Elyse BlazevichPresident and CEO303email@example.com
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.
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.
Natalie AllenMember Success Manager303email@example.com
Natalie advances Colorado BioScience Association’s work to create co-opportunity for the state’s life sciences community. She focuses on delivering value to members by creating an excellent member experience, ensuring adoption of member benefits, and sharing member success stories.
Promoted to Member Success Manager in 2022, Natalie provides members with outstanding customer service and fosters collaboration in our community through Education + Networking, executing CBSA’s 30+ annual programs and events. Additionally, Natalie broadly supports marketing and communications and assists in day-to-day operations.
Before joining CBSA as Event Coordinator in 2019, Natalie worked for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, providing direct support and resources to members. Her career background includes marketing, public relations, and event planning for 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 in Marketing and Communications.
Meg JohnVice President ofColorado BioScience Institute303firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Janie ButlerProgram ManagerColorado BioScience InstituteColorado BioScience Associationjbutler@cobioscience.com
Janie leads program management for Colorado BioScience Institute and Colorado BioScience Association. In collaboration with Institute Vice President Meg John, she builds and manages programs to cultivate and diversify Colorado’s life sciences workforce. Janie fosters training and professional development for companies at all stages of commercialization. She brings a strong background in K-12 programming to the Institute’s STEM education initiatives.
Before joining the Institute and CBSA, Janie worked for Beyond Benign: An Institute for Green Chemistry Education as the K-12 Program Manager. She led high-impact educational projects ranging from curriculum development, local and national conference presentations, and online professional development. She spearheaded strategic initiatives, which included new program pilots, partnership building, and stakeholder engagement.
Janie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry with a specialization in molecular biology and a minor in environmental and sustainable studies from Loyola University of Maryland.