Biotech in OKC: synergies spark achievement

Published: Monday, November 30, 2020 By: Chamber Staff Source: VeloCity

Editor's note: this overview of scientific discovery in Oklahoma City is part of our multimedia feature "Brilliant: Soaring Science from a Rising Bio Campus". We hope this intro on Biotech in OKC encourages you to check out the "Brilliant: Soaring Science from a Rising Bio Campus" feature story on and share it with family, friends, neighbors and potential residents/investors.

OKC’s bio boom began with promising science and the infrastructure to support success. Characteristic pioneer spirit and an entrepreneurial bent help explain its current leap to the forefront as a biotech player.

The groundwork was laid when the nonprofit Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation was built adjacent to the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Given its early ties to the State Legislature, OU was located, auspiciously, between the Capitol Corridor and Downtown OKC.

In the early 20th century, OU Medicine evolved into an exemplary academic medical center with three teaching hospitals (OU Medical Center, Children’s Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Hospital).

The modern campus spans 300 acres and has spawned a boggling array of facilities and expertise. The synergies and shared resources between the university and OMRF drive today’s dynamic biomedical complex.

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