Oklahoma Innovations - OCAST's Official Newsletter
OCAST chooses Wise, Mather to lead board; Gov. appoints Parman to lead ODOC
Sherri Lynn Wise of Tulsa has been elected chair and Dr. Timothy Mather of Oklahoma City was elected vice-chair of the Oklahoma Science and Technology Research and Development Board (OSTRaD). The board serves as the governing authority for the Oklahoma center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).
Former Oklahoma Secretary of State Larry Parman became a member of the OCAST governing board when he was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin to be director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) effective November 1.
In his new role, Secretary Parman will oversee day-to-day operations at ODOC and will act as a liaison to the governor. He will continue his service as senior policy advisory to the governor.
Before joining the Governor’s leadership team, Secretary Parman was CEO of Parman and Easterday, an Oklahoma City estate planning, elder law and business planning firm. He was a partner and leader of other private businesses and is an author and co-author of multiple books. He has served on the boards of several groups including the Oklahoma Council on Economic Development.
Wise replaces Dr. Terry Salmon of Oklahoma City as chair and Mather replaces W. Hershel Lamirand III as vice-chair. Wise has previously served both as chair and vice-chair of the OCAST governing board.
Terms for newly elected leaders begin January 1, 2014.
OCAST is the state’s technology-based economic development agency and helped create and provide partial funding for the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, headquartered in Tulsa, and the Oklahoma Technology Commercialization Center operated under contract with i2E (Innovation to Enterprise) with offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Ms. Wise serves as president and CEO of the Osteopathic Founders Foundation in Tulsa and, as a certified public accountant, has worked with several firms including Special Olympics Oklahoma Inc. in Tulsa. She was president of that group from 1993-1996.
Her professional affiliations include the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, Oklahoma Planned Giving Council and the National Association of Osteopathic Foundations.
Ms. Wise has served on the board of directors and the Family Health Coalition Steering Committee for the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa; the Community Advisory Board for the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine; as treasurer of the Chicago-based American Osteopathic Foundation; a member of the Women’s Health Advisory Committee for the American Osteopathic Association, also in Chicago; as president and member of the board of the Oklahoma Educational Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine; as chair and member of the board of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Tulsa; as chair and member of the Advisory Board on Mental Retardation Services for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the board of directors of Tulsa ARC.
She is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa XVIII.
Dr. Mather is director of research administration for the Oklaoma Medical Research Foundation. He received is Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma after earning degrees at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.
At OMRF, Mather has held several positions with the Cardiovascular Biology Research Program and he is an adjunct professor in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
OCAST Board Approves Seven for Intern Partnerships Program
In November, OCAST approved seven Research and Development Intern Partnerships for funding at a total of $320,780. Awards support undergraduate student internships in biotechnology, cyber security, climate, energy and aerospace. Awards are for up to two-year internships.
The program helps Oklahoma small businesses locate hard-to-find technology-trained employees. OCAST pays one-half the cost for an undergraduate intern to work in a research and development setting.
OCAST’s program is designed to assist technology-based job creation. It combines university faculty oversight with financial support and business mentoring from the private sector. Some of the college students who participate in the program eventually become employees of the businesses that sponsor them.
