Welcome to the Colorado BioScience Association’s 14th issue of Bioscience Colorado. This publication is a key resource for companies, investors, legislators and economic developers, and has become the go-to source for our industry in the state. With a total audience of more than 7,500, including online impressions, this publication is one of the industry’s greatest voices – locally, nationally and internationally.

In this year’s edition, we are answering the question, “Why Colorado?” In addition to the State of Colorado being ranked first in overall economy by US News & World Report, the state’s life science ecosystem is thriving! Colorado is home to four, top-ranked university bioscience programs, 30 federal research laboratories and numerous incubators and accelerator programs. Our state also boasts one of the most highly-educated workforces in the country – a critical resource for companies that need to get up-and-running quickly. Colorado also ranks among the top five states for funds raised per worker from the SBIR grant program and fifth nationally in the amount of seed and early-stage venture capital investment. With its central geographic location, Colorado is an attractive state for companies with multiple sites or remote employees on the coasts. It’s competitive tax incentives, 300 days of sunshine annually and myriad outdoor activities for year-round recreation make the state a highly-sought after destination for companies and employees alike.

The life science sector is made up of more than 720 companies and growing. Currently, Colorado directly employs 30,000 people in the industry, creating more than 159,000 direct and indirect jobs, translating into more than $10 billion in payroll. The Colorado BioScience Association is proud to serve as the hub of our state’s thriving bioscience sector, building and fostering these relationships, and advocating for the industry. Colorado companies have created important, life-saving drugs and medical technologies, with more in the pipeline. We are proud to have continually grown the industry here and are excited for what the future holds.

Bioscience in Colorado truly is driving innovation, creating jobs and improving lives!

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Coming to Light: 300 days of sunshine each year and a favorable business climate are among the many benefits of working and living in Colorado.








Executive Decision: Bioscience leaders expound on the value of Colorado.


On the Razor's Edge: Precision medicine unlocks potential with a personal touch.


Boettcher Foundation Helps Advance Early Invesitgators' Research


Finding the Needle in the Haystack: Colorado leads the nation in developing Big Data for the advancement of health.


A Closer Look: Device, drug and therapy assets around Colorado


Colorado by the Numbers


Grant Programs: Innovation Engines