About 35 people showed up last week for the first meeting of the Colorado Springs chapter of the Colorado BioScience Association, which includes more than 300 biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceutical and biofuels firms.
The local chapter hopes to hold at least four meetings in the Springs during the next 12 months and help local officials attract and retain more bioscience-related companies, said Denise Brown, executive director of the Denver-based association. The local chapter was formed through a partnership between the association, the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
"We want to help promote partnerships with UCCS and Pikes Peak Community College to meet the work force needs of the industry and assist the university in finding ways to commercialize technology developed by its faculty," Brown said. "This new group will focus on opportunities to support existing companies and recruit new ones."
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