Denver, CO (PRWEB) March 20, 2009
The Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) is partnering with twenty-six national and state entities to announce the 'We Work For Health' (WWFH) initiative in Colorado. The announcement is made by John Collar, CBSA President & CEO, who says the new group's launch event - Saving Lives, Creating Jobs -- occurs today at University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is the special guest speaker.
"The Colorado BioScience Association is absolutely thrilled to be a partner in the We Work For Health initiative in the state," Collar says. "The United States, and our state in particular, has been a world leader in bioscience innovation and discovery over the years. Further, our universities and bioscience companies create thousands of high-paying jobs, and Colorado discoveries are integral in the fight to cure cancer and other illnesses. Today's event is only first of many for the new initiative in our state."
Today's discussion, Saving Lives, Creating Jobs, centers on the major role that medical innovators in Colorado play as policymakers in Washington D.C. in launching comprehensive health care reform proposals.
Participants are presenting research highlighting Colorado's central role in this effort and reviewing the specific challenges facing Colorado medical innovators today, including public policies that, if adopted, will promote innovation and, along with it, the health of Americans and the economy.
Sen. Bennet and CBSA's John Collar, are joined by these presenters at the launch event:
- Tom Clark, Exec. Vice President, Metro Denver EDC
- Jay Gershen, Vice Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver
- Bill Farland, Vice President Research Colorado State University System
- Jill Farnham, Exec. Dir., Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority
Partners for the WWFH Colorado initiative (in addition to CBSA) include: Adams County Economic Development, Alliance of Health Disparities, Arvada Economic Development Association, Aurora Economic Development Council, Bayer AG, Boulder Economic Council, Broomfield Economic Development Corporation, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, Colorado Professional Fire fighters, Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation, Colorado State University, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, Forest City Enterprises, Jefferson Economic Council, Longmont Area Economic Development Council, Merck & Co., Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, Metro North Chamber of Commerce, NAMI Colorado, Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation, Novarus Pharmaceuticals, Rocky Mountain Stroke Association, Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association, United Transportation Union and University of Colorado Denver.
About We Work For Health
We Work For Health is a grassroots initiative that unites health consumers, biopharmaceutical company employees, vendors, suppliers and other business, academic and community partners to demonstrate how these diverse groups are vital to the socioeconomic climate and provide shared benefits and a better quality of life to all. Specifically, the partnership includes local chambers of commerce, universities and research centers, labor, businesses, patient advocacy organizations, provider groups and biopharmaceutical research companies that work together to improve America's health care system and strengthen our economy. For more information, visit http://www.weworkforhealth.org/state/colorado.
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, 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 speak with a single voice on behalf of the industry. For more information, visit http://www.cobioscience.com.
Leah Kientz, Director of Public Policy & Programming, Colorado BioScience Association - http://www.cobioscience.com - 303-592-4088
Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR, Absolutely Public Relations - http://www.absolutelypr.com -
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