Courtesy of The Journal Record
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber was presented the Hall of Fame Recognition Award by the Oklahoma Bioscience Association on Wednesday.
The award was presented for the Oklahoma City Chamber’s leadership in building Oklahoma’s bioscience community.
The Oklahoma Bioscience Association presented awards at a dinner Wednesday at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City.
Diana Spencer, assistant professor and biotechnology program coordinator, Tulsa Community College, was presented the Community Recognition Award.
Other finalists for the Community Recognition Award included Rod Whitson, an Oklahoma banking executive and angel investor, and Gabe Pardo, who leads the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
Immy, a Norman-based diagnostic development company operated by brothers Sean Bauman and Scott Bauman, was presented the Innovation Recognition Award.
Other finalists for the Innovation Recognition Award included Caisson Biotech, which uses a natural sugar polymer to provide a safer approach to drug delivery, and VADovations Inc., which is developing an implantable heart assist pump to treat heart failure.
Richard Kopke, a physician and scientist with the Hough Ear Institute in Oklahoma City, received the Research Recognition Award.
Other finalists for the Researcher Recognition Award included Robert Broyles, co-founder of Oklahoma City-based EpimedX who discovered a molecule that shows great promise in delivering a cure for Sickle Cell disease, and Lloyd Sumner, a scientist with the Ardmore-based Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation who is a pioneering researcher in the field of plant metabolism.