October Newsletter - Colorado BioScience Association


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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 Initiatives - An Overview for Voters.

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October Newsletter - Colorado BioScience Association

  1. 1. Last month, CBSA held it’s 7th Annual BioWest Conference and it was a great success. Over 50 exhibitors and 750 at- tendees enjoyed an impressive list of international, national and local speakers sharing their in- sights and trends in the indus- try. We had a very memorable Awards Dinner featuring Temple Grandin as our keynote speaker. Temple is an amazing person and the audience was truly inspired by her accom- plishments and views into the way an autistic person experiences the world. At the Awards dinner, Temple commented to me that after visiting the exhibitors and the research institu- tion’s poster displays, how impressed she was with Colorado’s Bioscience and research community. Listening to Temple, I reflected that yes, she 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- 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 compared to a decline of .5% nationally. Here are just a few of our rankings: • Colorado now ranks 6th in medical device employment concentration • Colorado has over 1,088 bioscience es- tablishments, ranking us 11th nationally • State employment has reached over 21,268, ranking Colorado 20th nationally. • In 2009, Fierce Biotech ranked Colorado as a top 5 region targeting bio-technology • Colorado’s biotech industry ranks 8th for venture capital funding While Colorado has a lot to brag about, we are still experiencing a jobless economic re- covery with an 18% decline in VC invest- ments. Despite the economy and less funding to go around, CBSA will continue to take ad- vantage of opportunities to grow the industry and push forward to provide quality program- ming, advocacy and membership services. We value your feedback on how we can con- tinue to provide a strong voice and relevant content to you and your company. Please look for survey’s in the coming months where you can provide to us your thoughts and ideas on how we can better serve our community. Have a great October! Holli Baumunk President and CEO Colorado BioScience Association FOCUS O C T O B E R 2 0 1 0 Inside this issue: From the President 1 BioWest Review 2 Externship Reflection 3 Ballot Initiatives 4 www.CoBioScience.com Colorado BioScience Association | 216 16th Street, Suite 850 | Denver, CO 80202 |cbsainfo@CoBioScience.com | 303.592.4073 Letter from the President
  2. 2. 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 Annual Awards 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 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. Dr. Temple Grandin receiving the Chairman’s Award from Rich Jory Panelists Exhibitors 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 P A G E 2
  3. 3. CBSA’s annual golf tournament sup- ports the externship program to link high school science teachers with premier bioscience companies and organizations to ultimately increase students’ interest in science and math. I applied for the externship Denver Museum of Nature and Science with the hope of expanding my science content knowledge, acquiring new lab skills, networking to identify additional resources for my students, and find- ing novel, real-world applications to engage students and address the content standards. One of the most valuable aspects of my externship was that, besides be- ing exposed to and learning about an area of life science research that was unknown to me, I was able to do so as an active, contributing member of a research lab. My externship was based in the community research lab housed within Exhibition Health. While I had visited this exhibit on sev- eral previous occasions and had a general awareness of the role that research had played in identifying genetic factors related to human health, I hadn’t considered how, ex- actly, our genetic make-up affected our dietary choices and, conse- quently, our health. In fact, one of my major responsibili- ties was to enroll museum visitors in the lab’s research project, The Genet- ics of Taste. This provided me an opportunity to gain knowledge about the latest scientific research con- ducted in this lab through active litera- ture and bench research, using re- search tools that aren’t typically avail- able in public high schools, engaging in professional interactions and con- versations with the Exhibition Health curator, Dr. Nicole Garneau, and par- ticipating in an online training that increased my awareness of the bio- ethical issues and responsibilities of conducting research using human subjects. My experience as an intern also chal- lenged my assumptions about who is able to conduct genetics research. The community-based lab in Expedi- tion Health is primarily maintained and operated by teams of dedicated volunteers, most of whom do not have backgrounds or formal training in scientific research. Yet, the volun- teers were impressively adept at util- izing lab equipment and following so- phisticated lab protocols to conduct genetics research. Not only was it inspiring to see the genuine interest of volunteers in this area of research, but also the ability of nonprofessional scientists to conduct scientific investi- gations with such high quality. While I am still in the process of plan- ning and designing activities for a unit exploring the genetics of taste, I am excited about the potential student interest that this topic could generate and the potential to frame science content standards in a fresh context that will empower students conduct scientific inquiry with real-world rele- vancy and applications. I gained a greater appreciation for the roles of curators as both active re- searchers and intermediaries