In this Podcast Episode
As part of our short series on biotech in Colorado, Rob McNealy interviews Chris Shapard, interim director of the Colorado Bioscience Association about BioWest and why biotech is thriving in Colorado.
Chris Shapard’s Bio
In January 1999, Chris Shapard was appointed as Deputy Director to the Colorado International Trade Office to focus on international inward investment. In that capacity, she promoted Colorado for foreign investment and helped to organize overseas trade missions and trade shows. She successfully helped arrange Governor Owens’ trade missions to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Mexico and Germany.
In 2004, Chris became the Director of Biosciences and Emerging Technologies, a business development position focusing on the biotech, medical device, nanotechnology and photonics sectors. Her biotechnology involvement has included helping to draft and implement the statewide biotechnology plan, leading the Colorado delegation at BIO, leading the BioWest 2005 effort and helping to conceptualize the Bioscience Colorado magazine. Other responsibilities include producing the Colorado bioscience and emerging technology e-newsletter, helping to organize the Colorado Nanotech group, assisting the Colorado Photonics Industry Association to advance the organization, helping to draft legislation to support Colorado’s emerging industries.
Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Political Science from Grove City College in Western Pennsylvania and during her junior year spent a semester of study in Madrid, Spain. In early 2002 she received the Certificate in International Trade from the World Trade Center Denver and Metro State College.
Chris lives with her husband Evander in Denver.