Colorado BioScience Association Commends Boettcher Foundation on Historic Launch of Its Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program and Inaugural Class of 'Boettcher Investigators'

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Colorado BioScience Association commends Boettcher Foundation on launching the new Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program and its 2010 (Inaugural) Class of Boettcher Investigators. This new grant program will ensure that the Webb-Waring legacy lives on both through the discovery of new knowledge that improves human health and through the investment in and advancement of early-career scientists.

In ceremonies held Wednesday at the Colorado Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion, the first class of 'Boettcher Investigators' in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program was introduced by Edward D. "Ted" White III, Chairman of the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees. The announcement is made by Denise M. Brown, Interim Executive Director of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA), who says the Boettcher Foundation's new program fills an important unmet need by assisting early-career investigators engaged in biomedical sciences in Colorado to advance their research and honors the tradition of the Webb and Waring families by investing in science that has the possibility of making significant contributions to human health. Boettcher Foundation is a 2010 Gold Sponsor of the CBSA.

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.; Gregory Downey, M.D., Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at National Jewish Health and Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Immunology at University of Colorado's School of Medicine; and Timothy W. Schultz, President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation, also spoke at this historic event.

Governor Ritter said, "By supporting our early-career investigators, the Boettcher Foundation brings resources to an area where funds are currently lacking and where federal and private research programs provide little support."

The 2010 (Inaugural) Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program includes:

  • Shaodong Dai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Immunology, National Jewish Health, Chronic Beryllium Lung Disease
  • Robin Dowell, D.Sc., Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, Translational Bioinformatics Involving Drug Efficacy and Genetics
  • Gidon Felsen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus, Parkinson's Disease
  • Paul Jedlicka, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus, Ewing Sarcoma, a Common Cancer of the Bone and Soft Tissue Affecting Children
  • Keith Neeves, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Role of Blood Flow in the Formation of Blood Clots
  • Melissa Reynolds, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Colorado State University, Nitric-Oxide Releasing Materials for Cardiovascular Medical Devices

Individual grant amounts for these research projects range from $200,000 to $300,000. The grant amounts allocated varied based on funding available to the institution and size of project. Per program guidelines, the minimum budget was required to be $200,000.

"We'd announced the creation of the Program in 2008, as the result of an innovative agreement among the Boettcher Foundation, Webb-Waring Foundation for Biomedical Research and the University of Colorado," Schultz explains.

Dr. Downey said, "I want to express our appreciation and respect for the manner in which the Boettcher Foundation has worked with the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, National Jewish Health and Research Center, and at least eight other prominent research institutions in the State, in designing and implementing the new Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program."

The Boettcher Foundation, its Trustees and institutional partners worked together for over two years on the best way to acknowledge and celebrate the scientific and public service legacy of the Webb and Waring families.

"The program enhances the mission of the Boettcher Foundation, which was created by a visionary and pioneering family in Colorado to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Coloradoans," Schultz concludes.

About the Boettcher Foundation

For over 70 years the Boettcher Foundation has served the people of Colorado by investing in young minds through its Scholarship Program and helping to build community infrastructure through capital grant making. For more information visit: http://www.boettcherfoundation.org

About Colorado BioScience Association

The CBSA supports the economic development of Colorado through the creation of a premier bioscience cluster within the state. Representing more than 400 members, the CBSA facilitates growth of the bioscience industry in Colorado through advocacy, representation and service. For more information about Colorado's dynamic bioscience cluster, visit the CBSA at http://www.cobioscience.com

CBSA also is found on these social media sites:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/COBioscience
LinkedIn Group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=98468&trk=anet_ug_grppro
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/ColoradoBioScienceAssociation
News Feed: http://coloradobio.blogspot.com
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/COBioscience

Contacts:

Kathryn Bailey, Director of Operations and Communications, Colorado BioScience Association, 303-592-4089

Timothy W. Schultz, President and Executive Director, Boettcher Foundation, 303.534.1937/800.323.9640

Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR, Absolutely Public Relations on behalf of the Colorado BioScience Association and the Boettcher Foundation - http://www.absolutelypr.com - 303.984.9801

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