Briefcase January 11, 2013


The nonprofit Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development said it will join the Rocky Mountain Innosphere to help nurture the Fort Collins tech incubator’s life-science companies. The nonprofit Innosphere will work closely with Denver-based CID4 to fund and manage emerging life-science technologies. CID4 funds early-stage Colorado-based life-science companies to bridge the gap between proof-of-concept and significant funding.


The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools recognized the Institute of Business & Medical Careers Inc. of Northern Colorado and Wyoming for demonstrating “quality, integrity and excellence” during an ACICS awards ceremony in Las Vegas in November. IBMC was among 33 ACICS-accredited schools deemed honor-roll institutions from August 2011 to August 2012 based on peer evaluation reviews measuring institutional quality.

Burns Marketing, a marketing agency with offices in Northern Colorado and Denver, announced an in-kind sponsorship to the Rocky Mountain Innosphere to advance the technology incubator’s Northern Colorado bioscience initiative. The in-kind services are valued at more than $60,000, making it the largest in-kind sponsorship to ever come through the Innosphere.

An anonymous donor has provided funds to help the staff of CSU’s Flint Animal Cancer Center provide kids with plush dogs and gift cards to at hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses in Denver and Northern Colorado in December. The donation was accrued through One Cure, an initiative founded on the principle that cancer treatment breakthroughs come through collaboration between scientists and doctors who are working with people and animals. All charitable gifts to One Cure and all proceeds from One Cure products benefit the clinical trials program at the cancer center.


The Directed Energy Systems unit of Boeing Strategic Missile and Defense Systems has donated a short-pulse, high-peak power laser system to CSU as part of Boeing’s collaboration with faculty members in the university’s electrical and computer engineering department. The laser system will help faculty members in the department address pivotal research into accelerators, which are used in everything from security and medical equipment to clean water and air.


SuperShuttle International, a shared-ride provider, is rebuilding its Fort Collins fleet of vans, buses and town cars with propane autogas fuel-system conversions by ROUSH CleanTech and fueling by Ferrell Autogas. Other vehicles in the SuperShuttle fleet have been converted to bio-diesel and E-85. With the changes, the fleet will be the cleanest ground-transportation operator in the area.

The Center for Professional Development and Business Research in the College of Business at CSU announced open registration for spring 2013 certificates and programs for professionals and middle management positions in Denver and Front Range communities. The College of Business offers educational opportunities to undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students and serves as a resource for working professionals to obtain business-specific skills.

Greeley residents are invited to participate in Weigh and Win, a free, personalized program that offers cash rewards and prizes to individuals who achieve or maintain a healthy weight. Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente with funding from North Colorado Medical Center Foundation and the Weld County Department of Health, a Weigh and Win traveling kiosk is now based at the east entrance of North Colorado Medical Center the fourth week of every month. More than 836 people in Greeley and Evans have already signed up to participate in the program. For more information or to sign up, go to

If you have an item to share about name changes, new products or business news of note, email it to Maggie Shafer at, or mail it to Briefcase at NCBR, 155O E. Harmony Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525.

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