Discoveries Meet Momentum: A Year in Review
Fitzsimons Innovation Community releases its Second Annual Innovation Report focused on the momentum our Community members build on our campus to take their discoveries and projects from idea to market.
Ideas become cures when academia and industry connect. When you talk to Terry Fry, M.D., about why the Gates Institute is one of the best locations in the country to work in cellular and gene therapy, he has a lot of insight. As the executive director of the Gates Institute, a pediatric oncologist, and a pioneer in the development of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cell therapies, Dr. Fry has an intimate understanding of what it takes to get a drug from initial research phases to commercial manufacturing. And often what it takes is the right facilities with the right partners working together at each stage of development.
The life sciences ecosystem in Colorado has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade, and the momentum will continue to build. The region is on a trajectory to crack the top five innovation hubs in the country with competitive advantages that favor life sciences. To get there, we must continue to collaborate to attract national and international biotech companies to Colorado for the long-term.
As the main gateway to a large research and clinical infrastructure, CU Innovations pairs industry partners with clinicians to create next-generation products that can ultimately reach patient care. Thanks to hospital partners at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the UCHealth system, CU Innovations has established a living clinical laboratory for testing and validating the best healthcare technologies.
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 put a spotlight on the life sciences industry, yet in reality the sector was already quietly becoming a powerhouse, with Metro Denver emerging as a major player.
In a Q&A with Fitzsimons Innovation Community, Elyse Blazevich, Colorado BioScience Association President & CEO, offers her perspective on the biggest areas of growth for life sciences, the top trends she’s monitoring, and how the Association advocates for a supportive business climate in our state.