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Message from Pres & CEO Holli Baumunk + Page 2: BioWest Conference & Expo - 2010 Highlights; Page 3: CBSA Externship Program at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science; Page 4: Colorado Ballot ...

Message from Pres & CEO Holli Baumunk + Page 2: BioWest Conference & Expo - 2010 Highlights; Page 3: CBSA Externship Program at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science; Page 4: Colorado Ballot Initiatives - An Overview for Voters.

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    October Newsletter - Colorado BioScience Association October Newsletter - Colorado BioScience Association Document Transcript

    • FOCUS Letter from the President Last month, CBSA held it’s 7th • State employment has reached over Annual BioWest Conference 21,268, ranking Colorado 20th nationally. and it was a great success. • In 2009, Fierce Biotech ranked Colorado Over 50 exhibitors and 750 at- as a top 5 region targeting bio-technology tendees enjoyed an impressive list of international, national and • Colorado’s biotech industry ranks 8th for local speakers sharing their in- venture capital funding sights and trends in the indus- OC TOBER try. 2 010 While Colorado has a lot to brag about, we are still experiencing a jobless economic re- We had a very memorable Awards Dinner covery with an 18% decline in VC invest- featuring Temple Grandin as our keynote ments. Despite the economy and less funding speaker. Temple is an amazing person and to go around, CBSA will continue to take ad- the audience was truly inspired by her accom- vantage of opportunities to grow the industry plishments and views into the way an autistic and push forward to provide quality program- Inside this issue: person experiences the world. At the Awards ming, advocacy and membership services. dinner, Temple commented to me that after From the President 1 visiting the exhibitors and the research institu- tion’s poster displays, how impressed she was We value your feedback on how we can con- BioWest Review 2 tinue to provide a strong voice and relevant with Colorado’s Bioscience and research Externship Reflection 3 community. content to you and your company. Please look for survey’s in the coming months where Ballot Initiatives 4 you can provide to us your thoughts and ideas Listening to Temple, I reflected that yes, she on how we can better serve our community. was indeed right. We have a lot to be proud of in Colorado. Our state recently moved up in its national rankings, considering most in- Have a great October! dustry sectors in Colorado experienced a de- cline. Bioscience was one of the few indus- tries that showed growth last year of 4.9%, as Holli Baumunk compared to a decline of .5% nationally. Here are just a few of our rankings: President and CEO • Colorado now ranks 6th in medical device Colorado BioScience Association employment concentration www.CoBioScience.com • Colorado has over 1,088 bioscience es- tablishments, ranking us 11th nationally Colorado BioScience Association | 216 16th Street, Suite 850 | Denver, CO 80202 |cbsainfo@CoBioScience.com | 303.592.4073
    • BioWest 2010 Review The Rocky Mountain Region's Premier Annual BioScience Conference and Expo September 29-30, 2010 Speaker presentations available at www.biowestconference.com Panelists Colorado’s Large Company Showcase: Continuing Down the Path to Success Ross Lundman, Director of Technical Development and Proc- ess Support, Roche Colorado; David Perez, President and CEO, CaridianBCT; Mark Gouin, Manager of Business Devel- opment, Wells Fargo; Dave Bengston, VP of Colorado Opera- tions, Amgen; Jim Cloar, General Manager, Medtronic Naviga- tion Exhibitors In the expo hall PharmaJet demoed their product, providing needle free flu shots to conference attendees. Over 50 exhibitors participated in the expo, including innova- tive companies from biotech, pharma, medical device, agricul- tural-bio, and diagnostic, as well as educational institutions, research facilities, service providers and economic develop- ment offices. Annual Awards Dorsey & Whitney Venture Showcase Award - Sharklet Technologies Life Time Achievement Award - Robert Collins and Robert Anderson Company of the Year Award - Amgen Rising Star Award - Sharklet Technologies Volunteer of the Year Award - Larry Blankenship, ValveX- change Educator of the Year Award - Deanna Scott, CSU Partner of the Year Award - University of Colorado Technol- ogy Transfer Office and Colorado State University Technology Transfer Office Chairman’s Award - Dr. Temple Grandin Dr. Temple Grandin receiving the Chairman’s Award from Rich Jory PAGE 2
    • Reflection on My Museum Externship CBSA’s annual golf tournament sup- curator, Dr. Nicole Garneau, and par- I gained a greater appreciation for the ports the externship program to link ticipating in an online training that roles of curators as both active re- high school science teachers with increased my awareness of the bio- searchers and intermediaries that premier bioscience companies and ethical issues and responsibilities of translate research within the scientific organizations to ultimately increase conducting research using human community to the general public. I students’ interest in science and subjects. also gained an awareness of the vari- math. ety of research occurring at the mu- seum and the worked accomplished My experience as an intern also chal- by the many “unseen” staff members lenged my assumptions about who is who are critical in keeping the mu- able to conduct genetics research. seum functioning and providing out- The community-based lab in Expedi- reach to the community. I also be- tion Health is primarily maintained came aware of the many educational I applied for the externship Denver and operated by teams of dedicated resources offered by the museum, Museum of Nature and Science with volunteers, most of whom do not including on- and offsite educational the hope of expanding my science have backgrounds or formal training outreach