The annual CBSA Awards Celebration highlights the spirit and drive of Colorado’s vibrant life sciences ecosystem. It brings together hundreds of leaders and innovators to applaud our successes and look ahead to the coming year.

The 19th Annual Awards Celebration Presented by AGC Biologics honors the winners live at the Seawell Ballroom at Denver Center for the Performing Arts.


5:00 p.m.

Registration Opens

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

We kick off the Annual Awards Celebration with a networking reception. Join us for cocktails and the opportunity to connect with your community!  Thank you to our cocktail reception sponsors: Azzur GroupFisher Scientific, and GRAIL.


6:00 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.

Plated Dinner

The Seawell Ballroom at Denver Center for the Performing Arts will serve a plated dinner to guests before the remarks.  Thank you to our Wine Host, Wilson Sonsini.

6:40 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. 

Welcome + Introduction

Welcome Remarks – Elyse Blazevich, President and CEO, Colorado BioScience Association

Emcee – Mike Huckman, Global Practice Leader, Executive Communications, Real Chemistry

Healthcare company strategic advisor, BIO Board of Directors member, and former CNBC reporter Mike Huckman will serve as the emcee for CBSA’s 19th Annual Awards Celebration.

Huckman advises leading life sciences companies, from large-cap pharmaceuticals to startups. At CNBC, he reported on the financial markets and the economy as well as established a specialty in coverage of the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device sectors. He earned a reputation as a go-to journalist on breaking stories in the life sciences and for scoring dozens of exclusive interviews with CEOs and key opinion leaders. Before arriving at CNBC, Mike was a local TV news reporter for nearly 18 years.

6:50 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Life Sciences Success Remarks

Toast our success!

Remarks provided by:

-Elyse Blazevich, President and CEO, Colorado BioScience Association

-Dr. Kiki Traylor, Board Chair, Colorado BioScience Association, and Director, State Government Affairs, Amgen

7:00 p.m. – 7:35 p.m. 

Awards Program 

Award winners will be presented live by Emcee, Mike Huckman, Global Practice Leader, Executive Communications, Real Chemistry.

-Company of the Year
Finalists: Aktiv Pharma Group, BioIntelliSense, and Umoja Biopharma

-Rising Star of the Year
Finalists: Enveda BioSciences, Watchmaker Genomics, and Think Bioscience

Additional honorees included:
-Educator of the Year
-Institute Leadership Award
-Legislators of the Year
-Deal of the Year
-Business Partner of the Year
-Building Momentum Award
-Volunteer of the Year

Thank you to our Awards Presentation Sponsor for Rising Star, Higginbotham.

Thank you to our awards supporting sponsors: BIOBiodesixCAIGBA BuildersOEDITRichtr Financial Studio, and Sage Law Group.

7:35 p.m. – 8:25 p.m.


Introduction – AGC Biologics, Event Sponsor

Keynote Speaker – Allison Massari, “The Fire Within”

Keynote speaker, Allison Massari, knows that health innovators have the power to transform lives. When Allison was 32, she survived a devastating car accident and sustained severe second and third degree burns on over 50% of her body. Her recovery and eventual healing was achieved through a combination of determination, hope, and courage, and involved years of pain medications, antibiotics, and other necessary medications to support her in building the triumphant life she lives today.

Allison’s heroic story of overcoming extreme odds and finding remarkable success in her personal and professional life could not have happened without the help of the dedicated professionals in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. With vision, clarity, and compassion, Allison shares the potent life lessons that she learned on each step of her path after she was severely burned in a fire and faced seemingly insurmountable odds.

8:25 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Mike Huckman, Global Practice Leader, Executive Communications, Real Chemistry



We are committed to bringing our community together safely. CBSA continues to monitor federal, state, and local guidelines on COVID-19. Currently, there are no masking or vaccination requirements in place – If anything changes, we will update you immediately. We support community members for personal choice to wear masks or social distance during the event. The Seawell Ballroom at Denver Center for the Performing Arts' highest priority for welcoming guests is doing it with your safety and wellbeing in mind. In response to COVID-19, they continue to take actions focused on caring for you.