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Chamber-led delegation heads to Philly to sell Oklahoma’s Bioscience sector

By Chamber Staff / Economy / June 3, 2019

Scientists, business leaders, educators and economic development officers from across the state of Oklahoma will take the best of Oklahoma bioscience to Philadelphia in order to garner interest in one of Oklahoma’s fastest-growing economic powerhouses at the 2019 BIO International Convention, June 3-6. The delegation will promote the accomplishments of the Oklahoma bioscience sector and meet with potential business partners.

“Oklahoma is fast-becoming a breeding ground for the bioscience industry,” said Roy H. Williams, CCE, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “There is groundbreaking research being conducted in Oklahoma City and, alongside the opportunities for collaboration and investment, our bioscience community stands head and shoulders above many locations across the nation.”

Representatives from Agric-Bioformatics, ARL BioPharma/DNA Solutions, Ascend BioVentures, Biolytx Pharmaceuticals, COARE Biotechnology, Cytovance Biologics, i2E, Kirrhos Pharmaceuticals, Moleculera Labs, Nature Technology Corporation, Norman Economic Development Coalition, OCA Ventures, OCAST, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma State University, OneNet, OU Health Sciences Center, Progentec Diagnostics, Tulsa Regional Chamber, and the University of Oklahoma will comprise the OKBio delegation.

The delegation’s efforts will be marketed under the banner of the Oklahoma Bioscience Association (OKBio), where they will help staff a 1,200-square-foot Oklahoma Bioscience Pavilion complete with touch-screen monitors showcasing Oklahoma’s bioscience companies. The delegation will answer questions from prospective targets that might be interested in doing business in Oklahoma. Attendees will also attend networking events and set partnering meetings with business contacts who may be interested in their specific endeavors.

Oklahoma’s bioscience sector currently contributes more than $6.7 billion in economic activity and supports more than 51,000 Oklahoma jobs. The sector also produces annual revenues of more than $4.1 billion. OKBio represents more than 500 bioscience-related businesses and organizations across the state and is the voice for Oklahoma’s dynamic and diverse bioscience community. OKBio works with partners statewide to foster productive bioscience partnerships and facilitate access to investment capital.

While in Philadelphia, the OKBio delegation will host an evening reception for potential clients at ONE North Broad on Tuesday, June 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The BIO International Convention attracts attendees from across the globe and the Oklahoma delegation typically connects with more than 4,000 of those attendees.

This story was originally written for the June 2019 Point.

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