Boulder based N30 Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“N30 Pharma”), a clinical stage, biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapies for cystic fibrosis (CF), has raised $30 million in a mezzanine round of financing. Proceeds from the financing will primarily be used to advance the Company’s clinical trial program. New investors include Wellington Management, RA Capital Management, LLC, Jennison Associates LLC (on behalf of certain clients), Rock Springs Capital Management LP, and Sabby Management, LLC, who joined existing investor, Deerfield Management Company. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/n30-pharmaceuticals-secures-30-million-in-oversubscribed-crossover-financing-283193921.html

Link to the Business Wire release

Link to the Pitch Engine social media newswire