Nan Fung Life Sciences Real Estate (“NFLSRE”) is an innovative, premier real estate investment and operating company established in 2019 focused on acquiring, developing and managing life sciences related properties in innovation-driven markets across the United States and United Kingdom.
Based in Boston MA, NFLSRE is led by a world class management team with over 75 years of combined life sciences real estate development and operations experience.
NFLSRE is a subsidiary of Nan Fung Group, a Hong Kong based global conglomerate with core businesses in property development and investment. With net assets around $13 billion, the Group’s track record spans over 165 projects comprising over 66 million square feet. The Group also holds a well-diversified financial investment portfolio and has made significant investments in the life science sector globally.
We providently address the unmet needs of the Life Science Industry by delivering best-in-class real estate solutions to vital innovation clusters.How We Do It
NFLSRE leverages unrivaled experience, a unique & intimate understanding of the life science industry as well as innovative technologies to deliver targeted real estate solutions.
NFLSRE values its relationships with its tenant partners and endeavors for them to be symbiotic and long-lasting.
Mr. Matthew Powers is the CEO of Nan Fung Life Sciences Real Estate. Prior to joining NFLSRE, Mr. Powers has over 20 years of experience working for large biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in strategy, supply, operations and real estate positions. Mr. Powers made a very successful transition as a leader of life science brokerage at JLL in 2015, where he leveraged his prior experiences to be a strategic advisor to organizations across the full spectrum of the life science industry as well as geographical markets.
Prior to JLL, Mr. Powers held a hybrid role as Head of Real Estate and Infrastructure Operations as well as Strategy Program Manager for Merck Millipore’s Biosciences Division. He led the company’s real estate strategy and transaction management, responsible for a portfolio of six million square feet across 41 locations. In 2006, Mr. Powers established Chimera Management, a real estate solutions service provider to biotech and life sciences organizations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Powers enjoyed the fortuity of working for venerated biotech pillars Genzyme and Genetics Institute, the latter being acquired by the pharmaceutical giant Wyeth during his tenure.
Director of Development and Property Management
Mr. Asmar is the Director of Development and Property Management of Nan Fung Life Sciences Real Estate. Paul is responsible for the development and subsequent operating activity of the company’s real estate assets. Prior to joining NFLSRE, Paul was the head of U.S Real Estate and Property Services for Millipore Sigma leading a team to develop a new 350,000 square foot life science headquarters. Paul’s previous experience includes holding various positions with Johnson Controls, EMCOR Facilities Services, DTZ (now Cushman Wakefield) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Capital Planning and Operations. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University.
Mr. Hunnewell is a Vice President with Nan Fung Life Sciences Real Estate. At NFLSRE Nick is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, underwriting and structuring investment opportunities.Nick is also intimately involved with marketing, leasing, design, budgeting and converting properties post acquisition. Prior to joining NFLSRE, Nick was a graduate student at The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he received his MBA in June 2019. Before Tuck, Nick spent five years at The Riverside Company, a middle-market private equity firm based in New York City, most recently as a Senior Associate. Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Colby College.
Senior Vice President of Construction
Mr. Brian Keenan is the Senior Vice President of Construction with Nan Fung Life Sciences Real Estate. Brian has been active in the commercial construction industry for more than 20 years. Prior to joining NFLSRE, he was a Project Executive with Siena Construction where he oversaw Siena’s construction projects as well as business and corporate development. At Siena, Brian focused on life science and corporate interior projects. Brian studied Business Management at Norwich University.
Senior Vice President of Development
As the Senior Vice President of Development, Mr. Denny Whitten is responsible for the Nan Fung property cycle from acquisition through tenant move-in. Denny brings over 16 years of experience, with 4.5 million square feet of projects at an aggregate value of $2.5 billion under his belt. Denny’s portfolio has been focused on complex projects and includes buildings in the life science, healthcare, pharmaceutical, cultural and commercial sectors.
Prior to joining Nan Fung, Denny worked at Northstar providing development management and advisory services. Earlier in his career, Denny spent time in the Middle East looking after large projects for SOM. Denny holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Northeastern University. His passions include skiing, championing the arts, fishing, coaching his kid’s sports teams and just about anything on a boat. Denny has two kids and lives in Beverly.
Mr. John Beres is the Controller at Nan Fung Life Sciences Real Estate. At NFLSRE John is responsible for overseeing accounting operations and managing system implementations along with a variety of other accounting related activities. John brings over 10 years of industry experience. Prior to joining NFSLRE he worked with The Bulfinch Companies Inc. and Torrington Properties. John holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Accounting and Economics from Nichols College and is currently completing his MBA at Bentley University.
Senior Property Manager
Ms. Jackie Lake Anderson is a Senior Property Manager with Nan Fung Life Sciences Real Estate. Jackie holds over 15 years of commercial real estate experience and is responsible for managing NFLSRE’s Boston Assets. Prior to joining NFLSRE in 2021, Jackie was the Senior Manager with Lincoln Property Company managing assets in the Charlestown area. Jackie’s previous experiences throughout her career include but are not limited to, assisted in managing 430,000 square feet of life science in Greater Boston, 3.8 million square feet for multiple REITs in the Scottsdale Arizona area, and 28 mixed-use properties in the Historic Back Bay. Working along Paul Asmar, Jackie also managed Millipore Sigma’s 350,000 square foot life science headquarters.
Senior Engineering Manager
Mr. Steve Slishman is the Senior Engineering Manager at Nan Fung Life Sciences Real Estate. He began his career by serving six years in the Navy focusing on a wide variety of mechanical systems and steam plants. Steve has been the department head responsible for property operation, maintenance, project management, and capital planning for various assets including class A urban offices, 5-star luxury resorts, and high density mixed-used developments. Steve specializes in transitioning facilities from construction to efficient operations. He’s a certified building analyst, Six Sigma Blackbelt in process improvement and a former construction supervisor.
Mr. Michael Lozanne is an experienced Finance Manager, focusing on finance and accounting support operations. Driven by the success of the organization, he takes pride in meeting objectives and performing deep dive data analytics for the company. Prior to joining the organization, Michael worked for the Boston Housing Authority, transforming the payroll department. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from North Carolina Central University.
Mr. Max Callahan is a Project Manager on the NFLSRE team. He has over ten years of experience in life science and commercial construction. Previous experience includes space planning and facilities management at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and construction project management at Siena Construction. At NFLSRE, Max brings invaluable expertise gained from both ventures to provide a unique and comprehensive perspective of all sides of the business.