Welcome to Oklahoma BioScience Association
We create partnerships, educate communities, and influence policies, in support of our life-changing industry.
OKBio promotes the growth of biosciences and life sciences in Oklahoma through partnership building, education and outreach, networking, policy development and publicity.
What We Do
OKBio is the voice for Oklahoma’s dynamic and diverse bioscience and life sciences community. In collaboration with partners statewide, OKBio works to:
Build Oklahoma’s image as an emerging leader in biosciences and life sciences
Foster productive bioscience and life science networks and partnerships
Provide education and information on topics both timely and relevant to the bioscience and life science community
Enhance Oklahoma’s bioscience and life science research and business climate
Educate elected officials and the public about the importance of supporting biosciences and life sciences in building our economy and improving our quality of life
Facilitates connections to investment capital
Develop entrepreneurial bioscience and life science talent and a skilled workforce
Build a bioscience and life science-friendly business climate
The OKBio BrewFest showcases Oklahoma breweries while raising awareness of Oklahoma’s diverse bioscience industry. Many of the state’s most popular breweries, wineries and distilleries are featured at this event and more than 500 people across the community attend.
In 2004, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber formed a Regional Bioscience Strategy Steering Committee to develop a vision for the region’s bioscience future and a road map outlining strategies and actions for achieving it. The Chamber, and the newly formed Committee, then commissioned a study of the biotech industry in Oklahoma.
Recognizing that the potential for bioscience and life sciences growth encompassed the entire state, one of the report’s key recommendations was to create a statewide association to provide a focal point and driver for the state’s diverse and growing bioscience and life sciences community.
In response to the industry study, the Oklahoma BioScience Association, a 501(c)(3) corporation, was incorporated in the spring of 2008.
Innovators & Entrepreneurs Magazine | BIO Edition
i2E's Life Science Investments
Supporting groundbreaking medical technologies to benefit patients worldwide
In This Issue
Emerging OKBio Startups
Ascend Bioventures, MaxQ, Progentec Diagnostics, Simergent, Tethrex Pharmaceuticals
Oklahoma State University launches new center to help better respond to pandemics and other challenges
OMRF researchers discover novel compound with potential to reverse vision loss
Eye For An Eye
Dean McGee Eye Institute Laboratories yield groundbreaking discoveries in quest to foster better vision for everyone
Innovators & Entrepreneurs Magazine BIO Edition includes stories of Oklahoma researchers and bioscience and life sciences organizations and their breakthrough discoveries
The OKBio Advantage
A key competitive advantage is the availability of non-dilutive and early stage seed capital to support emerging bioscience and life sciences companies combined with proven value-added resources to promote commercialization and assist start-ups in the state.
Our Sustaining Sponsors
Join OKBIO and receive these member benefits:
OKBio partners with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) to provide our sponsors with the largest cost-savings program in the life sciences industry. This program, BIO Business Solutions, provides discounted pricing and other benefits on products and services to companies such as VWR, Office Depot, Chubb, UPS and UniFirst.
On average, OKBio sponsors participating in this program saved over $50,000 on lab supplies, UPS shipping, insurance and more!! Think what your organization could save!
OKBio’s affiliation with the BIO, the world’s largest biotechnology organization, provides access to federal advocacy, business development and communications services.
BIO organizes the BIO International Convention — the largest convention in the industry. OKBio and the Greater OKC Chamber sponsor a partnering booth for Oklahoma-based bioscience and life science companies to effectively network with and gain attention from global industry representatives at this annual event.
News & Announcements
We take pride in promoting awareness by telling the stories of the significant research and technology development that takes place in our State.
Keep informed about bioscience and life science happenings in Oklahoma by networking with peers at numerous events and informal forums.
Industry Connections & Relations
OKBio maintains a comprehensive network of contact in the industry, academia, research, service and government sectors. Whether a sponsor needs assistance getting a foot in the door or simply needs to know who to contact regarding a particular issue, OKBio can help make connections.