Weekly Legislative Report including SB11-047

Monday, January 24, 2011

CBSA's Policy Committee and Board have been working diligently on developing state policy priorities and working with our lobbyist, Erin Silver on creating two funding bills this upcoming session. The "Colorado Bioscience and Clean Technology Innovation Reinvestment Act," (SB11-047) sponsored by Senator Rollie Heath and Representatives Cheri Gerou and Jim Riesberg, would provide an additional funding stream for our Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant program (HB1001-08) that is due to sunset in 2012.    

FDA 510(k) Plan

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) released a report summarizing public comments related to initial recommendations released in August 2010, as well as a plan containing 25 actions for implementation in 2011 related to 510(k) approval.  (Full report)  Both AdvaMed and the MDMA released statements in response.
AdvaMed Statement   
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Allos Therapeutics publishes data

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

WESTMINSTER, Colo., Jan 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Allos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTH) today announced that the Journal of Clinical Oncology has published data from the Company's pivotal Phase 2 PROPEL study demonstrating clinical activity of FOLOTYN® (pralatrexate injection) in patients with relapsed or refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL). These published results are from an updated analysis of the PROPEL study, which was the basis of the September 2009 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accelerated approval of FOLOTYN - the only single-agent approved for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory PTCL. This indication is based on overall response rate. Clinical benefit such as improvement in progression-free survival or overall survival has not been demonstrated.  

Dwayne Romero named ED of OEDIT

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Dwayne Romero will be Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. 

miRagen CU TTO Company of the Year

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

BOULDER, Colo., Jan 18, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- miRagen Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on improving patients' lives by developing innovative microRNA (miRNA)-based therapeutics for cardiovascular and muscle disease, announced today that it is the recipient of the University of Colorado (CU) Technology Transfer Office Bioscience Company of the Year award. The award will be conferred this evening at the CU Technology Transfer Annual Awards Banquet in Denver.  

AlloSource enters agreement

Thursday, January 13, 2011

AlloSource (Centennial) has entered into an agreement to distribute Wright Medical's (Arlington, TN) novel bone graft product called FusionFlex Bone Matrix.  The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  

Allos Therapeutics reports financial

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Allos Therapeutics (Westminster) reported financial results for 2010 and key priorities for 2011.  Included among the results were sales of $11.8M for FOLOTYN for the fourth quarter of the year, a 27% sequential increase over the previous quarter. 

Luca Technologies appointment

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Luca Technologies Inc. (Golden), the leading developer of energy farming technologies and producer of sustainable natural gas, today announced the appointment of Matt Micheli Senior Corporate Counsel and Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs. Effective today, Mr. Micheli will be responsible for the advancement of Luca Technologies' regulatory affairs and permitting processes. 

Greg Pfahl Promoted to Audit Partner

Monday, January 10, 2011

DENVER, COLORADO (January 10, 2011) – Hein & Associates, a leading accounting and advisory firm with offices in Denver, Houston, Dallas and Southern California, has promoted Greg Pfahl to Audit Partner in the Denver office. In addition, Michelle Carr and Nicole Toerber were promoted to Audit Senior Manager, and Jessica Carsella to Audit Manager. Jacque Nason was promoted to Business Advisory Services Supervisor. 

Able Planet wins three awards

Monday, January 10, 2011

Able Planet Incorporated (Denver) announced that it won three Innovations Design and Engineering Awards from the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show. Products are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the trade press to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics. Able Planet was founded on a hearing technology that enabled people with profound hearing loss to distinguish hard to hear sounds and has expanded to also provide innovation in consumer electronics.