Colorado BioScience Association Seeks Region's Top Innovators for Venture Showcase Competition at 2008 BioWest Conference & Expo

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The organizers of BioWest 2008 are again looking for the best bioscience start-ups in the region as candidates for the $10,000 Dorsey & Whitney Venture Showcase Award. Six companies will be chosen to present at the showcase on Thursday, November 13, 2008, and will be judged by a panel of national venture capitalists. Deadline for entry is Monday, October 1.

What do Apoplogic Pharmaceuticals, Inviragen and ValveXchange have in common? All three have been past winners of the BioWest Venture Showcase award. Rick Duke, Dan Stinchcomb and Ivan Vesely all report that winning the award provided them with local and national exposure that would normally be impossible to get.

Do you have compelling bioscience technology (biotechnology, medical device or bio-fuels) and a home run business plan? Do you belong in the group above? "If you answer yes," according to Christine Shapard, Deputy Director, Colorado Bioscience Association (CBSA), "then we want to see your application and business plan for the Venture Showcase."

Six companies will be chosen to present to a panel of distinguished national venture capital investors. Each competing company will have 15 minutes to present their technologies and business plans to the judges. The most compelling presentation will receive the $10,000 Venture Showcase award.

The annual Venture Showcase award will be presented by a new sponsor this year. Dorsey & Whitney LLC will provide valuable presentation and preparation advice to the six companies chosen to present at the showcase. "Dorsey is proud to sponsor this year's Venture Showcase Award at BioWest," said Tim Worrall, a biotech patent attorney with Dorsey & Whitney.  "Our firm is excited to be able to assist early stage bioscience companies by providing sound business advice and support in both intellectual property and corporate matters."
 
Applications for the Venture Showcase competition may be downloaded from the website http://www.BiowestConference.com.

Completed forms must be submitted by October 1, 2008, to Christine Shapard, 303-592-4089.

About Colorado BioScience Association

CBSA is a not-for-profit corporation providing services and support for Colorado's growing biosciences industry. With more than 400 members, the CBSA actively works to promote the growth of the industry by advocating for a better business environment, by promoting programs that grow the state's bioscience workforce, by fighting for policies that support a strong bioscience industry in the state and by speaking with a single voice on behalf of the companies in the state. For more information, visit http://www.cobioscience.com.

About Dorsey & Whitney LLC

Dorsey's patent group lawyers combine their expertise in patent law and business acumen with their solid technical backgrounds to provide their clients the advice they need to stay competitive in global and regional marketplaces. Dorsey attorneys are committed to helping their clients maintain that competitive edge by advising them on the most effective methods for protecting their technology and assisting them in patent portfolio strategic issues, patent preparation, prosecution, licensing and related activities in patent offices in the U.S. and around the world. For more information, visit http://www.dorsey.com.

Contacts:

Christine Shapard, Colorado BioScience Association - http://www.cobioscience.com -
303-592-4089

Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR, Absolutely PR - http://www.absolutelypr.com -
303-984-9801

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