b'UNITED TO ADVANCE OURindustryHow the Life Sciences Industry Makes Us Future-ReadyFITZSIMONS INNOVATION COMMUNITYMEMBERS ARE THRIVING ELYSE BLAZEVICH What do you see as the biggest areas of growth for life sciences?COLORADO BIOSCIENCE ASSOCIATION, Growth comes when the people behind incredible breakthroughs PRESIDENT & CEO get the right kind of support. Thats what makes the Fitzsimons Companies experienced growth, attracted investments, secured strategic partners, and continued to develop breakthrough innovations that advance health and care. Innovation Community an anchor of Colorados life sciences Why did you choose to join the Colorado BioScienceecosystem. When researchers can take a break from lab work Association as the new President & CEO? What experiencesand head across the street to share ideas with clinicians or make you ready to lead the organization? talk to patients about their needsthat kind of collaboration Fitzsimons Innovation Community isIts an honor to lead Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA). contributes to a bright future for health and care. home to more than 80Working together, we can accelerate this incredible period We create co-opportunity for Colorados life sciences visionary organizationsAlmost half of Fitzsimons community. Thats our commitment to build a collaborative lifeof momentum for life sciences in Colorado. It will require a at all stages of commercialization. Innovation Community sciences ecosystem and advocate for a supportive businesssustained focus on securing new sources of capital, supporting climate. I am passionate about the vibrancy of our life sciencesour academic and research institutions, growing our life sciences companies forgedworkforce, and creating a supportive business environment. Its ecosystem and about CBSAs important work to champion the strategic partnerships. growth and health of life sciences in Colorado because I sawalso critical to keep Colorado top of mind for everyone from solo More than 800 employeesentrepreneurs to established companies as the ideal place to Partnerships sought were primarily how it contributed to the success of the company I co-founded. contribute to thefor research collaboration. My readiness for this role comes from my experience growing astart, build, or relocate a business.health breakthroughsmedical device company from concept to commercialization and happening at Fitzsimons Innovationmy deep personal and professional ties to Colorado.What are some of the top life sciences trends youre monitoring?Community every day.Most Fitzsimons Innovation Community companies areThe breadth of innovation in Colorado gives us a preview of actively engaged in fundraising to power their progress. How did you see life sciences seize opportunities amid thethe speed, precision, and personalization we can expect from Companies raised more myriad of challenges during the pandemic? healthcare in the coming years. Everything from rapid, point-than $21 million in capital We are all deeply grateful to the healthcare workers on theof-care testing, to targeted cancer treatments, to cell and gene front lines of this pandemic. They represent the best oftherapies to treat disease, to AI-enabled tools to assess and to advance R&D, support clinical trials, humanity, delivering life-saving care under incredibly challengingpredict health. Its an exciting time. Despite the pandemic, Fitzsimons Innovationand accelerate commercialization. circumstances. The pandemic also introduced our hidden heroes, Community members are thriving. 97% of companiesthe scientists working in labs around the clock to develop reported either no change totests, treatments, vaccines, and vaccine delivery systems.In your new role, how will you champion a collaborativelife sciences ecosystem and advocate for a supportive workforce or added employees. Almost half of Fitzsimons Innovation Community The pandemic demonstrated the critical impact of life sciencesbusiness climate?companies had a majoron our collective health, well-being, and economic stability. WeIts a collaborative effort! CBSA focuses on Capital + Growth, breakthrough discovery. saw an explosion of innovation from Colorados life sciencessupporting access to capital at all stages of commercialization. Fitzsimons Innovation CommunityInnovation successes were in sectors community, with companies pivoting to tackle everything fromWith Education + Networking, we foster a statewide culture of member companies are hiring!across the board from cell and gene preventing the spread of COVID-19 to helping those with longcollaboration with our programs and events. Through Policy +The top roles hired for were Researchtherapy to diagnostics to pharmaceuticals. COVID live better lives. More than 40 Colorado companiesAdvocacy, we cultivate a supportive, innovation-friendly business & Development and Technicians. and organizations are contributing to the global response.climate for life sciences. Our Workforce Cultivation efforts grow Additionally, Colorados academic and research institutionsan educated, experienced workforce and connect jobseekersare starting new projects centered on COVID-19 every week.to companies. Information from the Fitzsimons Innovation Community Member Growth Survey Their discoveries will help us understand the long-term (January 2020 - December 2020) impact of this virus and prepare us for future pandemics.Most importantly, we champion life sciences by leading the ecosystem and telling your success stories. Hearing from you makes this work possible. Please reach out to share your successes and challenges with our team. 6Fitzsimons Innovation Community Annual Innovation Report 7'