Colorado BioScience Association
Colorado BioScience Association

Colorado BioScience Association Showcases Industry’s Best at 2014 Awards Dinner Celebration

Centennial’s AlloSource is the 2014 BioScience Company of the Year, Boulder’s Virocyt is the industry’s Rising Star and Dr. Richard Duke is honored with CBSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Denver, CO, November 06, 2014 --( This evening, the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) is announcing winners of its 11th annual industry awards at the Marriott City Center, Denver. The announcement is made by April Giles, CBSA President and CEO, who opens the evening with an overview of this year’s industry accomplishments. Giles is joined by 850 KOA’s Steffan Tubbs and CBSA Board Chair Derek Cole, announcing the following winners:

Company of the Year: AlloSource

AlloSource, based in Centennial, is committed to its success and growth in Colorado’s bioscience community. Expanding its Colorado headquarters by 90,000 square feet in 2012, the company continued the momentum in 2013 by launching a new proprietary allograft used in a broad range of soft tissue surgical procedures. Most recently in 2014, AlloSource announced two new partnerships which will expand their work in stem cell innovation as well as undertake a new project with NASA through the Space Act Agreement. This work will advance microbial research in tissue processing for various Mars missions. Visit: Finalists for Company of the Year were: Mountainside Medical, Boulder, and Spectranetics, Colorado Springs,

Rising Star of the Year: Virocyt

ViroCyt, Boulder, launched the first Virus Counter in 2011, which has proven to be faster, more accurate and cost effective than traditional viral quantification methods with results in minutes instead of days or weeks. This year ViroCyt announced the introduction of the next generation Virus Counter at the World Vaccine Congress held in Washington, DC. The technology has already been adopted by the leading companies in the fields of viral vaccine development and therapeutic protein expression. Virocyt’s innovations are changing the landscape of virus detection technologies. Visit: Finalists for Rising Star were: JustRight Surgical, Boulder, and Silvergate Pharmaceuticals, Greenwood Village,

Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Richard Duke

Dr. Duke is an accomplished scientist with over 25 years of experience in cutting-edge biomedical research, and is a tenured faculty member in the Departments of Medicine and Immunology at the University of Colorado Denver. He has been instrumental in the development of Colorado’s bioscience industry as an executive, inventor, biomedical researcher and serial entrepreneur. Dr. Duke was involved in the formation and management of GlobeImmune, Newellink USA, ApopLogic Pharmaceuticals, Sierra Neuropharmaceuticals, PeptiVir, MenoGeniX and Aurora Oncology. He has also been integral to these Colorado-based companies, by raising more than $200 million in financing and helped bring multiple products to human clinical trials.

Additional awards include:
Institute Leadership: Jim Rosa
Business Partner of the Year: Phyllis Arthur, BIO
Educator of the Year: Deborah Carnevale
Volunteer of the Year: Amy Wedeking Shannon
Chairman’s Award: Monisha Merchant
About the Awards Dinner

The Awards Dinner began with a cocktail reception followed by dinner and the awards program. In addition, the Boettcher Foundation presented its 2014 Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program. The event closed with a keynote address by Olympic cycling medalist and Parkinson’s survivor Davis Phinney.

Phinney, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000 at the age of 40, founded the Boulder-based Davis Phinney Foundation in 2004. Today, Phinney is both a role model in the cycling community and an inspiration to the estimated 1.5 million Americans and estimated 10 million worldwide who are currently living with the disease. Tens of thousands of people living with this disease have been directly touched by one of the Davis Phinney Foundation programs or through Davis Phinney’s inspirational message: “it is possible to live well with Parkinson’s today.” For more information, visit: and

Sponsors of the Awards Dinner included: Boettcher Foundation; Cooley, LLP; Fisher Scientific, Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, Medtronic and Terumo BCT.

About Colorado BioScience Association

The CBSA is a not-for-profit organization providing services and support for Colorado's growing biosciences industry. With more than 350 members, CBSA actively works to promote the growth of the industry by working for a better business environment, grow the state's biotech workforce, fight for policies that support a strong bioscience industry in the state, and speaking with a single voice on behalf of the industry. For more information, visit

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