Providing Vital Support for Life Science
In 1996, the City of Aurora and University of Colorado worked together to create a special-purpose entity called the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (FRA). The FRAa’s single mission: to imagine and govern the evolution of a historic Army Medical Center into one of the worlda’s most forward-looking bioscience communities. The top community leaders on the FRA board of directors are dedicated to this vision for the Fitzsimons Innovation Community. The FRA now directs the commercial developments in the Fitzsimons Innovation Community.
President & CEO
Steve VanNurden is working with universities, local economic development agencies, state and local governments, and the bioscience industry to promote the successful development of the 125 acre Fitzsimons Innovation Community, which is adjacent to the University of Coloradoa’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. VanNurden came to the FRA from Mayo Clinic Ventures, the invention arm for Mayo Clinic. Under his direction, this division was responsible for patenting and commercializing Mayoa’s discoveries, inventions and other intellectual property.
John M. Shaw
Real Estate Consultant
In May, 2014, the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority selected John M. Shaw as a consultant to oversee its real estate projects at the Fitzsimons Innovation Community. Shawa’s extensive track record of successful real estate development projects makes him the ideal partner to continue the FRAa’s vision to build a world class life science district at Fitzsimons. Over his career, Shaw managed the development of more than 20 million square feet of commercial properties throughout the western United States.
Board of Directors
The FRA Board of Directors is made up of leaders in the bioscience industry, University of Colorado and the City of Aurora.
Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
University of Colorado and Executive Vice Chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus