Wednesday July 18, 2018 0 comments
DENVER -- Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) announced the departure of longtime president and CEO April Giles.
Giles served CBSA for more than 12 years, providing operational leadership before assuming the president and CEO role in 2012.
She will stay with CBSA until Aug. 30.
“I’m grateful to the CBSA board of directors for their confidence in me and their commitment to collaboration,” said Giles. “It’s been a highlight of my career to work with this talented group of industry leaders and the broader community.
“I’m especially proud of the comprehensive market research work we did in 2016 to better understand the sector’s needs. It led to new initiatives providing better access to investors and funding for our companies, providing a foundation for future growth.
“I wish the board, our members and our CBSA team much success as they continue to grow and serve Colorado’s bioscience sector.”
“Under April’s leadership, CBSA grew as an organization and took on new initiatives to better serve our state’s bioscience sector,” said Scott Larson, CBSA board chair.
“She recognized the need for increasing access to capital for our companies and for developing our bioscience workforce and its future leaders. April worked with the board to launch and grow the Colorado BioScience Institute to address short- and long-term workforce strategies.
“She also led the continued success of the Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference, attracting investors from all over the country. She leaves CBSA in a strong position, and although we will miss her, we look forward to identifying a new leader who can build on all she has accomplished.”
The CBSA Board of Directors will form a search committee to conduct a broad search for a new leader.
Giles will continue to work in the bioscience sector in a new role as VP of business development at the Fitzsimons Innovation Community.