McKean Bird

Minority Leader Hugh McKean, R-Loveland, and Rep. Shannon Bird, D-Westminster, at the Colorado BioScience Association’s Innovation Forward: Forum + Awards Celebration

A bipartisan group of four Front Range lawmakers have been honored as the Colorado BioScience Association’s Legislators of the Year.

The organization opted to recognize House Minority Leader Hugh McKean, R-Loveland, Rep. Shannon Bird, D-Westminster, and Sens. Jim Smallwood, R-Parker, and Chris Hansen, D-Denver, for “their leadership on issues critical to Colorado’s life sciences ecosystem.”

“This includes work to preserve and restore funding for the Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program, which is a critical source of non-dilutive funding for researchers and early-to-mid-stage companies,” said CBSA Vice President Michael Crews.

The awards were presented to the quartet of lawmakers on Tuesday at CBSA’s Innovation Forward: Forum + Awards Celebration.

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