Elyse BlazevichPresident and CEO303firstname.lastname@example.org
Elyse Blazevich leads CBSA’s work to create co-opportunity for Colorado’s life sciences community. With the CBSA Board of Directors, team, partners, sponsors, and members, she strategically advances CBSA’s efforts to build a collaborative environment for health innovation.
Elyse brings deep knowledge of life sciences company needs, CBSA as an organization, and Colorado’s business community to offer continuity, connections, and a clear vision for the future of CBSA and the ecosystem it represents. Before joining CBSA, she co-founded Securisyn Medical and led the organization as COO and CFO, transitioning the company from a founder-led startup to a professionally led, commercial-stage medical device company. She remains a member of the Securisyn Medical Board of Directors.
She understands what it takes to lead a Colorado life sciences company from concept to commercialization. Together with the team at Securisyn Medical, she:
- Secured $15 million in capital, including $4 million in non-dilutive government funding.
- Developed and expanded a product pipeline from one to five devices.
- Built an intellectual property portfolio with 12 patents.
- Completed two Phase I and subsequent Phase II SBIR contracts.
- Achieved 510(k) market clearance for a Class II medical device.
- Championed state programs run by the Office of Economic Development and International Trade to support Colorado’s advanced industries. She advocated for Colorado’s Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program after receiving a $250,000 Early-Stage Capital & Retention Grant and the Advanced Industries Investment Tax Credit, which she used to raise follow-on capital for Securisyn Medical.
Previously, Elyse led investor relations for the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. She has also served as a board member and leader for Project C.U.R.E. and the Blue Bench in addition to her board leadership role with CBSA.
Born and raised in Colorado, Elyse holds a B.A. in biology from Colorado College and earned her M.S. in organizational leadership from CSU Global. She is also a graduate of the Colorado BioScience Institute’s Executive Leadership program.
Michael CrewsVice President303email@example.com
Michael leads Colorado BioScience Association’s policy and advocacy work at the state and federal level and collaborates with CBSA’s President & CEO and board of directors to develop and execute strategic initiatives that support the growth and health of CBSA and Colorado’s life sciences community.
Michael’s experience running successful legislative initiatives, building coalitions to secure funding for critical infrastructure, and finding common ground with policymakers on key issues will advance CBSA’s work to build a pro-innovation environment for life sciences in Colorado. Before joining CBSA, he served as the Policy Director for One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families. Michael also managed the diverse intergovernmental affairs needs for the city of Aurora working in the Office of the City Manager. And he began his career by spending three years in a variety of staff roles supporting former Governor John Hickenlooper, leaving the administration as the Director of the Office of Constituent Services.
Steve AmbrizAdministrative Services Director303firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve supports health innovation in Colorado through his day-to-day management of Colorado BioScience Association. He runs operations, leads budgeting and financial controls of CBSA and the Institute, oversees administrative functions, and manages grant activity and reporting.
Before assuming management of CBSA operations in 2010, Steve supported investor relations efforts at Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. He began building his expertise in promoting innovative companies in several earlier roles. Previously, he championed startups at the Small Business Development Center and in various positions at Colorado financial institutions.
Tracey NilsonDirector of Partnerships303email@example.com
Tracey develops networking and events strategy for CBSA and leads efforts to attract, cultivate and retain members and sponsors. She builds relationships with partners and sponsors to grow our statewide culture of life sciences collaboration through conferences, symposia, forums, specialized training, and professional networking events. Her work includes connecting CBSA sponsors to members and the broader life sciences community through more than 30 high-value events each year.
Before joining CBSA in 2010, she directed development for the National Kidney Foundation in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, where she grew donor relationships, developed events and built awareness. Her deep background in creating programs to support Colorado businesses also includes roles as the membership coordinator for VISIT Denver, previously the Denver Convention and Visitors Bureau, and managing conference services at Magnolia Hotels.
Natalie AllenEvent Coordinator303firstname.lastname@example.org
Working with the Director of Partnerships, Natalie executes all details for the association’s 30+ programs and events annually and assists in the day to day operations, communications and administrative work of the Association. Natalie is responsible for the successful scheduling, promotion, pre-planning and implementation of the various programs and events to support our ecosystem.
Before joining CBSA, Natalie worked for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce providing direct support and resources to members. She has held many roles involving marketing, public relations and event planning with organizations such as Karsh Hagan Advertising, Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce, Platte Valley Medical Center and The Moxi Theater.
Natalie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Monfort College of Business at University of Northern Colorado.
Meg JohnVice President ofColorado BioScience Institute303email@example.com
Meg grows experienced life sciences professionals in our state with her leadership of Colorado BioScience Institute’s workforce development initiatives. She secures programmatic funding for leadership and job training, cultivates and sustains partnerships between companies and schools, and grows startup programs for the Institute.
Meg worked with Colorado BioScience Association leaders to establish the Institute in 2015. Prior to her work at the Institute, she developed and managed teacher professional development and school district partnership programs for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, serving more than 3,000 teachers and 5,000 students in 60 schools each year. Meg has a long-term track record of building successful programs and developing strategic partnerships with the STEM community.
She holds a Master of Science degree in experiential education from Minnesota State University and a Bachelor of Arts in in environmental science and anthropology from the University of Notre Dame.