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Colorado BioScience Association Honors Industry’s Best at 2014 Awards Dinner, Featuring Keynote by Olympic Medalist & Parkinson’s Survivor Davis Phinney

The Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) will honor outstanding bioscience companies and individuals throughout the state at its Annual Awards Dinner, November 6, at the Denver Marriott City Center. This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Davis Phinney, Olympic medalist and cycling great who is successfully living with early-onset Parkinson’s disease and in 2004 founded the Colorado-based Davis Phinney Foundation.

Denver, CO, October 20, 2014 – The Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) will host its Annual Awards Dinner on November 6 at the Denver Marriott City Center. The announcement is made by April Giles, CBSA President and CEO, who says, “We are thrilled to again celebrate the success of Colorado’s bioscience industry and recognize those standout companies and individuals who have contributed significantly to the growth of our community this year. Further, we are fortunate to welcome Olympic medalist and cycling great Davis Phinney as our keynote speaker for the event.”

Phinney, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000 at the age of 40, founded the Davis Phinney Foundation in 2004; a national organization, based in Boulder, CO. Today, Phinney is both a role model in the cycling community and an inspiration to the estimated 1.5 million Americans and 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: http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org.

In 2009, it was announced that Phinney’s foundation had joined forces with Medtronic, Inc. (one of the sponsors of the CBSA Awards Dinner) to raise awareness among individuals with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers about how to improve their lives today. Together, through educational programs focused on daily victories over Parkinson’s disease, they aim to increase understanding about the importance of exercise, living a healthy lifestyle and the consideration of various treatment options. Phinney has found relief from debilitating tremors and stiff limbs and joints after receiving Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy. For more information about Phinney’s experience with DBS, visit: http://www.medtronicdbs.com/parkinsons/personal-stories/davis-phinney/index.htm.

The Awards Dinner, emceed by 850 KOA Morning News Anchor Steffan Tubbs, will begin with a cocktail reception followed by dinner and a dynamic program. CBSA will first recognize those companies and individuals who are making a significant difference in Colorado’s vibrant bioscience industry. The Boettcher Foundation will then present the 2014 Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program. The event closes with Phinney’s keynote.

This year’s Bioscience Industry Awards include: 

* Lifetime Achievement
* Company of the Year
* Rising Star
* Institute Leadership
* Business Partner of the Year
* Educator of the Year
* Volunteer of the Year 
* Chairman’s Award

Tickets for the Awards Dinner are available for purchase at the CBSA website. Individual tickets are $150. Tables (8 seats) are available for $1,250 for CBSA members and $1,500 for non-CBSA members. Please note: the Awards Dinner was a sellout event last year, so do not delay securing arrangements. Visit: http://www.cobioscience.com/events-calendar/awards-dinner-2014.

Sponsorships for the Awards Dinner are also still available.  Those interested in sponsorships should contact Tracey Nilson at tnilson@cobioscience.com no later than October 24. Sponsors, as of the date of this release, include: Boettcher Foundation; Cooley, LLP; Fisher Scientific, Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, Medtronic and Terumo BCT. 

About the Boettcher Foundation

Founded by the Boettcher Family in 1937 to effectively assist, encourage and promote a better quality of life for the citizens of Colorado, the Boettcher Foundation invests in Colorado through “minds and mortar.” The Foundation funds Scholarships, biomedical research and teacher training, as well as capital grants for nonprofits.  For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org.

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 http://www.cobioscience.com

CBSA also is found on these social media sites:

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Contacts:

Brittany Callahan, Marketing & Membership Manager
Colorado BioScience Association - http://www.cobioscience.com
Phone: 720-382-5918 Email: bcallahan@cobioscience.com  


Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR
Absolutely Public Relations - http://www.absolutelypr.com
Phone: 303-984-9801 Email: maggie@absolutelypr.com