A few weeks ago, Oklahoma’s robust bioscience industry was on display at the 2015 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia. Frequent readers of The POINT! know that bioscience is an important industry in Oklahoma – the Interstate 35 corridor from Stillwater to Ardmore is distinguished by its research and innovation, and in Oklahoma the bioscience industry supports 51,000 jobs and more than $6.7 billion in economic activity.
We are a state of intellectual dreamers and determined doers, a fact that is reflected in the explosive growth of our tech-based industries. Bioscience growth in Oklahoma outpaced the nation’s average by almost 2 percent between 2001-2007, and the industry continues to see commercial and scientific success. We didn’t reach this success overnight, but we have made progress in remarkable ways. Fourteen years ago when the Oklahoma delegation first attended the BIO convention, we barely had a group identity. Today, the businesses and organizations that make up our bioscience industry are an innovative force making a mark on medical, pharmaceutical and agricultural fields.
Oklahoma is continuing to capitalize on the opportunities for success found in its bioscience industry, and more opportunities for growth are on the horizon. It is my hope and belief that the next 15 years of progress will far surpass what we have seen in the last 15 years. We are poised for success.