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New results, possible funding for Miragen Therapeutics

By Jensen Werley BOULDER — Miragen Therapeutics Inc. has released new information about its clinical trials in humans, as well as opened up a possibility for more funding. At its presentation on Thursday to the Society for Investigative Dermatology, Miragen shared that volunteers are generally responding well to its MRG-201, a product that is supposed to mimic microRNA-29, which in turn should decrease certain genes involved in scar formation. As of mid-March, 54 volunteers have participated in the double-blind placebo-controlled study, which involves testing MRG-201 in skin incisions. So far, results have shown that patients who have received MRG-201 have reduced fibroplasia, a marker of skin formation.… Continue Reading...

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DMC Global posts $3 million loss in first quarter

By Doug Storum BOULDER — DMC Global Inc., formerly Dynamic Materials Corp., on Thursday reported a loss of $3 million, or 21 cents per share, for its first quarter that ended March, 31. The Boulder-based firm manufactures explosion-welded clad metal plates, which are used to make equipment used in a variety of industries, including oil and gas. The company has manufacturing operations in the United States, Germany, Russia and East Asia. DMC Global posed first-quarter sales of $39 million, a 3 percent decline from the fourth quarter of last year and a 4 percent decline from the same quarter a year ago.… Continue Reading...

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Ball Aerospace Cryostat

By Jensen Werley The cryostat, bottom right, is a container Ball Aerospace is making for NASA which maintains the necessary temperature for detection devices to operate. The post Ball Aerospace Cryostat appeared first on BizWest. Source:: BizWest… Continue Reading...

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Colorado startups, national accelerators band together to fight for net neutrality

By Jensen Werley BOULDER — The Techstars accelerator has teamed up with its main competition, Y Combinator, and startup policy group Engine to pen a letter to the Federal Communications Commission requesting that it protect net neutrality. About 30 Boulder startups signed onto the letter, including Sphero, Foundry Group and InvitedHome. Broomfield’s N.io Innovation, Fort Collins’ The Food Corridor, Longmont’s Earned and Nederland’s Athlete Progress LLC also signed the letter, as did about 16 companies based in Denver and a few other Colorado startups. In all, more than 800 startups, innovators and investors signed the April 26 letter to FCC chairman Ajit Pai.… Continue Reading...

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Anadarko shuts down 3,000 wells after Firestone explosion

By BizWest Staff Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) has temporarily shut down more than 3,000 wells of a vintage similar to one near an explosion that killed two people in Firestone last week. The explosion occurred at a residence April 17. “While these events remain under active investigation and much remains to be determined, in an abundance of caution, since the company operates more than 3,000 producing vertical wells of the same vintage, it has taken proactive measures to shut in all vertical wells across the counties in northeast Colorado where it operates,” Anadarko said in a press release.… Continue Reading...

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British cloud company picks Broomfield for U.S. headquarters

By BizWest Staff BROOMFIELD — A British cloud retail-logistics company plans to move its U.S. headquarters to Broomfield. The Denver Post reports that Synergy North America Inc. will begin open a small office with four employees but plans to grow aggressively. Synergy produces a warehouse-management system called “Snapfulfil” and employs 65 people in total. The system enables customers to manage and ship warehouse orders via the cloud. The company’s Broomfield office will be located at 10901 W. 120th St., Suite 240. The post British cloud company picks Broomfield for U.S. headquarters appeared first on BizWest.… Continue Reading...

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Class of 2017 enters Boulder County Business Hall of Fame

By BizWest Staff LONGMONT — Thirteen people on Wednesday were inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame. The induction luncheon honoring the Class of 2017 was held at the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont, home of the Hall of Fame, and was attended by 370 people. This year’s inductees are: Brad and Lisa Golter, owners, Longmont Florist Inc., Longmont. Jon F. Kottke, attorney, Kotte and Brantz, Boulder. Jeff Nading, founder, chief executive and chairman, Golden Triangle Construction Inc., Longmont. Tom Robichaud, founder and president, Precision Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electrical, Boulder.… Continue Reading...

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Two-day STEAM Fest to feature drones, robots, karate

By Jensen Werley BOULDER — Maker Boulder is hosting its annual STEAM Fest on April 29 and 30, which celebrates science, technology, entrepreneurship, arts and making. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the family-friendly event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. The festival is sponsored by Google and Science Galaxy, among others. More than 100 hands-on activities will be featured at the festival, including drone racing, robot demonstrations and battles, the physics of karate, boat building and an electronics take-apart exhibit. Companies such as Science Galaxy, Incrediflix, the Gizmo Dojo, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Arts Longmont and others will have exhibits.… Continue Reading...

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Swisslog changes location of proposed headquarters in Broomfield

By Doug Storum BROOMFIELD – Swisslog Healthcare has changed the location of its new headquarters – from Arista in Broomfield to Interpark, a nearby site at 112th Avenue and Main Street – to accommodate a shift in plans. Last August, Swisslog was planning to occupy a building that Arista developer, The Wiens Group, was going to build, to where Swisslog would move from Denver about 165 employees in administration, software development and marketing, but keep its manufacturing site in Denver near Stapleton. Marian Robinson, a Swisslog Healthcare spokeswoman, said that the company has since decided it will move its manufacturing operation to Broomfield, in order to keep its research and development, production, product management and marketing teams at…

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