programs to students, cur- content knowledge, acquiring new lab in scientific research. Yet, the volun- ricular support in terms of videos, skills, networking to identify additional teers were impressively adept at util- video conferencing, and lesson plans, resources for my students, and find- izing lab equipment and following so- and professional development work- ing novel, real-world applications to phisticated lab protocols to conduct shops. engage students and address the genetics research. Not only was it content standards. inspiring to see the genuine interest of volunteers in this area of research, The experience of working as an in- but also the ability of nonprofessional tern at the Denver Museum of Nature One of the most valuable aspects of scientists to conduct scientific investi- and Science has broadened my my externship was that, besides be- gations with such high quality. knowledge about current, active re- ing exposed to and learning about an search within the life sciences as well area of life science research that was as career options within the field of unknown to me, I was able to do so While I am still in the process of plan- science and museum studies. Fur- as an active, contributing member of ning and designing activities for a unit thermore, this experience gave me a research lab. My externship was exploring the genetics of taste, I am the knowledge to reframe some of my based in the community research lab excited about the potential student course content in a context that is housed within Exhibition Health. interest that this topic could generate both concrete and relevant to the While I had visited this exhibit on sev- and the potential to frame science lives of my students and an opportu- eral previous occasions and had a content standards in a fresh context nity to establish professional collabo- general awareness of the role that that will empower students conduct rations that will support and enhance research had played in identifying scientific inquiry with real-world rele- the education of my students. I am genetic factors related to human vancy and applications. appreciative for the opportunity to health, I hadn’t considered how, ex- have worked as an intern at the mu- actly, our genetic make-up affected seum and hope that funding will re- our dietary choices and, conse- The experience of work- main available to continue offering quently, our health. ing as an intern has these opportunities, as I have encour- aged all of my colleagues to apply for broadened my knowledge any future CBSA externships. In fact, one of my major responsibili- about current, active ties was to enroll museum visitors in the lab’s research project, The Genet- research within the life Matthew Kern ics of Taste. This provided me an Science Teacher opportunity to gain knowledge about sciences as well as career Thornton High School the latest scientific research con- options within the field of ducted in this lab through active litera- ture and bench research, using re- science and museum search tools that aren’t typically avail- studies. able in public high schools, engaging in professional interactions and con- versations with the Exhibition Health PAGE 3
    • Ballot Initiatives: A Look at what Election Day Brings Yard signs strewn about lawns and After being bombarded with this infor- their respective election centers and roadsides, TV commercials targeting mation for over two months, November mail in their ballots, there are a number past statements and decisions made, 2nd finally arrives and it’s our responsi- of issues to decide upon in Colorado. radio ads debating certain measures bility as citizens to take a look at all the For the members of the Colorado Bio- and policies, bumper stickers touting details and decide how as Colorado Science Association we want to pro- flashy slogans; these are all the warn- residents, entrepreneurs, and business vide you with a quick reference from ing signs that election time is under- leaders we want our government to run the Colorado Blue Book on the ballot way. and who would best represents us. measures you should expect to see This year, as voters stand in line at this election year. First a quick guide on how to know where each ballot measure designates from: Title of Measure Origin Amends What? “Amendment” followed by a Letter Placed on the ballot by the state Colorado Constitution legislature “Proposition” followed by a Double Letter Placed on the ballot by the state State Statute legislature “Amendment” followed by a Number Placed on the ballot through signa- Colorado Constitution ture collection “Proposition” followed by a number Placed on the ballot through signa- State Statute ture collection Here is a look at each ballot measure Amendment R proposes amending the Amendment 61*: Limits on State that you will find before you on Election Colorado Constitution by eliminating and Local Government Borrowing Day: property taxes for individuals or busi- Amendment 61 proposes amending nesses that use government owned the Colorado Constitution to prohibit all property for a private benefit worth new state government borrowing after Amendment P: Regulation of Games $6,000 or less in market value. 