Fitzsimon_menu

Innovation is happening. Right here.

Fitzsimons Innovation Community is a sprawling campus of leading-edge laboratory workspace where innovative health and life sciences companies of all sizes take their research to the next level to cure diseases, save lives, and improve care.

Smart, inclusive, forward-thinking, and highly educated people lead life sciences innovation in Colorado, the Hub for Health Impact. Together, we welcome life sciences organizations looking to call Colorado home and to collaborate with a robust community already in on the secret: the health and life sciences industry in Colorado is strong and making a global impact on the future of health.

 Move in, and build your vision here—today.

Community

The emphasis is on Community

We called it a community for a reason. From the board of directors to the newest company on campus, everyone at Fitzsimons Innovation Community knows that easy access to collaboration has direct results on success. From idea incubation to final-product manufacturing, your end-to-end innovation can come alive right here on our campus. All that Colorado sunshine is just a bonus.

Community

Cutting-edge discoveries in action

95%

Companies Thriving

Fitzsimons Innovation Community member companies are thriving. 95% of companies reported either no change to workforce or added employees.

9+

Patents

Fitzsimons Innovation Community member companies received more than 9 patents for their innovations in 2022.

18+

New Innovations

Fitzsimons Innovation Community member companies introduced more than 18 new innovations to the market in 2022.

$55M+

Capital Raised

In the past three years, Fitzsimons Innovation Community member companies attracted more than $55M in investments to advance R&D, accelerate commercialization, support clinical trials, and fine-tune technology.

50%

Companies with Discoveries

Fitzsimons Innovation Community member companies made news with major breakthrough discoveries last year. Areas included pharmaceuticals, research tools, molecular biology, medical devices, cell and gene therapy, and big data analytics.

32%

Companies Forging Strategic Partnerships

Fitzsimons Innovation Community member companies forged strategic partnerships to advance innovation from research, multinational clinical trials, and expansion opportunities, to joint ventures, product development, and distribution partners.

*Fitzsimons Innovation Community Member Growth Survey responses (January – December 2021)

A heritage of healthcare and innovation

Fitzsimons Innovation Community stands on the grounds that once held the Fitzsimons Army Hospital, where soldiers returning from World War I were treated. The Colorado high altitude has always been a destination for advancements in lung treatment, and 100 years ago, soldiers sought cures for tuberculosis and mustard gas exposure right here.

After the Army decommissioned the hospital in the 1990s, ideas for the current University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Fitzsimons Innovation Community began to percolate. That rich history of discovery, care, and research continues to inspire our vision a century later.

Our team is on your team

You know best when it comes to your projects, and we know how to keep you up and running with first-class scientific facilities management and community engagement. Our priority is to help you thrive on this campus and we have the proven tools and expertise to make that happen.

Ann Dennis

COMMUNITY SERVICE MANAGER

April Giles

Vp, business development

Don Larson

Facilities engineer

Erica N. Slaughenhoup

Accounting Specialist

Julie Ehler

Accounting Lead

Lyle Artz

Site manager

Steve VanNurden

PRESIDENT & CEO

Sue Niblo

Senior property manager

Thomas Smith

Vp, finance & operations

“The workspace has been perfect for our projects, but the most impressive thing to me has been the community. We’ve collaborated with researchers from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, networked with other Fitzsimons Innovation Community members, and bounced ideas off some of the best minds in healthcare. And it’s all contributed to us moving forward in our research.”

Scott Deeter

CEO, InVitria

“I park my car in the morning, and then I never move it until I leave after work. We walk to lunch and meetings and take advantage of the outdoor space as much as we can during the day. Work-life balance happens right on campus.”

Kristin Nixon

President, PhosphoSolutions

Community

Fitzsimons Innovation Community News

EnteroTrack selected for prestigious cancer accelerator program
News | Apr 08, 2024

EnteroTrack selected for prestigious cancer accelerator program

We're please to announce that EnteroTrack has been selected for the inaugural cohort of startups on CancerX's Accelerator program!