that translate research within the scientific community to the general public. I also gained an awareness of the vari- ety of research occurring at the mu- seum and the worked accomplished by the many “unseen” staff members who are critical in keeping the mu- seum functioning and providing out- reach to the community. I also be- came aware of the many educational resources offered by the museum, including on- and offsite educational outreach programs to students, cur- ricular support in terms of videos, video conferencing, and lesson plans, and professional development work- shops. The experience of working as an in- tern at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has broadened my knowledge about current, active re- search within the life sciences as well as career options within the field of science and museum studies. Fur- thermore, this experience gave me the knowledge to reframe some of my course content in a context that is both concrete and relevant to the lives of my students and an opportu- nity to establish professional collabo- rations that will support and enhance the education of my students. I am appreciative for the opportunity to have worked as an intern at the mu- seum and hope that funding will re- main available to continue offering these opportunities, as I have encour- aged all of my colleagues to apply for any future CBSA externships. Matthew Kern Science Teacher Thornton High School The experience of work- ing as an intern has broadened my knowledge about current, active research within the life sciences as well as career options within the field of science and museum studies. P A G E 3 Reflection on My Museum Externship
  4. 4. P A G E 4 Title of Measure Origin Amends What? “Amendment” followed by a Letter Placed on the ballot by the state legislature Colorado Constitution “Proposition” followed by a Double Letter Placed on the ballot by the state legislature State Statute “Amendment” followed by a Number Placed on the ballot through signa- ture collection Colorado Constitution “Proposition” followed by a number Placed on the ballot through signa- ture collection State Statute Yard signs strewn about lawns and roadsides, TV commercials targeting past statements and decisions made, radio ads debating certain measures and policies, bumper stickers touting flashy slogans; these are all the warn- ing signs that election time is under- way. After being bombarded with this infor- mation for over two months, November 2nd finally arrives and it’s our responsi- bility as citizens to take a look at all the details and decide how as Colorado residents, entrepreneurs, and business leaders we want our government to run and who would best represents us. This year, as voters stand in line at their respective election centers and mail in their ballots, there are a number of issues to decide upon in Colorado. For the members of the Colorado Bio- Science Association we want to pro- vide you with a quick reference from the Colorado Blue Book on the ballot measures you should expect to see this election year. Ballot Initiatives: A Look at what Election Day Brings First a quick guide on how to know where each ballot measure designates from: Here is a look at each ballot measure that you will find before you on Election Day: Amendment P: Regulation of Games of Chance: Amendment P proposes to amend the Colorado Constitution by transferring the licensing of games of chance, such as bingo and raffles, from the Depart- ment of State to the Department of Revenue. It will also allow the state legislature to change the department oversight and the requirement that an organization exist for five years with a dues-paying membership to qualify for a license. Amendment Q: Temporary Location for the State Seat of Government Amendment Q proposes to amend the Colorado Constitution by establishing a process for moving the state seat of government to a temporary location during a declared disaster emergency. Amendment R: Exempt Possessory Interests in Real Property Amendment R proposes amending the Colorado Constitution by eliminating property taxes for individuals or busi- nesses that use government owned property for a private benefit worth $6,000 or less in market value. Amendment 60*: Property Taxes Amendment 60 proposes amending the Colorado Constitution by repealing the current voter-approved authority of local governments to keep property taxes above their constitutional limits, establishing expiration dates for future voter-approved property tax increases, cut local property tax rates for public schools operating expenses in half over ten years and replace this money with state funding each year, requires publicly owned enterprises to pay property taxes and reduce local prop- erty tax rates to offset the new reve- nue, and provide new voting rights to certain property owners in Colorado and permit citizens to petition all local governments to reduce property taxes. The Colorado Bioscience Association and our Board of Directors are in oppo- sition to Amendment 60. Amendment 61*: Limits on State and Local Government Borrowing Amendment 61 proposes amending the Colorado Constitution to prohibit all new state government borrowing after 2010, prohibit new local government borrowing after 2010 unless approved by voters, limit the amount and length of time of local government borrowing, and require that tax rates be reduced after borrowing is fully repaid. The Colorado Bioscience Association and our Board of Directors are in oppo- sition to Amendment 61. Amendment 62: Application of the Term Person Amendment 62 proposes amending the Colorado Constitution to apply the term “person,” as used in the sections of the Colorado bill of rights concerning inalienable rights, equality of justice, and due process of law, to every hu- man being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.
