Aurora Business

From left, Edward Mensah, Emmanuel Eliason, Cobina Lartson and Seth Assabil pose in front of Afrikmall on Friday July 10, 2015 East Colfax Avenue. They are working hard to get Afrikmall opened on Thursday, July 16.  Missing from the photo is Albert Quartey.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

AURORA | Dishes, ditties and myriad other dashes of culture from across the African continent finally have a singular, permanent home along East Colfax Avenue in Aurora. Over a year after city officials gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking in front of the old Broyhill Furniture building at 10180 E. Colfax Ave., the developers of Afrikmall — […]


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File - In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, David Thompson, lawyer for the anti-pot group Safe Streets Alliance, announces a federal racketeering lawsuit to shut down the state's $800-million-a-year marijuana industry, in Denver. The lawsuit aims to chill investment in the new marijuana industry by targeting businesses doing work with marijuana enterprises. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

“It is still illegal to cultivate, sell or possess marijuana under federal law,” said Brian Barnes, lawyer for Safe Streets Alliance, a Washington-based anti-crime group that brought the lawsuits on behalf of neighbors of the two Colorado pot businesses.


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FILE - In this July 15, 2008 file photo, Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo Co. Ltd., speaks at a news conference where Nintendo unveiled an enhancement for its Wii Remote controller and new games at the E3 Media and Business Summit in Los Angeles.  Nintendo said President Iwata died Saturday, July 11, 2015, of a bile duct tumor in a Kyoto hospital, western Japan. (AP Photo/Ric Francis, File)

“He didn’t just create technology. He created a whole culture,” said Nobuyuki Hayashi, a consultant and technology expert. “It wasn’t just a consumer product that he had delivered. He brought to people something that’s eternal, what people remember from when they were kids. He was special.”


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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, an activist waves a placard calling for the ban of fracking during a news conference outside the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Environmentalists and the energy industry have fought decisive battles over fracking in New York, Oklahoma and Texas, but the outcome is unclear in Colorado, where the issue could go to a ballot fight in the 2015 general election. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

DENVER | Environmentalists and the energy industry have fought decisive battles over fracking in New York, Oklahoma and Texas, but the outcome is unclear in Colorado, where the issue could go to a ballot fight in the 2016 election. A task force convened by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper tried to find a compromise over who should […]


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DENVER | A bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate would allow banks to do business with marijuana companies. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, both of Colorado, announced the bill in a joint statement Thursday. The bill would prevent criminal prosecution as well as liability and asset forfeiture for banks or […]


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A pipe will be laid underground to distribute oil more efficiently than the current practice of trucking it to it's destination. At a study session Monday, city council members voted 6-4 to essentially back oil industry interests, partially in reaction to new state regulations. The vote was not binding and will be subject to amendments when it goes to the council floor for first reading on Nov. 24.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | The city’s advisory oil and gas committee is hitting a snag when it come its members, with some residents upset that the committee does not include people who live near fracking wells. “Currently it’s made up of pro-fracking members,” said Nicole Johnston, a resident of Aurora’s Adonea subdivision near E-470 and Sixth Avenue […]


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From left, Debra Duke, President and CEO of MenoGeniX, William Robinson, advisory board member, Nanette Santoro, head of the clinical advisory board, and Margaret Wierman, advisory board member, on Monday July 06, 2015 at Anschutz Medical Campus.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

What started simply as an astute hypothesis and proverbial apple on the head has evolved into a nearly decade-long labor of love for Debra Duke. “I just made a clinical observation,” said Duke, the founder and CEO of Aurora-based bioscience company MenoGeniX. That was in 2008, when the Montreal native was given a medication to […]


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Hendrik Schmidt, PhD, shows off a diagnostics device prototype that Beacon Biotechnology is working on Tuesday at Anschutz Medical Campus.  Devices like this  could be taxed under the ACA Medical Device Tax once it gets into production.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

AURORA | One of Colorado’s fastest-growing industries could see a major uptick over the next year due to the possible repeal of a tax on medical devices. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 280-140 on June 18 to nix a tax on medical devices purchased and used by healthcare professionals, marking the first, bipartisan step […]


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