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2024 CBSA Day at the Capitol

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024
Colorado State Capitol Old Supreme Court Chamber ┃ 200 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80203

Join Colorado BioScience Association for our annual Day at the Capitol! This event presents an opportunity for life sciences leaders to learn about the issues that affect their businesses in 2024 and to engage with legislators.


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast, Company Showcase, and Networking

Learn about Colorado’s life sciences ecosystem and meet the innovative companies in our state. 

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks

Elyse Blazevich – President & CEO, Colorado BioScience Association 

9:05 AM – 9:30 AM Keynote Address

Dan Leonard – Executive Director, We Work For Health 

Dan Leonard, Executive Director of We Work For Health, will join to discuss the impact of the life sciences industry both in Colorado and throughout the United States. This will include a release of two new reports: one that details the breadth of vendor relationships in Colorado with companies that provide services or supplies to America’s biopharmaceutical research companies and their contributions to the local economy, and another that outlines the clinical trials happening in the state and their impact on patient health as well as the local economy. Finally, Dan will also discuss work being done throughout the industry to address the importance of diversity in clinical trials.

9:30 AM – 9:55 AM State Advocacy Update

Amy Goodman, JD, MBE – Vice President and Counsel for Policy + Advocacy, CBSA 

Melanie Layton – Co-owner, Lobbyist, Colorado Legislative Strategies 

Caroline Woodhouse – Lobbyist, Colorado Legislative Strategies 

9:55 AM – 10:55 AM Panel on Key Legislative and Regulatory Issues

Moderator: Amy Goodman – Vice President and Counsel for Policy + Advocacy, CBSA 

Kristina Hermach – Senior Director of State Government Affairs, Gilead Sciences 

Darbi Gottlieb – Director of State Government and Regional Affairs, AdvaMed 

R.J. Ours – Colorado Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) 

Mason Barrett – Policy Analyst, National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) 

Cally King Newman – Senior Project Manager, Keystone Policy Center 

10:55 AM – 11:00 AM Closing Remarks

Kathleen (Kiki) Traylor, MD – Director, State Government Affairs, Amgen + Board Chair, Colorado BioScience Association 


Click here to read more about our speakers and panelists.


CBSA will also be coordinating meetings with several key legislators in the afternoon (although legislators’ schedules are always subject to change). If you would like to participate in those meetings, please select the second option when you register for the event.

Limited to CBSA members.

To register, ensure you are logged into your member portal. For assistance, contact Francis Bermea, Member Success Specialist.

Exhibitors at Company Showcase:

Acadia Pharmaceuticals 


AOA Diagnostics

Innosphere Ventures + DenTriage + Prohibix

KBI Biopharma




Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies


Thank you to our sponsors:


Thank you to our sustaining sponsor: