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  • Cathy O’Connor

Bioscience key to health industry

In the recent Brookings Institution report, the health industry was recognized as a major industry in our region. One of the major contributors to this is the bioscience industry.

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber reports Oklahoma’s bioscience sector currently contributes more than $6.7 billion in economic activity and supports more than 51,000 Oklahoma jobs. Many of those companies are located in the Oklahoma City metro area.

The proximity of prominent health entities, such as the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Dean McGee Eye Institute, Hough Ear Institute and Stephenson Cancer Center, combined with research partners such as the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, i2E and the Presbyterian Health Foundation, already creates opportunities for collaboration. The implementation of the Innovation District will spur even more robust collaborations that move research from concept to market. Just like a catalyst in the lab, industry-relevant research creates more opportunities for bioscience startups and attracts new health and science companies to our city.

Read the full article at The Journal Record

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