Colorado BioScience Association Ignites the Future at Fifteenth Annual Awards Dinner

miRagen Named Company of the Year, Inscripta Honored as Rising Star

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#cobioscience–Colorado’s life science sector gathered on November 8 at the Hyatt
Regency in Denver to honor the bioscience companies, leaders,
researchers and volunteers focused on medical innovations and
life-enhancing treatments at the annual Colorado
BioScience Association
Awards Dinner.

Jennifer Jones Paton, President and CEO of Colorado BioScience
Association, says:

“We’re thrilled to highlight the leading companies, executives,
pioneers, teachers and volunteers in our sector. They’re working on the
next wave of innovative technologies and treatments. Our Annual Awards
Dinner highlights the spirit, drive and collaboration of Colorado’s
vibrant bioscience sector.”

Company of the Year: miRagen
is harnessing the power of microRNA science to develop therapies
that normalize biological pathways and counterbalance disease. Finalists
for the honor included: ArcherDX
and Biodesix.

Rising Star of the Year: Inscripta
is a gene editing technology company dedicated to creating the tools
needed to revolutionize how we feed, fuel, and heal humanity. Also
nominated for the honor were: Double
and Impressio.

Lifetime Achievement Award: CBSA honored pioneering leaders Ran
Bellows and Bob Collins. Bellows and Collins founded COBE Laboratories
in 1964 and made significant contributions to establish the life science
sector in our state. Today, COBE Laboratories is Lakewood-based Terumo
. The company employs nearly 7,000 associates throughout with

Additional honorees included:

Colorado Bioscience Institute Leadership Award: Stanley Lapidus,
a longtime leader and innovator in the diagnostics field, was honored
for his volunteer work as a mentor for the Colorado
BioScience Institute’s
Executive Leadership Program and the
University of Colorado Anschutz SPARK program as a dedicated mentor.

Educator of the Year: Shanna Atzmiller of Bear
Creek High School
in Jefferson County Public Schools 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.

Chairman’s Award: Colorado’s Office
of Economic Development and International Trade
(OEDIT) supports the
bioscience industry with five Advanced Industry grants, providing a
critical source of capital for early and mid-stage life science companies

Business Partner of the Year: Metro
Denver Economic Development Corporation
works with CBSA on economic
development and efforts to create a strong business climate in order to
cultivate a thriving life science cluster.

Both OEDIT and Metro Denver EDC partnered with CBSA on a successful,
six-month marketing initiative called Breakthrough
, designed to provide national exposure for Colorado life
science companies.

During the evening, CBSA and Boettcher
recognized the 2018 Class of Boettcher Investigators in
the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards Program. The prestigious
award funds 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

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