Elyse Blazevich

President and CEO303-592-4072
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Elyse Blazevich

Elyse Blazevich

President and CEO303-592-4072

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.

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Emily Martini

Vice President of Partnerships303-592-4071
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Emily Martini

Emily Martini

Vice President of Partnerships303-592-4071

Emily Martini collaborates with the President and CEO and the Colorado BioScience Association Board of Directors to create co-opportunity for Colorado’s life sciences community. Emily’s leadership advances CBSA’s work to champion a collaborative life sciences community and advocate for a business climate where health innovation thrives.

She’s responsible for the strategic initiatives, partnerships, and programs that support the health and growth of CBSA, our members, and Colorado’s life sciences community, spanning and connecting Capital + Growth, Policy + Advocacy, Education + Networking, and Workforce Development. She expands opportunities for our community, creating value for members, sponsors, and stakeholders.

Before joining CBSA, Emily supported workforce initiatives at Arapahoe Community College, using OEDIT workforce development funds for upskilling and reskilling. She also served as Director of Business Development for the South Metro Denver Chamber, growing membership and executing events to drive ROI for sponsors. Additionally, she managed operations for companies in the legal and media industries.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Colorado Denver.

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Amy Berenbaum Goodman

Vice President and Counsel, Policy + Advocacy303-592-4088
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Amy Berenbaum Goodman

Amy Berenbaum Goodman

Vice President and Counsel, Policy + Advocacy303-592-4088

Amy Berenbaum Goodman leads Policy + Advocacy for Colorado BioScience Association. An attorney who holds a Master of Bioethics (M.B.E.), Amy develops strategies to support a pro-business environment for health innovation in Colorado. Working with the President & CEO and CBSA Board of Directors, she advances state and federal policies that support the companies and organizations in our ecosystem and the patients they serve.

Amy draws on her background in healthcare law and policy, regulatory compliance, and member-based organizations to advocate for policies that support the health and growth of life sciences in Colorado. She champions issues critical to the ecosystem, including Capital + Growth, workforce cultivation, favorable tax and regulatory policies, incentives for innovation, and patient access to healthcare innovation.

Before joining CBSA, Amy advocated for physicians, residents, and medical students as the Senior Director of Policy at Colorado Medical Society. Previously, she served as Senior Manager of Corporate Compliance at DaVita Kidney Care and as an Associate Attorney focused on healthcare law at Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman.

Amy earned a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar and graduated Order of the Coif. She holds an M.B.E. (Master of Bioethics) from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and a B.A. in health & societies from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude.

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Francisca (Francis) Bermea

Member Success Specialist303-952-6092
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Francisca (Francis) Bermea

Francisca (Francis) Bermea

Member Success Specialist303-952-6092

Francis works closely with the Vice President of Partnerships to deliver an outstanding member experience and execute all details for Education + Networking at CBSA, with 30+ programs and events annually. As Member Success Specialist, she supports collaboration in Colorado’s life sciences community. She facilitates member access to resources and connections through conferences, networking events, and educational programs and applies a creative approach to maximize engagement and value based on sponsor and member needs. She has a strong background in providing first-class customer service, managing day-to-day front-end operations, and coordinating events.

Before joining CBSA, Francis supported processes in the Level I Trauma Center at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital for seventeen years. In the UCHealth Clinical Laboratory, she prepared patient samples for testing, and in the UCHealth Blood Bank, she supported a rapid response to life-threatening events by preparing blood components for patient transfusions. She also helped establish an inclusive community for the hospital system and led community outreach events on behalf of UCHealth’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the Metro Denver region. Additionally, she collaborated with committee members and helped implement a multi-site research project related to stress management.

Francis holds an Associate’s degree of occupational studies in medical specialties and a certificate in frontline manager leadership essentials from the University of Denver.

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Danielle Cook

Marketing & Communications Specialist720-382-5918
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Danielle Cook

Danielle Cook

Marketing & Communications Specialist720-382-5918

Danielle advances marketing and communications for CBSA in collaboration with the team. She works closely with Emily Martini, Vice President of Partnerships, and Francis Bermea, Member Success Specialist, to connect and inform the life sciences community through digital and print communications, with an emphasis on social media engagement and support of Education + Networking.

As Marketing and Communications Specialist, she contributes to CBSA’s work to champion life sciences in Colorado and share member success stories. Her background in nonprofit strategic communications and creative skillset, including writing, photography, and graphic design, will help members foster strong ties within the ecosystem.

Before joining CBSA, Danielle bolstered fundraising efforts for scholarships and program expansion in her role as Strategic Solicitations Communications Assistant at the Kansas State University Foundation, as well as aided the sales team at Publication Printers, located in Denver, with communications and events preparation.

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communications, with a focus on strategic communications, and a minor in anthropology from Kansas State University.

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Meg John

Vice President ofColorado BioScience Institute303-749-0078
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Meg John

Meg John

Vice President ofColorado BioScience Institute303-749-0078

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.

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