Most recent program awards follow:
Oklahoma City – Tom Jobe of SensiQ Technologies Inc. of Oklahoma City will oversee three interns who will work in a research project involving development of a new, label-free biosensor platform for biomolecular interaction analysis. The findings are expected to have specific applications in areas of drug discovery and drug screening. The focus will be in three disciplines: biochemistry, biomedical engineering and electrical/software engineering. Title: Label-free Platform for Drug Discovery Research and Development. Total funding: $59,400
Oklahoma City – Professor Fabiola Janiak-Spens will work with five interns on various projects with multiple Oklahoma firms. Five biology companies and one university research laboratory in central Oklahoma are partners in the project. At Analytical Research Laboratories, the intern will participate in evaluating currently available pharmaceutical products with regard to purity and stability. Interns working at DNA Solutions will help develop genetic testing systems for white-tailed deer and cattle. At Great Plains Microbiology, interns will research high-throughput screening methods for determining food safety. SolidTech Animal Health will work with interns challenged to help in research efforts of immuno therapeutics for preventing cattle diseases. Interns at Cytovance will contribute to the transfer of a biopharmaceutical manufacturing process from Cytovance’s lab into a full-scale manufacturing facility. Title: Internships for Biotechnology Program Students. Total funding: $27,360
Tulsa – Jerald Dawkins of True Digital Security of Tulsa will direct two interns in a project designed to manage the “Big Data Problem.” The challenge involves large volumes of complex data that, due to its complexity, overwhelms the existing ability to manage the data. The application targets advanced persistent threats and the need to develop new framework that will make the cyber security issue manageable. Title: Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security Information Sharing. Total funding: $60,000
Tulsa – Surendra Singh of the University of Tulsa will direct two students at MIRATECH. The Tulsa firm is working on development and validation of rapid aging and deactivation test cycles for catalyst concept screening, enhancement of control systems using advanced sensors and emission solutions for bi-fuel engine retrofit kits. Title: Design and Development of Emission Solutions. Total funding: $60,000
Stillwater – Lloyd Salsman of Frontier Electronic Systems Corp. will direct the effort of one intern in commercializing nanobattery technology. Findings are expected to determine appropriate manufacturing equipment needed to develop and refine manufacturing processes. Title: Evaluation/Analysis Intern Supporting Lithium Battery Manufacturer – 2. Total funding: $22,331
Tulsa – Ranji Vaidyanathan of Oklahoma State University will direct two interns who will work with CleanNG LLC in developing non-cylindrical composite vessels so that storage tanks can replace existing gas tanks using software specifically designed for such parts. The research will have an impact on improving compressed natural gas tanks for vehicles. Title: RDIP: Interns for Adsorbed Natural Gas Composite Tanks. Total funding: $31,689
Tulsa – Surendra Singh of the University of Tulsa will oversee two students at Spirit Aviation where they will review acquisition costs of aircraft components and develop engineering solutions. Such solutions will involve the use of alternate materials, new manufacturing processes and innovative design changes. Both students in concert with Spirit Aviation research mentors will be involved in engineering design, specifications, development, testing and manufacturing phases. Title: Design and Development of Aircraft Components. Total funding: $60,000
Laura Sohl-Smith joins OCAST Programs Team
Laura Sohl-Smith recently joined the OCAST Programs Division as a programs officer and is now responsible for trouble-shooting the OKGrants program and advising applicants on navigating the program. OKGrants is a program offered by the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services. OCAST participated in the creation of OKGrants as part of a successful effort to transition the OCAST award applications process to an on-line process.
She works with external reviewers recruited by OCAST to evaluate applications for the various agency programs. Independent external review is a long-held practice used by OCAST to ensure quality and fairness in awarding state funding to research and development applications.
Before joining OCAST, Sohl-Smith was associated with the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History where she reviewed grant proposals and created records and organized thousands of specimens for the purpose of increasing accessibility to specimen information and enabling its use for research by other institutions. She was a student archivist with the Natural History Museum, University of Central Oklahoma.
She was a research assistant at the OU Health Sciences Center and served the Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management as a human resource management specialist under a Carl Albert Public Internship.
Sohl-Smith earned a BA in psychology and an MS in organizational psychology from the University of Oklahoma, Norman. Most recently, she received a BS in biology from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond.
She and her husband, Jeff, make their home in Choctaw. He is a software engineer with Chesapeake Energy.
Department of Defense and NASA Release SBIR/STTR Topics
The Department of Defense and NASA have released topics for the SBIR program each with submission deadlines in January 2014.
Department of Defense Topics
The Department of Defense (DoD) topics were released on November 20 with a submission deadline of January 22, 2014. There are multiple divisions with solicitations including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Chemical and Biologic Defense, DARPA, Defense Health Program and Special Operations Command. There is a wide array of topics solicited as shown below.
- N141-080: Innovative and Cost-Effective Thermal Protection Systems for Navy Reentry Bodies
- N141-014: Low Magnetic Signature Expendable Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
- SB141-001: (DARPA) Superconducting Nanowire Single-Photon Detectors
- CBD14-101: Innovative Concept for Detection and Identification of Biological Toxins
- DHP14-010: Upper Limb Assistive and Rehabilitation Orthotic Device
- A14-007: Ceramic Matrix Composite Materials for Transpiration Cooling
- A14-008: Wide Field of View Primary Optic for Semi-Active Laser Sensor
- SOCOM14-002: Advanced Transparent Armor Materials and Manufacturing Methods
For more information, the DOD solicitation may be found at: www.dodsbir.net/solicitation/sbir141/default.htm.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released their topics for their SBIR program. The submission deadline is January 29, 2014. The Phase I limit is $125,000, and the Phase II limit is $750K. There are four main topics for solicitation, including aeronautics research, human exploration/operations, science and space technology. Human exploration and operations has many topics that may relate to Oklahoma small businesses and are listed below.
