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Colorado BioScience Association’s 20th Annual Awards Celebration Presented by AGC Biologics

Thursday, Nov 16, 2023
Seawell Ballroom at Denver Center for the Performing Arts – 1350 Arapahoe St Denver, CO 80204

We invite you to join us in marking our community’s memorable milestones and honor the incredible people behind Colorado’s health innovations at Colorado BioScience Association’s 20th Annual Awards Celebration Presented by AGC Biologics.

Awards Celebration: Toast Your Success

We will celebrate our community and honor the movers and shakers in our ecosystem with our prestigious awards in the beautiful Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  This annual celebration highlights the spirit and drive of Colorado’s vibrant life sciences ecosystem, bringing together hundreds of leaders and innovators to applaud our successes and look ahead to the coming year.

Updated Dress Code: Cocktail or Business Attire

Go glam if you choose! Feel free to dress up in cocktail attire or choose business attire. Either way, we can’t wait to celebrate with you.


Table (Includes 8 seats) | $2,200

*Tables for this event are sold out – please join our waitlist to be contacted if spaces open up.


Individual Member Ticket | $300

Individual Non-Member Ticket | $325

*Individual tickets for this event are sold out – please  join our waitlist to be contacted if spaces open up.

Tickets and tables are non-refundable.

Order of Events

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration and Cocktail Reception

6:00 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. Welcome (Mike Huckman, Emcee) | Dinner Service

6:40 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Introduction (Elyse Blazevich, CBSA President & CEO + Mike Huckman, Emcee)

7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Awards Presentation

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Keynote | Nick Santonastasso

8:30 p.m. Closing Remarks


Keynote Speaker: Nick Santonastasso

CBSA is thrilled to welcome an extraordinary speaker and mental health advocate to keynote our 20th Annual Awards Celebration Presented by AGC Biologics.

Nick Santonastasso is an author, global speaker, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He has defied medical odds since his birth with a rare genetic condition, Hanhart Syndrome. He began inspiring people around the world with his story as a child, when he was featured on NBC’s TODAY Show at age 12.

Now on the international speaking circuit with Tony Robbins, Nick has dedicated his life to the study of psychology and human behavior, driven by his desire to help individuals realize their full potential. His personal experiences – including the loss of his brother – have propelled him to become an advocate for mental health, partnering with WeLevelUp rehab facilities to combat mental illness and substance abuse.

A force of nature in the realm of personal and professional development, Nick’s journey demonstrates inspiring fortitude and innovation. He has impacted the lives of more than one million people worldwide with his passion for empowering others, conducting live trainings on life and business psychology.

Nick’s keynote will be the highlight of an incredible celebration, toasting the achievements of Colorado’s life sciences community.

Sponsored by:

Emcee: Mike Huckman

Healthcare company strategic advisor, Global Practice Leader for Executive Communications at Real Chemistry,  BIO Board of Directors member, and former CNBC reporter, Mike Huckman, will serve as the emcee for CBSA’s 20th Annual Awards Celebration Presented by AGC Biologics.
Mike 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.

Nominations Are Now Closed for Company of the Year, Rising Star, Building Momentum and Educator of the Year

All winners will be announced live during the 20th Annual Awards Celebration on November 16, 2023.

Previous winners of our prestigious awards include:

Company of the Year

The Company of the Year Award recognizes a company that, throughout the year, demonstrates dedication to pushing the limits of innovation. Past winners include:

BioIntelliSense – 2022

LightDeck Diagnostics – 2021

Inscripta – 2020

Rising Star, Sponsored by Willis Towers Watson

The Rising Star Award recognizes growing companies that reach significant achievements during the year.  Past winners include:

Enveda Biosciences – 2022

Artisan Bio – 2021

Edgewise Therapeutics – 2020

Building Momentum, Sponsored by Fitzsimons Innovation Community  

The Building Momentum Award recognizes investments being made to advance Colorado’s life sciences community and better position the entire ecosystem for growth.  It’s about supporting people, fostering connections, and creating an environment that helps spark discoveries.  Past winners include:

Fitzsimons Innovation Community – NEW in 2022

Educator of the Year, Sponsored by Fisher Scientific

The Educator of the Year Award recognizes a teacher or professor who makes a difference for our ecosystem and our future workforce. Past winners include:

Jaelen Hysaw, DSST Conservatory Green High School – 2022

Scott Troy of Westminster High School – 2021

Amanda Fitzgerald of Frederick High School – 2020

Explore a variety of available sponsorship opportunities for the 20th Annual Awards Celebration. Contact Emily Martini, Vice President of Partnerships, with questions or for more information.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:


Thank you to our table sponsors:

AGC Biologics

Agilent Technologies


BioMed Realty


Boulder iQ

Catalyze Consulting Group, Inc.


Colorado Health and Tech Centers

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Cooley LLP

Dorsey & Whitney LLP


GBA Life Sciences

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Holland & Hart

JP Morgan Private Bank

KBI Biopharma, Inc.


Murphy Company

PharmaJet, Inc.

Real Chemistry

Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies

TriSalus Life Sciences

Umoja Biopharma

Wilson Sonsini

World Trade Center Denver


Thank you to our sustaining sponsor: