Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Well-Known Denver Real Estate Developer John M. Shaw to Oversee Properties in the Colorado Life Science District at Fitzsimons

Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (FRA) has selected John M. Shaw as a consultant to oversee its real estate projects in the Colorado Life Science District at Fitzsimons. The announcement is made by Steve VanNurden, FRA President & CEO, who says, "John brings more than three decades of leadership and experience in successful real estate development, operational management and civic engagement to FRA’s projects.”

Over his career, Shaw has managed the development of more than 20 million square feet of commercial properties throughout the western United States. He recently left his position as Executive Vice President of McWhinney, a Colorado-based development company with significant assets in Loveland, Broomfield and Denver.

Further, VanNurden says, “John’s extensive track record of successful real estate development projects makes him the ideal partner to continue the FRA’s vision to build a world class life science district at Fitzsimons.”

Link to the PitchEngine posting

Recent Groundbreaking: Bioscience 2 Building 

In April, FRA in conjunction with the University of Colorado broke ground on the new Bioscience 2 building. Quoting VanNurden from the March 26th release: “The new Bioscience 2 building will not only be home to the University’s innovative bioengineering program, it will provide a unique opportunity for commercial bioscience companies to interact on a daily basis with highly talented students from the university.” For more information, visit:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

People On The Move: Dustin Whistler, New CBSA Director

Quoting from the May 12th posting:

"Dustin Whistler, Principal, Forte Commercial Real Estate (Denver) was appointed to the CBSA board in April and introduced to the membership at the 2014 All-Member meeting. He is Chair of the CBSA Membership Committee.

Link to the Denver Business Journal

Saturday, May 10, 2014

InnovatioNews: Boggs, Whistler are newest Colorado BioScience Association board members

Quoting from the May 9th posting:

"Marcus Boggs, founder of Colorado Springs-based CEA Medical Manufacturing, and Dustin Whistler, Denver-based Forte Commercial Real Estate principal, are the two newest Colorado BisoScience Association board members.

The new board members were introduced to the board at CBSA’s 2014 Annual All-Member meeting recently held at the Omni Interlocken Resort."

Link to InnovatioNews

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Video Overview and Questions: Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) in Colorado

BEN Colorado's Executive Director J.B. Holston - @jholston - shared the Network's vision at the 2014 Colorado BioScience Association All-Member Meeting at the Omni Interlocken:

Quoting from the BEN Colorado website about the program:

"The Blackstone Charitable Foundation has selected the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado to host its first expansion of its innovative Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network.

Through a gift of $4 million, the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in Colorado (BEN Colorado) will strengthen and grow the networks across the aerospace, bioscience, digital/technology, energy, and natural foods sectors.

BEN Colorado will initially focus on the Boulder and Denver Metro Area regions. BEN Colorado will work with Master Entrepreneurs and Advisors to open up important networks of influence to a select number of companies on the verge of rapidly 'scaling up'. The goal is to extend, expand, and connect the networks of experience and expertise in and outside of Colorado.

On April 23, 2014, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation formally launched the program at an event featuring Governor John Hickenlooper, Senator Michael Bennet, University of Colorado President Bruce Benson, University of Colorado-Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano, Blackstone Charitable Foundation Executive Director Amy Stursberg, and The Blackstone Group Managing Director Jon Gray."

Link to the BEN Colorado website

Link to the related Xconomy article

Friday, May 9, 2014

Colorado BioScience Association Announces Two New Directors at Annual All-Member Meeting

Denver, CO – May 9, 2014 - The Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) introduced two new board members to its membership at the 2014 Annual All-Member meeting held at the Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, CO, yesterday. The announcement is made by Derek Cole, Chairperson of the Board of Directors and April Giles, CBSA President and CEO of CBSA. “We are very proud of our Board and the work they do to advance our industry,” Giles stated. 
New CBSA Directors:

Marcus Boggs, Founder, CEA Medical Manufacturing (Colorado Springs) - He has been involved in the medical device business for over 25 years and founded CEA in 1988.

Dustin Whistler, Principal, Forte Commercial Real Estate (Denver) - Chair of the CBSA Membership Committee and founder and principal at Forte Commercial Real Estate.

Link to the Business Wire

Link to the Pitch Engine social media release