Colorado BioScience Association Announces Departure of President & CEO, April Giles

Board of Directors to Begin National Search for Replacement

DENVER – Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) announces the departure of longtime President & CEO April Giles. She served CBSA for more than 12 years, providing operational leadership before assuming the President & CEO role in 2012, and will stay with CBSA until August 30.

Scott Larson, Chairman of the CBSA Board of Directors, says:

“Under April’s leadership, CBSA grew as an organization and took on new initiatives to better serve our state’s bioscience sector. She recognized the need for developing our bioscience workforce and its future leaders, as well as increasing access to capital for our companies. April worked with the board to launch and grow the Colorado BioScience Institute to address short- and long-term workforce strategies. She also led the continued success of the Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor and Partnering Conference, attracting investors from all over the country. She leaves CBSA in a strong position, and we look forward to identifying a new leader who can build on our success.”

April Giles, President & CEO of CBSA, says:

“I’m grateful to the CBSA board of directors for their confidence in me and their commitment to collaboration. It’s been a highlight of my career to work with this talented group of industry leaders and the broader community. I’m especially proud of the comprehensive market research work we did in 2016 to better understand the sector’s needs. It led to new initiatives providing better access to investors and funding for our companies, providing a foundation for future growth. I wish the board, our members and our CBSA team much success as they continue to grow and serve Colorado’s bioscience sector.”

Following today’s announcement, the CBSA Board of Directors will launch a nationwide search for a new leader, with members of the executive committee leading the effort.

Giles will continue to work in the bioscience sector in a new role as Vice President, Business Development at the Fitzsimons Innovation Community.

About the Colorado BioScience Association

Colorado BioScience Association champions life science. We serve as the hub of Colorado’s thriving bioscience sector by connecting innovators to funding, infrastructure, research and talent. From promising young companies to established corporations and institutions, we provide opportunities for networking, education and professional development. We grow the bioscience workforce and lead business expansion policies to advance the industry in our state. CBSA represents more than 350 member organizations, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic, ag bio and mobile digital health companies, research and academic institutions and service providers. Learn more about us at Connect with CBSA: Twitter @COBioscience, Facebook and LinkedIn

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