Letter from the HBA Denver President  | HBA

Letter from the HBA Denver President 

Our journey began in 2016 after four very enthusiastic and engaged women came back from the HBA Annual Conference. We were ready to build something new and to make a difference.  

On 12 November 2018, we officially became an HBA chapter in the Mid-West Region. Our team has been committed to the HBA mission.  

We have successfully executed over 16 profitable events and our membership has grown to 95 members. Our membership goal for 2019 is 97 members. We have 13 out of 16 committee and leadership positions filled.  

We are all so proud of our accomplishments. We have embraced the new operating structure and the Midwest regional leadership has offered our team great deal of support and education.  

I want to personally thank the HBA Denver board members and committee members for their commitment during personal trying times and demanding career transitions. The secret to our success has been teamwork and engagement. Over the last two years we have had a strong core of leadership and commitment.

Chapter president
Lucia Buehler, president, Buehler Business Consulting, LLC

Chapter vice president 
Christy Nedved, vaccine account specialist, Pfizer Vaccines

Chapter operations director 
Kelley Swanno, executive sales specialist, UCB

DAL – marketing and communications
Stephanie Eitel, sr. marketing manager - customer experience, Baxter

DAL – membership and volunteer engagement 
Lisa Anderson, senior oncology account manager, Exelixis 

DAL – programming 
Ana Miller, territory manager, Pfizer,  

Another special thank you to our local business sponsors: 

  • DaVita
  • Medtronic
  • Novartis/Sandoz
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Terumo BCT

The Future is Bright

Colorado is ranked as the first best place for business and careers1, first state for labor supply2, third most educated state3, third fastest growing economy in the U.S.4 

The Greater Denver area is a growing community with many healthcare startups. There are more than 720 bioscience companies located in Colorado including agricultural, biotechnology, diagnostic, digital health, medical device and pharmaceutical companies.  The life science companies in Colorado directly employ more than 30,000 people. For each life science job, an additional 3.09 jobs are supported, creating more than 92,700 direct and indirect jobs. The total bioscience establishment growth of 20% from 2014 – 2016. The total bioscience industry direct employment increased 5.3% from 2014 – 2016. Metro Denver’s medical device sector is ranked as the eighth largest in the nation.5 

To learn more about what we are doing visit the HBA Denver website. We invite you to become more involved in the HBA and to impact our long-term success. We welcome your creativity and passion for the HBA. We are creating a strong professional community for you; as well as an opportunity to for you to build your professional network.  

We look forward to welcoming you at our next event and encourage you to contact our board members according to your area of interest for volunteer opportunities.  

Current open committee positions:

  • Lisa Anderson
    • Membership - volunteer engagement
    • Membership - programming sponsor liaison
  • Ana Miller
    • Programming - venue/ sponsor liaison 




Lucia Buehler
HBA Denver chapter president


References. 1Forbes; 2 Forbes; 3 Business Insider; 4 Forbes - Choose Colorado Bioscience, Colorado Biosciences Statistics Colorado-Fact-Sheet