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Over 600 bioscience companies are located in Colorado including biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, agricultural-bio, and pharmaceutical companies. Colorado’s medical device sector is the sixth-largest in the nation. The bioscience industry as a whole employs 27,000 people, creating over 122,000 direct and indirect jobs, translating into $10 billion in payroll.

Colorado has 10 higher education institutions with bioscience programs and on average Colorado research institutions spin out 20 new bioscience companies collectively each year.


Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA)

Celebrating ten years of supporting the Bioscience Industry in Colorado in 2013, the CBSA is a not-for-profit organization providing services and support for Colorado’s bioscience industry. With more than 350 members, CBSA actively works to promote the growth of the industry by advocating for a better business environment, growing the state’s biotech workforce, fighting for policies that support a strong bioscience industry in the state, and speaking with a single voice on behalf of the industry.

The services provided by CBSA are designed to support members through business networking events, advocacy on behalf of the industry to elected officials, bottom line savings through purchasing programs, and knowledge-sharing programs.

Entrepreneurship Support

  • The Bard Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Business School is offering a Certificated Program in Bioinnovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE)

Career/Training Information

  • Colorado State University’s School of Biomedical Engineering Regulatory Affairs Certificate program affairs
  • University of Colorado Bioengineering Master’s and Ph.D. programs
  • CBSA Job and Resume posting

Additional Resources

  • Fitzsimons Life Science District The Fitzsimons Life Science District, located in Aurora, is the center of Colorado’s bioscience community and is one of the largest bioscience developments in the country
  • The Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program (BDEGP)
  • Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)
  • Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4)

National Grants

  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
  • Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
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