Wednesday, September 03, 2014

ColoradoBiz: 'Anschutz Medical Campus takes shape as a veritable city of health sciences'

Quoting from the September issue:

"Seven years after the former Fitzsimons Army post was redeveloped as a hub for health care, education and research, the campus is doing exactly what it was created to do: breeding companies based on research developed at the hospitals and school on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus...

...'Last year we added nine companies,' said Steve VanNurden, president and chief executive of the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (FRA), which oversees the Science + Technology Park. 'A lot of the companies come from the university. It’s great to see new intellectual property is coming right across the street.'

In 2012, the FRA recruited VanNurden from Mayo Clinic Ventures, the invention arm for the Minnesota-based medical group, a testament to increased attention the medical research community is paying to the Anschutz campus..."

...The FRA is re-evaluating the decade-old master plan that envisioned recruiting major bioscience companies that would build their own facilities. Now it’s focused on aligning itself with research institutions such as the University of Colorado.

'The need for the Pfizers of the world to build facilities has diminished as they’ve put more focus on research institutions,' said John Shaw, an independent consultant the FRA hired to oversee its real estate projects in the district. 'There are 150 acres of property to be developed. That allows us to look at a number of other uses to support the hospitals and research centers. We’re looking at what we can place in the property that will enhance what is currently there.'

Those uses could include student housing and a hotel, in addition to laboratory and office space for emerging companies."

 Link to ColoradoBiz for full article

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