  5. 5. Amendment 63: Health Care Choice Amendment 63 proposes amending the Colorado Constitution by adding health care choice as a constitutional right, prohibiting the state from requir- ing or enforcing any requirement that a person participate in a public or private health coverage plan, and restricts the state from limiting a person’s ability to make or receive direct payments for lawful health care services. Proposition 101*: Income, Vehicle, and Telecommunication Taxes and Fees Proposition 101 proposes amending the Colorado statutes by reducing the state income tax rate from 4.63 per- cent to 4.5 percent in 2011 and to 3.5 percent gradually over time. It would reduce or eliminate taxes and fees on vehicle purchases, registrations, leases and rentals over the next four years. Proposition 101 would also eliminate all state and local taxes and fees on telecommunication services except 911 fees and require voter ap- proval to create or increase fees on vehicles and telecommunication ser- vices. The Colorado Bioscience Association and our Board of Directors are in oppo- sition to Proposition 101. Proposition 102: Criteria for Release to Pretrial Services Programs Proposition 102 proposes amending the Colorado statutes to prohibit the release of a defendant on an unse- cured bond to supervision by a pretrial services program unless the defendant is arrested for his or her first offense that is also a nonviolent misdemeanor. Colorado’s Legislative Council has pro- duced the 2010 Blue Book, which is a booklet discussing information on the nine statewide measures on this year’s ballot and on the judges that are on the ballot for retention. You can find this online at www.coloradobluebook.com which includes a full summary analysis of each measure, the titles and text of each measure and recommendations on retaining judges. *The Colorado BioScience Association has taken an opposed position on three measures, Amendment 60, Amendment 61 and Proposition 101 this year. The Association is con- cerned that these measures will have a substantial negative impact on the fu- ture of the bioscience industry in the state and industry in general in Colo- rado. Useful Election Resources: www.ColoradoBlueBook.com Full Analysis www.SOS.State.CO.US Colorado Secretary of State Election Division www.Don’tHurtColorado.com Opposition to Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101 CBSA Staff Holli Baumunk President and CEO hbaumunk@cobioscience.com April Giles Executive Vice President agiles@cobioscience.com Leah Kientz Director Public Policy & Programs lkientz@cobioscience.com Mae Desaire Director of Marketing mdesaire@cobioscience.com Steve Ambriz Operations Manager sambriz@cobioscience.com P A G E 5 www.facebook.com/ColoradoBioScienceAssociation www.twitter.com/cobioscience www.linkedin.com/groups www.facebook.com/ColoradoBioScienceAssociation www.twitter.com/cobioscience www.linkedin.com/groups http://coloradobio.blogspot.com/ www.youtube.com/cobioscience
  6. 6. P A G E 6 › 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. Schedule of Events We will be starting our annual mem- bership renewal process in November, working with our new database system to process the payments. Please look for your membership packet in the mail for your specific renewal information. If you have not accessed our online membership system yet please use this link. https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/ StartPage.aspx?Site=CBSA If you are having trouble with your password please try using the Forgot your Password link on the log in screen. Once you are logged in as a member you may review your contact and list of employees receiving association bene- fits, as well as your company profile. Please note only the primary contact identified in the system may renew membership or make changes to con- tact information. We will continue to enhance our online membership system and keep you posted as we progress. Do not hesi- tate to contact us for assistance as we are fully implementing this system. Membership Renewal