The Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) honored the outstanding bioscience companies and individuals in the state
during its 9th Annual Awards Dinner at the Downtown Denver Embassy Suites. The CBSA's Annual Awards program showcases the
significant achievements in the state's bioscience industry throughout the year.
Recipients of 2011 awards include:Lifetime Achievement Award - Brian, Greg and Jeff Baldwin
Brian Baldwin founded Baxa Corporation
in 1975 and grew the company steadily over the succeeding 36 years along with the leadership of sons Greg and Jeff. Creating
technology that saves patient lives, Baxa Corporation provides innovative, solution-based technologies for fluid handling
and delivery. Its systems and devices promote the safe and efficient preparation, handling, packaging, and administration
of fluid medications. Visit: http://www.baxa.comCompany of the Year - LABS Inc.
LABS, Inc. has grown to service clients across many healthcare
industries over the past 30 years. Recently, they added a Cell and Molecular Biology Department to their already growing business.
Labs Inc. has been the market leader in laboratory testing for Infectious Disease, Microbiology, and Immunogenetics. Visit:
http://www.labs-inc.orgRising Star of the Year - Ventria Bioscience
Ventria Bioscience is the first company to
commercialize recombinant proteins derived from a plant-based manufacturing system. Ventria’s technology platform ExpressTec
is a safe, affordable and sustainable manufacturing technology that achieves recombinant protein yield that is many times
higher than alternative systems. Visit: http://www.ventria.comVolunteer of the Year - Timothy Rodell, M.D. President and CEO, GlobeImmune
leadership and community involvement has greatly contributed to Colorado’s bioscience industry. He contributed significantly
to Senator Bennet’s Colorado Competes Report as a member of the Innovation Roundtable. He also has been a voice at the
federal level with a seat on BIO’s national Board leading our industry forward. Visit: http://www.globeimmune.comEducator of the Year - Melissa Reynolds, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Colorado State University
Melissa Reynolds Ph.D. joined the Colorado State University faculty in 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry
and is a participating faculty member in the School of Biomedical Engineering. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate
courses she has organized professional development and entrepreneurship programs and mentored over 25 multidisciplinary students.
Her positive leadership and encouragement has been continually evident to her colleagues, funders and the bioscience community
as a whole. More about Dr. Reynolds: http://www.news.colostate.edu/Release/5620Business Partner of the Year - Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young has been a strong partner
for over seven years helping to move Colorado’s bioscience industry forward. They have provided excellent service to
the industry with expertise and dedication to our companies. Visit: http://www.ey.comLegislator of the Year - State Representative Cheri Gerou
Representative Cheri Gerou has
shown continued support for the bioscience community. She was involved in introducing and enabled the passage of HB 1283 and
SB 47 to extend and further fund the Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program. Visit: http://cherigerou.comChairman’s Award - Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson’s dedication
to advocacy and strategic development as an industry leader has advanced bioscience in Colorado. The company has continually
supported CBSA’s efforts to advance the regional bioscience community including the development of CBSA’s Rocky
Mountain Life Science Investor Conference and presence on the Board of Directors. Visit: http://www.jnj.comChairman’s Award - U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
Senator Michael Bennet has championed
Colorado’s bioscience issues at the Capitol on several major issues including spearheading the Colorado Innovation Economy
Committee and the “Colorado Competes” report, of which CBSA co-chaired; a CEO roundtable event with FDA Commissioner
Hamburg; and The Medical Device Regulatory Improvement Act, introduced to boost Medical Device innovation and FDA reform.
Senator Bennet leadership and perseverance continue to benefit the bioscience community as a whole. Visit: http://bennet.senate.govLink to the Business Wire newswire