August 23-24, 2006
BioWest 2006 was a huge success with 840 attendees and 80 exhibitors at this year's annual conference of bioscience companies in the Rocky Mountain region at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Biowest is a joint venture of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and Colorado Bioscience Association.
Colorado Bioscience Association represents the bioscience and medical device industries in Colorado and works by supporting policies and legislation initiatives that promotes the growth of these industries in our state. Bioscience and Medical Device industries represents an estimated 400 companies statewide employing 16,000 workers. CBSA also provides ongoing networking, educational and technical programs for the industry. CBSA is also working to create technology transfer and research solutions through new partnerships with Colorado's research institutions.
Biowest 2006 featured 50 speakers in 9 sessions and 5 keynote speeches. Sessions at Biowest covered a range of topics from regulatory issues in the drug development process to tax efficiency for emerging companies. Chief executives of Colorado bioscience companies including Myogen, Replidyne, Allos Therapeutics, Encision and Pharmion also participated in panel discussions during the conference.
Biowest 2006 began Wednesday, August 23, 2006 and ended with CBSA's Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday night, August 24, 2006 recognizing top biotech and medical-device companies. Lifetime Achievement Awards were awarded to Governor Bill Owens and Paul Ray. Myogen, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of small-molecule therapeutics for the treatment of cardiovascular disorders, was named CBSA's 2006 Company of the Year. C5 Medical Werks and Taligen Therapeutics won 2006 Bioscience Company Rising Star Award. CBSA's 2006 Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Richard Duke. Maggie Chamberline Holben was presented with 2006 Partner of the Year Award. Kyle Lefkoff was presented the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade 2006 Excellence Award. ApopLogic Pharmaceuticals was the winner over eleven other startup firms vying for $10,000 at Biowest 2006's Venture Showcase sponsored by Faegre & Benson.
Plans are underway for BioWest 2007 with dates being announced shortly.
On behalf of Colorado Bioscience Association, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, we thank our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, volunteers and those that attended helping make BioWest 2006 Conference a huge success.
For more information please contact:
Director, Bioscience and Emerging Technologies,
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (303) 892-3840