Meetings with potential partners essential to BIO experience for OKBio groupPublished: Thursday, June 7, 2018 By: Jim Stafford Source: The Oklahoman
BOSTON — It was the ultimate compliment paid to the group representing Oklahoma at the BIO 2018 convention at the Boston Convention Center.
A representative with Thermo Fisher Scientific had just concluded a one-on-one partnering meeting Wednesday with James Tomasek, Ph.D., vice president for research at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, when he glanced across the busy Oklahoma exhibition space.
“You guys have an impressive presence here,” he said.
That assessment was just what Oklahomans like Tomasek and others in the OKBio group wanted to hear this week.
Scientists and company representatives from around the world have flocked to the Oklahoma exhibition space for multiple one-on-one partnering meetings throughout each day.
Those meetings here at the BIO show are critical for showcasing Oklahoma's technologies and capabilities to the world, Tomasek said.
“Without this kind of environment, it's very difficult to do that,” he said. “Without this, being able to come to BIO, it would be difficult for us to make the number of contacts that we do for our technologies."