U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and Chief Operating Officer Dennis Alvord met with coalition members, including industry and education leaders and community-based organizations, in Oklahoma City on Sept. 21 to celebrate the Oklahoma Biotech Innovation Cluster initiative.
Attendees toured the Convergence building and Innovation Hall construction sites in the Oklahoma City Innovation District; the tour was followed by a roundtable discussion of projects that comprise the Oklahoma Biotech Innovation Cluster.
In remarks leading off the roundtable discussion, OU President Joseph Harroz, Jr. said, “This Build Back Better Regional Challenge and the Oklahoma Biotech Innovation Cluster is the culmination of decades of work that can lead to remarkably better health outcomes and economic prosperity for the state. The critical element is partnership; our researchers will lead four of the six projects, but not a single element will be done alone. …We could not be more thankful for this opportunity.”
The Oklahoma Biotech Innovation Cluster is led by the Oklahoma City Economic Development Foundation and is one of 21 recipients of the Economic Development Administration American Rescue Plan Build Back Better Regional Challenge. It is a coalition of more than 40 member organizations, spearheaded by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber alongside the University of Oklahoma, and industry leadership and vision from Echo Investment Capital.