The Fort Collins area is home to many successful bioscience and biotechnology companies, plus numerous federal, state and university laboratories. For more than five years these entities have been gathering together for industry networking, training, and building connections between public and private bioscience organizations.
One of the Bioscience cluster’s 2009 wins was the successful launch of Front Range Community College’s BioBoost Program. It’s a great training opportunity for people working toward a career in the Life Sciences. Funded through a Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant, the program prepares students for careers in manufacturing, quality control and environmental monitoring in the bioscience industry.
This year will see the completion of the 72,000 sq. ft. wet lab at Colorado State University (CSU), the Research Innovation Center (RIC). The RIC will have “office” space for emerging bioscience companies both in and out of CSU, something the region has lacked over the years. Regional and national companies continue to relocate to the area, tapping into the extensive talent pool and proximity to industry leaders.
If you are a bioscience-related company or organization and would like to know more about this professional, yet informal, networking group contact Kelly Peters, Director-Larimer Bioscience Association. 970-581-5395(cell).