Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - Leaders from Across the State Share Oklahoma’s Bioscience Story with the World

Leaders from Across the State Share Oklahoma’s Bioscience Story with the World

Thursday, June 26, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY, June 19, 2014 – More than 70 scientists, business leaders, educators and economic development officers from across the state of Oklahoma will take the best of Oklahoma bioscience to San Diego in order to garner interest in Oklahoma’s bioscience industry at the 2014 BIO International Convention, June 23-26. This delegation will spend four days promoting the accomplishments of the Oklahoma bioscience sector and meeting with potential business partners.

“The number of contributions that Oklahoma companies have made to the bioscience community is extensive and impressive,” said Roy Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “Not only do we have one of the best agricultural research institutions in the world, but we have also made significant contributions to research on the human genome, diabetes, blindness and cancer. While at BIO, companies will be able to promote their own accomplishments in these areas while also telling the Oklahoma story to a broader audience.”

All of the attendees’ efforts will be marketed under the banner of the Oklahoma Bioscience Association (OKBio), where they will help staff a 1,600-square-foot Oklahoma Bioscience Pavilion complete with touch-screen monitors showcasing Oklahoma’s bioscience companies and three conference rooms. The delegation will answer questions from prospective targets that might be looking to do business in Oklahoma. Attendees will also attend networking events and set partnering meetings with business contacts who may be interested in their specific endeavors.

Paul DeAngelis, chief scientist with Caisson Biotech, has attended BIO with the Oklahoma delegation for eight years and has watched the group grow with more biotech-ready and business-savvy people each year.

“BIO is a great meeting spot to talk with potential and existing commercial partners,” DeAngelis said. “People are uniformly impressed with Oklahoma’s biotech efforts and vitality. And a friendly OKBio support team is there to facilitate any and all steps.”

As an example of Oklahoma’s bioscience growth and success, the Greater Oklahoma City region’s bioscience employment grew 17.8 percent between 2001 and 2008, outpacing the 15.9 percent growth nationally. The industry continues to provide jobs with an average annual wage of nearly $50,000, more than $12,000 greater than the average private sector annual wage for Greater Oklahoma City’s total private sector. Throughout the state, pockets of research excellence continue to develop in Oklahoma City, Ponca City, Ardmore, Stillwater and Norman.

In the mix of the successes is the OKBio, which represents more than 500 bioscience-related businesses and organizations across the state. OKBio is the voice for Oklahoma’s dynamic and diverse bioscience community, and it works with partners statewide to foster productive bioscience partnerships and facilitate access to investment capital.

While in San Diego, the OKBio delegation will also host an evening reception for potential clients at the Hard Rock Hotel on June 24 from 7-9 p.m. The BIO International Convention attracts attendees from across the globe to attend, and the Oklahoma delegation typically connects with more than 4,000 of those attendees.

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Media: For more information, please contact Kaylee McDaniel at kmcdaniel@okcchamber.com or 405-778-9808. Photos and interviews are available upon request. For more Oklahoma bioscience story ideas, visit http://bit.ly/OKBioStories.