Bioscience

Bringing research and development to life.

Oklahoma’s biotech companies and public institutes are pioneering research and development in areas such as advanced materials, surfactants development, microscopy, drug-development and healthcare advances.
Oklahoma’s biotech companies and public institutes are pioneering research and development. Our entrepreneurial spirit, collaborative environment and commitment to innovation make Oklahoma a smart location for bioscience operations.
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Connie Lake
Bioscience Specialist
Why Oklahoma

#3 Lowest Cost of Doing Business

(CNBC, 2023)

#1 State Business Tax Climate

Unemployment Insurance Tax Rank

#4 Net Electricity Generation from Renewable Sources

Governing, 2022

#2 Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita

(Tax Foundation, 2022)

Imagine the Possibilities

Oklahoma offers multiple incentive programs to benefit bioscience companies.

The Forefront of Research

University Research Park

University Research Park is a springboard to further biomedical research, encouraging the commercialization of equipment and technologies. The campus has more than 700,000 square feet of modern research lab and office space and is home to more than 40 science-based companies.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

More than 300 researchers at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) make ground-breaking discoveries as they explore the mysteries of human diseases including Alzheimer’s, brain diseases, cancers, diabetes and lupus.

Animal Nutrition and Physiology Research Center

Oklahoma State University’s Animal Nutrition and Physiology Research Center is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to conducting animal studies related to climate variability, production efficiency and sustainability in the areas of animal and human health, genetics, growth, nutrition, reproduction, and general well-being.

As the state’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Cancer Center, Stephenson also ranks No. 1 among all cancer centers in the nation for the number of people participating in NCI-sponsored clinical trials.

(OBI) is the sixth largest, non-profit blood collector in America and one of only 25 cord blood centers worldwide. OBI physicians provide comprehensive training to residents and fellows at The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

In one of the largest and top-funded diabetes research programs in the world—exceeding $100 million over the last decade—Harold Hamm Diabetes Center experts cross disciplines to examine causes and complications of diabetes.

One of the largest and most experienced proton centers in the country and one of just five proton centers in the Southwest, the Oklahoma Proton Therapy Center combines state-of-the-art technology and collaborative partnerships with top institutions like the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute to offer comprehensive treatment solutions and access to national clinical trials.

Oklahoma's Start-Up Scene

Oklahoma is a state that fosters innovative ideas and a pioneering spirit. A hub for life sciences and medical research combines with a focus on growing venture capital and low cost of doing business to create a dynamic state for entrepreneurs.

Architectural rendering showing the future plans for the Oklahoma City Innovation district

The Tom Love Innovation Hub is a leader in Oklahoma’s entrepreneurial sector. Its programs have rapidly grown, producing an estimated economic impact of more than $200 million on the Oklahoma economy since 2018.

i2E’s investment arm, Plains Ventures, has more than $102 million of investment capital under management. Plains Ventures serves Oklahoma companies in all phases of the business life cycle, from startups looking for their first round of capital to established businesses seeking funding to expand their markets or products.

Entrepreneur's Cup

The Entrepreneur’s Cup, presented by i2E, is the only statewide collegiate business plan competition that simulates the real-world process of researching a market, writing a business plan, and making a presentation to potential investors. In its 20-year history, nearly 2,700 college students from 30 campuses statewide have been awarded $2.45 million in cash, as well as additional scholarships and fellowships.

Located east of downtown Oklahoma City and already the home of the city’s bioscience sector, the Innovation District is an epicenter for collaboration, innovation, opportunity, and economic growth. The district’s strategic plan for growth will create additional opportunities for next-level innovation, investing in high-quality places where research institutions, firms, and talent concentrate and connect.

A Ready Workforce

  • 180,000+ employed in bioscience
  • 41% growth in life science program studies since 2010
  • Cyber Security and Informatics in Healthcare: The University of Tulsa (TU) is one of 14 federally-designated Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education. TU’s Collins College of Business offers a minor in Healthcare Informatics which combines technology with healthcare to support better patient outcomes by transformingthe planning, delivery and management of healthcare.
Oklahoma offers vast benefits to our company and our employees. The success of our business is dependent upon being able to offer the highest quality motor-homes to our customers – thanks to Oklahoma’s skilled and dedicated workforce, we are able to do just that.
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Companies and Research Cultivated in Oklahoma

Click below to view the Innovation District’s interactive map of biotechnology organizations.

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