Saturday, January 3, 2015

Briefcase: 'Bioscience prizes awarded'

Quoting from the Dec 5, 2014, column:

"The Colorado BioScience Association named AlloSource of Centennial its BioScience Company of the Year, and Boulder-based ViroCyt winner of the Rising Star award. Richard Duke, founder of the Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development — and who's been involved with GlobeImmune, ApopLogic Pharmaceuticals, Sierra Neuropharmaceuticals, PeptiVir, MenoGeniX and Aurora Oncology — received the Lifetime Achievement Award."

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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' @BoettcherFdn

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

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

#5 29-May-14   
30 Clicks              
#Colorado Gov Hickenlooper signs HB 14-1012, Advanced Industry Investor Tax Credit Program @HickenlooperNow

#6 7-Jul-14         
28 Clicks              
New #Colorado Bioscience Company #Directory #AKeeper #File #NewMagazine

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

#8 17-Sep-14     
24 Clicks              
Three #Colorado Companies Present at Inaugural White Hat Life Sci Investor Conference in Phoenix

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

#10 6-Aug-14    
22 Clicks              

Curious about #Colorado’s Sharklet? CompanyWeek Profiles This Week:  #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 and

“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:
Link to the release posting
Link to the PitchEngine social media release

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

InnovatioNews + More: '2014 was a successful year for major bioscience financings, acquisitions and expansions'

Quoting from the Dec 23rd InnovatioNews:

"The Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) reports the state attained a number of key financings, acquisitions and expansions in its bioscience industry in 2014. '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,' said April Giles, CBSA president and CEO. Link to InnovatioNews to review the year's highlights

Other coverage of Colorado's 2014 BioScience Successes:

Link to Yahoo! Finance

Link to BioSpace

Link to EIN News

Link to CNBC

December Focus Newsletter: Featuring AFEX Global Payment and Risk Management Solutions

The December Colorado BioScience Association Focus Newsletter is now available, with AFEX Global Payment and Risk Management Solutions as the Company Spotlight and a preview of CBSA's January events.

"AFEX is a trusted global payment and risk management solutions specialist with a heritage that dates back to 1979. With offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, AFEX operates seamlessly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 200 countries, trading more than $15bn in foreign exchange each year." Link to read full the article
January Events

Wed, Jan 7 - BioBreakfast with Davita Clinical Research - link to register

Thur, Jan 29 - Medical Device Symposium
Link to download the entire December Focus Newsletter.