CBSA honors nine leaders at annual awards dinner

Monday November 7, 2016 0 comments Tags: Denver, CBSA, CBSA Annual Awards Dinner, April Giles, Silvergate Pharmaceuticals, BiO2 Medical, Steve VanNurden, Nicole McWright, Rhea May, Denver Metro Chamber, AstraZeneca, Sen. Michael Bennet, Boettcher Foundation

DENVER -- Colorado BioScience Association  (CBSA) honored nine of the state’s top bioscience leaders during its annual awards dinner Nov. 3.CBSA_logoUSE

The event, held at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, recognized bioscience companies, researchers and volunteers focused on medical innovations and life-enhancing treatments.

“There are 600 Colorado companies and organizations focused on finding cures and improving quality of life for people here in Colorado and around the world,” said April Giles, CBSA president and CEO.

“CBSA is pleased to honor the companies, organizations and individual leaders who represent the best of our state’s life science sector.”

This year’s winners were:

  • Company of the Year:  Silvergate Pharmaceuticals meets the unmet needs of pediatric patients as the first-ever drug company focused exclusively on children. Silvergate Pharmaceuticals develops and commercializes innovative pediatric medications that offer dosing accuracy, safety, and availability. Finalists for the honor were: Aytu Bioscience and RxREVU.
  • Rising Star of the Year:  BiO2 Medical focuses on improving patient outcomes through its work to develop and commercialize the Angel Catheter, the first device approved by the FDA to be marketed for preventative pulmonary embolism (PE) protection. Finalists for the award were: Green Sun Medical and Precision Biopsy.

Additional honorees included:

Colorado Bioscience Institute Leadership Award: Steve VanNurden of Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority works to create a talented and connected pipeline of leaders through the Colorado BioScience Institute Executive Leadership Program.

Educator of the Year: Nicole McWright of STEM Launch K-8 brings science lessons to life for her middle school students, drawing from her experiences in the Colorado Bioscience Institute’s Research Experience for Teachers program.

Volunteer of the Year: Rhea May of Medtronic promotes the benefits of Medtronic’s CBSA Membership to colleagues through awareness campaigns.

Business Partner of the Year: Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce works side-by-side with the state’s life science sector on public policy and advocacy, workforce development and efforts to create a strong business climate in order to cultivate a thriving life science cluster.

Community Impact Award: AstraZeneca supports the life science sector in Colorado with its significant investments to acquire facilities in Boulder and Longmont and create jobs in the state.

Chairman’s Award: Sen. Michael Bennet encourages medical innovation with significant legislation, including championing the creation of the Breakthrough Therapy Designation in 2012.

Legacy Award: Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program creates opportunities for new breakthroughs in Colorado through the financial support of promising scientists.

Boettcher Foundation also introduced the 10 members of the 2016 Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program as a highlight of the evening.

The prestigious award supports promising, early-career scientific researchers, allowing them to advance their independent research and compete for major federal and private awards in the future.

Each Boettcher Investigator will receive a $235,000 grant to support up to three years of biomedical research.