OCAST: A History of Science and Technology Success
One successful venture makes for a good story, but multiple successes make great stories. What we see at the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) time and again is how companies leverage OCAST support to further launch their innovations and impact not only locally, but also globally.
From the success of Choctaw Defense, who worked with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance (OMA), to secure contracts from many branches of the military to protect our soldiers, to the astounding health-related sugar science research and development by Dr. Paul DeAngelis of Hyalose LLC, Oklahoma companies are making a huge contribution to our state’s economy.
Our Intern Partnership program continues to connect Oklahoma students with science and technology companies to enable real world experience on how science impacts our world. Our cover photo is an example of the one of the 283 interns supported by our program this year.
Iofina, based in western Oklahoma, is a great example of tapping into a unique resource as the third largest producer of iodine in the world and turning it into more jobs to grow the state’s economy. On the nanotechnology front, XploSafe of Stillwater has been highly successful in identifying and assessing contents of explosives that threaten the safety of our citizens. These are all companies we are proud to support.
This history of success involves working with researchers, entrepreneurs and companies by helping fund their research, working through the proof-of-concept process and connecting them to investment capital and other researchers and resources to grow their ideas. To date, we have made awards to 2,455 companies.
From job creation to improved quality of life to a more diversified economy, the impact of OCAST and the citizens and companies we serve are a testament to the strength of the state’s science and technology community. We look forward to adding to our history of success.