Thursday, May 18, 2006

Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology

It was a standing room only turnout yesterday for the Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology (CIMB) Mini Symposium. Information about biotechnology in Colorado, goals and activities of the CIMB, and future plans were disclosed which included a new $122M CIMB facility to be completed by 2009. Leslie Leinwand (chair of CU MCDB; Myogen cofounder) is the director of CIMB founded in 2004. Speakers included Marv Caruthers (CU Chem & Biochem; Amgen and Applied BioSystems cofounder) and Larry Gold (former CU MCDB chair; Synergen, NexStar and SomaLogic cofounder).

Other faculty speakers included Rob Davis, Bruce Eaton, Amy Palmer, Tom Perkins and Ryan Gill. The Systems Biology effort is unambiguously focused and growing in strength. In addition to the expected academic research technologies for commercialization will undoubtedly emerge from the collaborative CIMB efforts. All great news for the Colorado Life Science landscape.

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