Steve VanNurden is President and CEO of the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (FRA) in Aurora, Colorado. The FRA was formed in 1996 as a unique partnership between the University of Colorado and the City of Aurora Colorado to imagine and create one of the world’s most forward looking healthcare and life science districts. Currently home to 46 companies, the FRA is committed to building a vibrant life sciences community by providing companies with the resources and environment in which to thrive.
Prior to coming to the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, Mr. VanNurden was Chair of Mayo Clinic Ventures, the commercialization arm of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. During Mr.VanNurden’s tenure, Mayo Clinic Ventures commercialized nearly 2,000 Mayo Clinic discoveries, inventions and other Intellectual Property primarily through conventional licensing agreements. In 1998, the Technology Based Ventures (TBV) program was added to Mayo Clinic Ventures, which allows Mayo to evaluate internal technologies for possible formation of new start-up companies. The program has resulted in the formation of over 45 companies since inception. Previous to becoming Chair of Mayo Clinic Ventures, Mr. VanNurden held a variety of positions in the other operating divisions during his 22 years at Mayo Clinic, including being the first Director of Electronic Publishing in the Health Information Division. During Mr. VanNurden’s tenure, several award-winning CD ROMs and websites were created, including the business strategies, product developments and successful launch of Mayo Clinic Health Oasis and Mayo Clinic HealthQuest Online in 1995 (now known as MayoClinic.com) websites. He also served as an industry liaison to the U.S. Health and Human Services Committee on the Emergence of Interactive Health Communication.
Previously, Mr. VanNurden held management positions at Cargill, Inc., US Bank and was vice-president of Aerodrome Airline Services, Inc., a small aviation company. Mr. VanNurden holds degrees in Accounting and Finance and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Mr. VanNurden is married to Brenda, who taught elementary school for the past 26 years. They are parents to three sons: Reggie is 25, Tyler is 22 and Nolan is 20 years old.