Colorado Wants to be No. 1 Destination for Life Science Companies
News | Feb 27, 2024

Colorado Wants to be No. 1 Destination for Life Science Companies

Nearly two dozen Colorado organizations hope to leverage the momentum of a growing life sciences sector in the state with a new campaign that recruits more companies to locate here. The effort, called the Colorado Hub for Health Impact, touts the state's highly educated talent pool, central U.S. location, successful fundraising and more as reasons to make Colorado a hub for health innovation, its leaders say.

Fitzsimons Innovation Community Partners with Colorado Hub for Health Impact, a National Economic Development Campaign to Attract Health Innovation Companies to the State
News | Feb 27, 2024

Fitzsimons Innovation Community Partners with Colorado Hub for Health Impact, a National Economic Development Campaign to Attract Health Innovation Companies to the State

Colorado Hub for Health Impact, a new national economic development campaign elevating Colorado as America’s epicenter for life sciences innovation launches today. More than 20 life sciences organizations, economic development groups, local governments, developers, and builders invest to bring new, high-growth companies to Colorado.

Fitzsimons Innovation Community Receives AC-REP’s Gamechanger Award
News | Feb 22, 2024

Fitzsimons Innovation Community Receives AC-REP’s Gamechanger Award

Aurora's A1 Boxing is helping kids get off the streets and into the ring, and a city initiative is helping to fund it. It's all part of Aurora's goal to put an end to youth violence. Also on this week's show, the Aurora Police Department launches a new high-tech way for residents to track crime in our city; meet an Aurora couple who may have the answer for finding ever-lasting love; and we'll take you behind-the-scenes of the Aurora Eatery at the Town Center of Aurora.

Nature Showcases Strength of Fitzsimons’ Collaborative Environment for Advancing Health Innovation
News | Feb 01, 2024

Nature Showcases Strength of Fitzsimons’ Collaborative Environment for Advancing Health Innovation

Johannes Fruehauf recognized a need for co-working laboratories — flexible rental lab spaces with shared equipment and consumables — a few years before he sold his first biotechnology spin-out company, Cequent Pharmaceuticals, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2010. At the time, he had started providing wet-lab consulting services to venture capitalists, so they could see whether he could replicate results from start-up companies that they were considering investing in. Some of those small companies asked whether they could rent a corner of his lab.

ColoradoBiz Features Cutting-Edge Health Innovations Showcased at Media Pitch Day
News | Dec 14, 2023

ColoradoBiz Features Cutting-Edge Health Innovations Showcased at Media Pitch Day

Dive into the forefront of bioscience at the Fitzsimons Innovation Community Showcase, where groundbreaking advancements redefine health and life sciences. Bioscience companies from across the region showcased their advancements and discoveries on Sept. 27 at an event held at the Benson Hotel and Faculty Club and hosted by Fitzsimons Innovation Community and Aimco.

STAQ Pharma: How One Denver Company Plans to Help with National Cancer Drug Shortage
News | Dec 13, 2023

STAQ Pharma: How One Denver Company Plans to Help with National Cancer Drug Shortage

Staq Pharma Inc. opened its FDA-certified facility for pharmaceutical compounding and packaging in 2019 in Denver. The company plans a similar but larger facility in Columbus.

Innosphere Ventures Fund Announces Major Investment in GelSana to Revolutionize Advanced Wound Care
News | Nov 30, 2023

Innosphere Ventures Fund Announces Major Investment in GelSana to Revolutionize Advanced Wound Care

Fort Collins, CO, Nov. 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Innosphere Ventures Fund is thrilled to announce a significant follow-on investment in GelSana, a groundbreaking company in the advanced wound care industry. GelSana has secured $3.1M to date in both dilutive and non-dilutive funding for its innovative hydrogel technology.

Lohocla Research Announces FDA Clearance of Investigational New Drug Application for Kindolor, a Novel Medicinal Molecule for Treating Chronic Pain
News | Nov 01, 2023

Lohocla Research Announces FDA Clearance of Investigational New Drug Application for Kindolor, a Novel Medicinal Molecule for Treating Chronic Pain

Focusing on non-addictive treatments for chronic pain and addiction, Lohocla Research Corporation gets the go-ahead for first-in-human trials of their first-in-class therapeutic for chronic pain syndromes.

Want to stay on top of what’s happening on campus?

Sign up for regular updates from Fitzsimons Innovation Community.