About Us

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.

Steve VanNurden

Steve VanNurden

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

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.


Don Elliman

Chancellor, University of Colorado
Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

Marsha Berzins

Councilwoman, Aurora City Council
Board Members

Bruce Benson

President, University of Colorado

Lilly Marks

Vice President for Health Affairs
University of Colorado and Executive Vice Chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus

Will Cook

President & CEO, University of Colorado Hospital

Shar Matin

Former Chief Operating Officer, The Spectranetics Corporation

Michael Komppa

President, Corum Real Estate Group

David Perez

Chairman, Blood Management Business, Terumo Corporation President and CEO, TerumoBCT

Bob LeGare

Mayor, City of Aurora

Daniel L. Ritchie

President, Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation

James C.T. Linfield

Partner, Cooley LLP