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Boulder Colorado Biotech Companies Thrive Even With Tight Capital and Tight Labor Markets


While Boulder, Colorado, is a city known for of tech startups, however in recent years, the city has also emerged as a hub for the biotech industry, with an increasing number of companies working in areas such as genomics, medical devices, and drug discovery. Let's take a closer look at the current biotech industry in Boulder, Colorado, and some of the companies that are driving its growth.


Boulder's biotech industry is attracting attention from investors and entrepreneurs alike, thanks to its well-established infrastructure, talented workforce (however tight this may be currently), and innovative culture. CU Boulder does provides a steady stream of highly skilled graduates in fields such as biology, chemistry, and engineering. And this does create a robust talent pool for biotech startups to draw from, allowing them to rapidly develop new products and services. Perhaps just not enough right now.


One of the most prominent players in the Boulder biotech scene is Biodesix, a company that specializes in developing blood tests for lung cancer. Biodesix's tests use a combination of machine learning algorithms and biomarkers to detect cancer at an early stage, which can greatly improve a patient's chances of survival. The company has raised over $150 million in funding to date (even though capital seems to be tight) and has partnerships with major pharmaceutical companies such as AstraZeneca.


Another notable company in Boulder's biotech industry is ArcherDX, a company that develops genomic analysis tools for cancer research. ArcherDX's products allow researchers to sequence entire genomes in a matter of hours, which is much faster than traditional sequencing methods. The company has raised over $130 million in funding and was recently acquired by Invitae, a leading genetics testing company.


Looking at the thriving startup scene, one such startup is Inscripta, which is developing a platform for gene editing that can be used in a variety of applications, including agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and industrial biotech. The company has raised over $200 million in funding to date and has partnerships with major players in the biotech industry such as Thermo Fisher Scientific.


Boulder's biotech industry is still growing, attracting talent and investment from around the world however Boulder is starting to grapple with tightening capital resources despite some of the numbers above. Nonetheless, the city's combination of a strong academic community, talented workforce, and innovative culture make it an ideal location for biotech startups to grow and thrive. With the renewed support of investors and policymakers, Boulder's biotech industry is poised to make major contributions to the field of life sciences in the years to come.


Habits developed from the 2020 shutdown seem to have influenced workers to insist on a premium to come to the office instead of working from home, which forces companies to pass along higher costs for labor to the consumer in the form of higher prices which seems to exacerbate inflation.


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