2010, prohibit new local government of Chance: borrowing after 2010 unless approved Amendment P proposes to amend the by voters, limit the amount and length Colorado Constitution by transferring Amendment 60*: Property Taxes of time of local government borrowing, the licensing of games of chance, such Amendment 60 proposes amending and require that tax rates be reduced as bingo and raffles, from the Depart- the Colorado Constitution by repealing after borrowing is fully repaid. ment of State to the Department of the current voter-approved authority of Revenue. It will also allow the state local governments to keep property The Colorado Bioscience Association legislature to change the department taxes above their constitutional limits, and our Board of Directors are in oppo- oversight and the requirement that an establishing expiration dates for future sition to Amendment 61. organization exist for five years with avoter-approved property tax increases, dues-paying membership to qualify for cut local property tax rates for public Amendment 62: Application of the a license. schools operating expenses in half Term Person over ten years and replace this money with state funding each year, requires Amendment 62 proposes amending Amendment Q: Temporary Location publicly owned enterprises to pay the Colorado Constitution to apply the for the State Seat of Government property taxes and reduce local prop- term “person,” as used in the sections Amendment Q proposes to amend the erty tax rates to offset the new reve- of the Colorado bill of rights concerning Colorado Constitution by establishing a nue, and provide new voting rights to inalienable rights, equality of justice, process for moving the state seat of certain property owners in Colorado and due process of law, to every hu- government to a temporary location and permit citizens to petition all local man being from the beginning of the during a declared disaster emergency. governments to reduce property taxes. biological development of that human being. The Colorado Bioscience Association and our Board of Directors are in oppo- Amendment R: Exempt Possessory sition to Amendment 60. Interests in Real Property PAGE 4
    • Amendment 63: Health Care Choice duced the 2010 Blue Book, which is a Amendment 63 proposes amending booklet discussing information on the the Colorado Constitution by adding nine statewide measures on this year’s health care choice as a constitutional ballot and on the judges that are on the right, prohibiting the state from requir- ballot for retention. You can find this www.facebook.com/ColoradoBioScienceAssociation ing or enforcing any requirement that a online at www.coloradobluebook.com person participate in a public or private which includes a full summary analysis health coverage plan, and restricts the of each measure, the titles and text of state from limiting a person’s ability to each measure and recommendations www.twitter.com/cobioscience make or receive direct payments for on retaining judges. lawful health care services. *The Colorado BioScience Association www.linkedin.com/groups Proposition 101*: Income, Vehicle, has taken an opposed position on and Telecommunication Taxes and three measures, Amendment 60, http://coloradobio.blogspot.com/ Amendment 61 and Proposition 101 Fees this year. The Association is con- Proposition 101 proposes amending cerned that these measures will have a www.youtube.com/cobioscience the Colorado statutes by reducing the substantial negative impact on the fu- state income tax rate from 4.63 per- ture of the bioscience industry in the cent to 4.5 percent in 2011 and to 3.5 state and industry in general in Colo- CBSA Staff percent gradually over time. It would rado. Holli Baumunk reduce or eliminate taxes and fees on vehicle purchases, registrations, President and CEO leases and rentals over the next four Useful Election Resources: hbaumunk@cobioscience.com years. Proposition 101 would also www.ColoradoBlueBook.com eliminate all state and local taxes and fees on telecommunication services Full Analysis April Giles except 911 fees and require voter ap- Executive Vice President proval to create or increase fees on vehicles and telecommunication ser- www.SOS.State.CO.US agiles@cobioscience.com vices. Colorado Secretary of State Election The Colorado Bioscience Association Division Leah Kientz and our Board of Directors are in oppo- sition to Proposition 101. Director Public Policy & Programs www.Don’tHurtColorado.com lkientz@cobioscience.com Opposition to Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 102: Criteria for Release Proposition 101 to Pretrial Services Programs Mae Desaire Proposition 102 proposes amending Director of Marketing the Colorado statutes to prohibit the mdesaire@cobioscience.com release of a defendant on an unse- cured bond to supervision by a pretrial services program unless the defendant Steve Ambriz is arrested for his or her first offense that is also a nonviolent misdemeanor. Operations Manager Colorado’s Legislative Council has pro- sambriz@cobioscience.com PAGE 5
    • Schedule of Events › BioBreakfast: Selling a VC Backed Company, October 27, 7:30 - 9:30a.m. Anschutz Medical Campus, Education 2 Building Bridge, second floor connecting the north and south › Fairfield and Woods Seminar, November 11, 7:30 – 10:00a.m. Fairfield and Woods, 1700 Lincoln St. Ste 2400, Denver › BioBreakfast: The Children’s Hospital, November 17, 7:30 – 9:30a.m. Anschutz Medical Campus, The Children’s Hospital, Second Floor Conference Facility › Reimbursement and Regulatory Affairs Seminar, November 18, 7:30 – 12:00 a.m. Westin Westminster › BioBreakfast: Annual Awards Recipients, December 1, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Anschutz Medical Campus To register please log into our database system at https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/StartPage.aspx?Site=CBSA. Membership Renewal We will be starting our annual mem- If you have not accessed our online If you are having trouble with your bership renewal process in November, membership system yet please use password please try using the Forgot working with our new database system this link. your Password link on the log in to process the payments. Please look screen. for your membership packet in the mail https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/ for your specific renewal information. StartPage.aspx?Site=CBSA Once you are logged in as a member Please note only the primary contact We will continue to enhance our online you may review your contact and list of identified in the system may renew membership system and keep you employees receiving association bene- membership or make changes to con- posted as we progress. Do not hesi- fits, as well as your company profile. tact information. tate to contact us for assistance as we are fully implementing this system. PAGE 6