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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Steve Ambriz

Administrative Services Director303-592-4089
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Steve Ambriz

Steve Ambriz

Administrative Services Director303-592-4089

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.

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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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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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Janie Butler

Program ManagerColorado BioScience InstituteColorado BioScience Association
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Janie Butler

Janie Butler

Program ManagerColorado BioScience InstituteColorado BioScience Association

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.

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