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Join CO-LABS for our 10th Anniversary celebration!

Thursday, October 4th


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Tenth Annual Event Honors Colorado’s
Top Scientists and Engineers
for Projects Having a Significant Impact on Society

Brilliant discoveries from the realms of clean energy chemistry, profound advances in disease diagnosis, astounding fundamental atomic physics shaping global nanotechnology and surprising results of "everyday" consumer activities affecting atmospheric pollution- our 10th Anniversary Awards event is not to be missed!

Come join the premier scientific research recognition event in Colorado with over 200 researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials as we celebrate the exceptional and groundbreaking work of scientists and engineers from Colorado’s federally-funded research labs and institutes. 

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"These projects highlight the diversity and impact of the science and technology coming out of Colorado's research labs that make our state and the world a better place."

- Gov. John Hickenlooper


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Lyme Disease Prognosis


Metabolic biomarkers for improved diagnosis and prognosis of early Lyme disease

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 NREL's Nitrilation process

A sustainable, elegant solution to produce cost-competitive acrylonitrile

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Ultrafast Imaging Team 

 Revolutionizing ultrafast and nanoscale imaging through the research and development of tabletop x-ray sources



Tickets cost $70

Master of Ceremonies:

Erik Mitisek

Chief Innovation Officer, State of Colorado

Co-Founder, Denver Startup Week

This event serves as our annual fundraiser as well, so in combination with the inspiring projects and great networking attendees and sponsors are helping support CO-LABS' mission to nurture Colorado's ecosystem of research and technology innovation. 

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Honorable Mention To

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Consumer Products' Emissions

Pioneering work on growing emissions from consumer products improves scientific understanding of air pollution and benefits environmental regulation and policy

“The CO-LABS Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research event was an outstanding
evening. Personally, it was a thrill to learn more about the world-changing
research that’s being conducted here in Colorado. Professionally, the opportunity to
meet and talk with such a broad cross-section of government, academic, and commercial
researchers and organizational leaders was extraordinary. CO-LABS’ annual
event is not to be missed!”

- Kevin Miller, High Precision Devices, Inc. 

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VIP Guests:

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Dr. Walter Copan

Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology & Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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Dr. Waleed Abdalati

Executive Director, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

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Dr. Martin Keller

Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) & President of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy

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Robert R. Redfield, MD

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

2018 Keynote Presentation

Alice Jackson Xcel Energy Colorado Presi

CO-LABS is excited to announce the keynote speaker for the 2018 Governor's Awards for High-Impact Research will be Alice Jackson, President of Xcel Energy - Colorado. Alice will discuss the crucial and necessary partnerships between her company and several federally-funded research laboratories and institutes in the energy, weather, space weather and clean technologies realms.


For example, recall in 2014, the National Center for Atmospheric Research was a Governor's Awards winner for their Wind and Solar Power Forecasting System discoveries, which have been a resource for Xcel Energy's integration of renewable energy into the power grid. Come hear about such sophisticated partnerships that manifest scientific research into society!

Mrs. Jackson joined Xcel Energy in 2011 as regional vice president; she has a wealth of experience in managing government and stakeholder relations, as well as developing innovative products and services for customers. She is a self-described computer nerd, having spent 17 years in the energy industry working on innovative technologies.

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Silver Sponsors
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Bronze Sponsors
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Supporting Sponsors
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Register Now for the 2018 Governor's Awards, October 4th, at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Since 2009, CO-LABS has convened a special committee of academic researchers, technology transfer experts and science and engineering professionals to review nominations from Colorado’s labs. Through a thoughtful and thorough process this group selects projects that have had a significant global, national or state impact resulting from a scientific breakthrough, change in public policy or development of a new technology.


CO-LABS is a non-profit consortium of federal laboratories, research institutions, businesses and economic development organizations that provide financial and in-kind support for programs that promote the retention and expansion of Colorado scientific resources. Through events, economic analyses, strategic communications and networking activities we work to:


• PROMOTE Colorado as a global leader in research and technology

• EDUCATE the public about the labs’ impact and importance of sustained funding for research

• CONNECT the labs, universities and businesses to facilitate partnerships and technology transfer


To learn more, visit or contact Executive Director Dan Powers at 720-389-0455 or

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