CBSA BioWest conference to include BioTalks and C-Level Unplugged at 2014 event next week

By: InnovatioNews Friday September 5, 2014 0 comments Tags: April Giles, Denver, Larry Gold, Shahriar Matin


DENVER - Colorado BioScience Association is launching a new feature called "BioTalks" at the annual BioWest Conference and Expo set for Sept. 10.

BioTalks will include eight fast-paced presentations about "the big and bold ideas in the bioscience industry," according to CBSA.

The BioTalks are scheduled for 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Morning BioTalks include:

  • "Trends in Health Care: Investments and Exits" by Jonathan Norris, managing director, Silicon Valley Bank

  • "Ethics in Clinical Trials" by David Gary, director, Human Research Protection Program, Catholic Health Initiatives/CHI Institute for Research and Innovation

  • "Harnessing the Power of Real-World Data to Identify What Works for Whom in Health Care" by Iya Khali, executive VP and co-founder, GNS Healthcare


Afternoon BioTalks include:

  • "Cultivating the Innovation Economy" by Robert Atkinson, president, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

  • "The Truth Behind Superbugs" by Rhea May, research scientist, Sharklet Technologies

  • "Leveraging Outsourcing to Bridge the Valley of Death" by Larry Blankenship, executive director, Evergreen Research

  • "Industry Cross Collaboration" by Mark Sirangelo, chief innovation officer for Colorado and corporate VP of Sierra Nevada Space Systems

  • "Beer Fermentation Science: Yeast Strains and Sensory Perception" by Lindsay Guerdrum, sensory specialist, New Belgium Brewing


Also new at BioWest this year is "C-Level Unplugged," conversations with top-level life science industry leaders. Scheduled for the morning session is Larry Gold, SomaLogic board chair, with an afternoon session featuring Shahriar Matin, Spectranetics COO.

Featured BioWest speakers include Margaret Hamburg, U.S. FDA commissioner; Jandel Allen-Davis, VP of government and external relations, Kaiser Permanente; James Hill, professor of pediatrics and medicine at the CU School of Medicine; Len Tacconi, president of HMR Weight Management Services Corp.; and Russell Slifer, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Denver.

A full schedule of events can be found at

Registration is open at

"This year we've added energy and excitement to our lineup with the new BioTalk segments during regular programming and the new C-Level Unplugged interviews on center stage in the Expo Hall," said April Giles, CBSA president and CEO.

The 2014 CBSA BioWest Conference and Expo will be held at the Marriott City Center, 1701 California St., in downtown Denver.

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