We Work for Health Colorado is a coalition of patient advocates, economic development organizations, bioscience companies, trade associations, labor unions and higher education institutions working together to educate our elected leaders, the news media and the communities they serve about the important contributions the biopharmaceutical industry and its employees make to the health and economic security of the State of Colorado. The biopharmaceutical sector is the foundation of one of Colorado’s most dynamic innovation and business ecosystems. Not only does the industry invest heavily in the research and development of new treatments and cures, it also generates high quality jobs, powers economic output and exports for the U.S. economy and sustains a very large-scale supply chain.


Read our statement of opposition on HR 3.


Supporting High Quality Jobs in Colorado

The innovative biopharmaceutical sector directly supported 8,621 jobs in Colorado in 2017. These jobs are often high-skill, high-wage professions.

The industry also supported another 37,111 jobs indirectly, for a total of about 45,732 jobs across the Colorado economy. These additional jobs are with vendors and suppliers such as construction companies and I.T. companies, and jobs generated by the sector’s employees such as day care centers and restaurants.

Colorado workers whose jobs were supported by the biopharmaceutical sector paid a total of $707.4 million in personal taxes in 2017—$625.7 million in federal taxes and $81.8 million in state taxes.


Colorado's Economic Impact

In 2017, the biopharmaceutical sector supported $11.2 billion in economic output for the state of Colorado—including $4.3 billion generated directly by the sector, and another $6.8 billion through its vendors and suppliers and through the economic activity of its workforce.

Direct Output per Direct Employee in 2017

$4.3 Billion
$6.8 Billion
$11.2 Billion

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vendor spending


Find Your
Elected Officials



Kelly Brough, President and CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Karen Brown, CEO, Seniors Matter

Eileen Doherty, Executive Director, Colorado Gerontological Society

Donald M. Elliman, Jr. Chancellor, University of Colorado’s Denver & Anschutz Medical Campuses

Mike Ferrufino, President and CEO, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver

Todd Headley, President, Colorado State University Ventures

Jennifer Jones Paton, President and CEO, Colorado BioScience Association

Carleen McGuffey, Climbing for Carleen

Patient Advocacy/Service Organizations

Ability Connection Colorado

Aging 2.0 Denver

Amada Senior Care

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association

American Liver Foundation – Rocky Mountain Division

American Lung Association

Alzheimer’s Association

Arts and Wellness Cervical Cancer/HPV Awareness Campaign

Can Do Multiple Sclerosis

Center for Health Progress

Coalition of Hematology and Oncology Practices

Colorado Parents for Vaccinated Communities

Climbing for Carleen

Colorado Access

Colorado Cancer Coalition

Colorado Chronic Care Collaborative

Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved

Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition

Colorado Gerontological Society

Colorado Health Network/Colorado AIDS Project

Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance

Colorado Springs Health Partners

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation – Rocky Mountain Chapter


Don’t Look Back Center

Easterseals Colorado

Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado

Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Healthier Colorado

Heather Gardens Senior Community Center

Hope Lives

Immunize Colorado

International Cancer Advocacy Network

Liver Health Connection

LUNGevity Foundation

Lupus Colorado

Mamas Facing Forward

Mental Health Colorado

Metro Denver Oncology Nursing Society

NAMI Colorado

National Hemophilia Foundation Colorado

National MS Society, Colorado-Wyoming Chapter

One Colorado

Peer Coach Academy Colorado

Prostate Conditions Education Council

Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation

Rocky Mountain Employers Health Council

Rocky Mountain MS Center

Rocky Mountain Stroke Center

Scleroderma Foundation – Rocky Mountain Chapter

Senior Matters

Servicios de La Raza

SLC6A1 Connect

Susan G. Komen Colorado

Voices for Awareness Foundation

Western States Cancer Research NCORP

Young People in Recovery

Business/Economic Development/Biopharmaceutical Partners

Adams County Economic Development Council

Action 22, Inc.


Arvada Economic Development Council


Aurora Chamber of Commerce

Aurora Economic Development Council

Bayer HealthCare

Boomtown HealthTech Accelerator

Boulder Chamber of Commerce

Boulder Economic Council

Brighton Economic Development Council

Bristol Myers Squibb

Broomfield Economic Development Council

Club 20

Colorado Chamber of Commerce

Colorado BioScience Association

Colorado BioScience Institute

Colorado Business Roundtable

Colorado Competitive Council

Colorado Department of Labor & Employment

Colorado Innovation Network

Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Council

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Economic Development Council of Colorado

Eli Lilly & Company

Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority

Forest City Enterprises


Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver

Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation

Johnson & Johnson

Longmont Area Economic Development Council


Merck & Co.

Metro Denver Economic Development Council

Northern Colorado Economic Development Councilv

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Pro 15

Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association

South Metro Denver Chamber


Vivaldi BioSciences

West Metro Chamber

Academic/Research Institutions

Colorado State University

University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Boulder Mental Health Task Force

Colorado State University Ventures

University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office


Colorado Professional Fire Fighters

Communications Workers of America

United Transportation Union



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#ScienceWorks Colorado - A Q&A with Senator Hickenlooper
#ScienceWorks Colorado - A Q&A with Senator Hickenlooper

WWFH CO Co-Chair Kelly Brough interviewed Sen. John Hickenlooper about science. #ScienceWorks

WWFH CO Co-Chair Kelly Brough interviewed Sen. John Hickenlooper about science. #ScienceWorks