Academia, industry combine to boost Oklahoma’s presence at annual BIO show

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 5:00 am By: Jim Stafford Source: NewsOK

SAN DIEGO — When Tom Kupiec looked to either side, he saw more than a pair of fellow Oklahomans joining him at a small conference table on the floor of the San Diego Convention Center.

The trio represented a collaborative effort to take the story of Oklahoma's life sciences industry cluster to the world at the 2017 BIO show here.

“This is great example of where academia partners with industry to further the public-private partnerships,” said Kupiec, owner of Oklahoma City's Analytical Research Laboratories and DNA Solutions.

Seated to Kupiec's left was Charles Rice, associate professor in University of Oklahoma's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. On Kupiec's right was Blake Hopiavuori, a Venture Fellow in OU's Office of Technology Development.

“Academia meets with industry here to further those public-private partnerships,” Kupiec said. “That is exactly what we are interested in — working together collaboratively in the development of the future of the Innovation District.”

Both of Kupiec's companies are based in the University Research Park at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, which is in the heart of Oklahoma City's Innovation District envisioned for the campus.

Oklahoma's collective effort to promote itself at the BIO show, which concluded Thursday, as a center for life science research and business activity drew participants from a variety of industries.


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