Leaders Share Oklahoma’s Bioscience Story with the World

Monday, June 19, 2017

More than 30 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 one of Oklahoma’s newest economic powerhouses at the 2017 BIO International Convention, June 19-23. This delegation will spend four days promoting the accomplishments of the Oklahoma bioscience sector and meeting with potential business partners.

“The momentum for this region’s bioscience industry has truly never been stronger,” said Roy H. Williams, CCE, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “The groundbreaking research being conducted in Oklahoma City alongside the opportunities for collaboration and investment set our bioscience community apart from many locations across the nation. A perfect example of this is the recent sale of Selexsys to global pharmaceutical giant Novartis, proof that what is happening here is generating international interest.”

All of the attendees’ 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 and six meeting areas. 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. 

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. 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 Hilton San Diego Gaslamp on Tuesday, June 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 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.