OKC VeloCity | Oklahomans share state bioscience story with the world

Oklahomans share state bioscience story with the world

By David McCollum / Economy / June 4, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY – Scientists, business leaders, educators and economic development officers from across the state of Oklahoma are taking best of Oklahoma bioscience to Boston in order to garner interest in one of Oklahoma’s fastest-growing economic powerhouses at the 2018 BIO International Convention, June 4-8. 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 Accele Biopharma, Agric-Bioformatics, ARL Bio Pharma, Biolytx Pharmaceuticals, Caisson Biotech, DEHA, DRIK, Emergent Technologies, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, i2E, Moleculera Labs, Norman Economic Development Coalition, OKBio, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, OMRF, OneNet, OU Office of Technology Development, Ponca City Development Authority, Progentec Diagnostics, Pure MHC, Sevengenes, University of Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and University of Oklahoma Stephenson Biomedical Engineering 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 Boston, the OKBio delegation will host an evening reception for potential clients at the District Hall Assembly Room, 75 Northern Avenue, on Tuesday, June 5 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.

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