OCAST: Growing and diversifying Oklahoma’s economy
For almost 30 years the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) has supported innovations and technologies that impact the world far beyond the borders of our state. We are committed to diversifying the state’s economy through science and technology while helping to create jobs and bring greater prosperity to Oklahoma.
It is through our peer-reviewed programs where the OCAST impact is far-reaching. Initiatives such as the Oklahoma Applied Research Support (OARS) program, the Oklahoma Intern Partnerships program and the Oklahoma SBIR Collaborative Resource (OSCR) program are well known among the state’s scientific and small business communities.
This past year, each of our program elements made a major impact on the advancement of medical diagnostic and treatment protocols, development of new industrial products and processes and promoting college and career paths for students in our education system.
In this report, you will read about how the OARS program helped HydroHoist, a 50-year-old Claremore company, expand its product line beyond the boating industry and into agricultural applications.
You will also find a report on how OCAST and our partners at the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance brought together a unique collaboration involving a pair of Oklahoma businesses and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to manufacture and market the BoarBuster feral hog trap.
We spotlight the contribution of the Oklahoma SBIR Collaborative Resources (OSCR) program that we run in conjunction with our strategic partner i2E in helping Oklahoma City-based Accele BioPharma win a $299,000 Phase I grant from the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
You will also learn how the OCAST Intern Partnerships program helped an Oklahoma City Community College biotech student launch her career at Cytovance Biologics, a biomedical research and manufacturing company in Oklahoma City.
As you look at the numbers and read these short profiles, I am confident that you will gain insight into the positive and far-reaching impact that OCAST has on Oklahoma’s economy. As we begin another year, we look forward to continuing to unleash the research and innovation capacity of the people, institutions and small businesses in our state and continuing the growth and diversification of Oklahoma’s economy.
Read more in the 2016 Impact Report