- H5) Lightweight Spacecraft Materials and Structures
Subtopic: Advanced Fabrication and Manufacturing of Polymer Matric Composite (PMC) Structures
- H6) Autonomous and Robotic Systems
Subtopic: Spacecraft Autonomy and Space Mission Automation
In-space or Terrestrial applications (e.g., UAV mission management) are acceptable
- H7) Entry, Descent, and Landing Technologies
Subtopic: Advanced Thermal Protection Systems
Development of in-situ heat flux sensors, surface recession diagnostics, and in-depth or interface thermal response measurement devices for use on rigid and/or flexible ablative materials
- H8) Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers
The operation of fuel cells using hydrocarbon reactants, including methane and ISRU-generated fuels
- H10) Recycling/Reclamation of 3-D Printer Plastic for Reuse
For a complete list of NASA topics, visit: http://sbir.nasa.gov/solicit/52896/detail?data=ch9&s=52890.
The Oklahoma SBIR Collaborative Resources (OSCR) program guides applicants from the beginning of the SBIR Phase I preparation to commercialization. If you have questions or need support, contact Chad Mullen at 405-319-8416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCAST joins EPSCoR in support of Women in Science Conference
The Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (OK NSF EPSCoR) has announced plans for the 12th Annual Women in Science Conference March 4 at the Spirit Bank Event Center in Tulsa. OCAST Executive Director C. Michael Carolina serves on the EPSCoR board and will work within the board affiliation to support the conference.
Young women in grades 6-12 will be encouraged at the conference to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
An estimated 800 students and teachers are expected for the event and recruiters from Oklahoma colleges and universities are invited to visit with potential STEM students.
COARE Biotechnology awarded $220,099 NIH grant to develop cancer treatment
Oklahoma City-based COARE Biotechnology Inc. has been awarded a $220,099 grant by the National Institutes of Health to develop a new treatment for pancreatic cancer.
COARE Biotechnology submitted the successful Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) funding application with the assistance of the Oklahoma SBIR Collaborative Resources (OSCR) service, a statewide program created in 2011 to increase the number of successful applications from Oklahoma companies for the federal awards. The OSCR program is co-managed by i2E Inc. and OCAST.
COARE Biotechnology was founded in 2010 by Courtney Houchen M.D. to advance a promising new treatment for pancreatic cancer. Houchen is a professor of medicine, the chief of digestive diseases and nutrition in the department of medicine at the University of Oklahoma, a member of the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center and chief medical advisor of the company.
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is the fourth leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths. Even after more than a decade of recent FDA-approved therapeutic regimens and key improvements in medical care, some 95 percent of the nearly 50,000 Americans diagnosed with PDAC in 2012 likely will not be alive in 2017.
“Our primary goal is to defeat pancreatic cancer,” Houchen said. “This grant represents a critical initial milestone in the development of COARE’s innovative therapeutic approaches. It will also provide further validation that DCLK1, a tumor stem cell-related protein, is a key target for therapies to prevent or treat pancreatic cancer and perhaps other solid tumors.”
The NIH grant award was one of three SBIR proposals and one federal contract proposal COARE Biotechnology has submitted with assistance of the OSCR program.
“SBIR funds potentially groundbreaking innovative projects,” said Chad Mullen, programs manager for OCAST and co-manager of the OSCR program. “COARE’S solution will be the first to directly and selectively target tumor stem cells – an endeavor worthy of the SBIR mission. The OSCR program is excited to support COARE and other companies in helping solve these worldwide challenges.”
OSCR offers resources available nationwide to help Oklahoma companies successfully compete for funding from the SBIR program and the companion Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. Services include proposal preparation, proposal writing workshops, identification of SBIR/STTR funding opportunities, expert coaching/mentoring and much more.
“COARE Biotechnology is one of many companies utilizing the OSCR assistance program today, and we’re pleased that it was successful with its SBIR funding application,” said Rick Rainey, who manages the program for i2E. “We are supportive of the direction in which COARE Biotechnology is progressing and hope this funding will speed the development of a much needed new drug to battle the killer that is pancreatic cancer.”
The SBIR/STTR programs award approximately $2.5 billion annually in funding to small, high-tech innovative businesses. Applicants compete for Phase I funding awards of approximately $200,000 each or Phase II grants of $1 million or more.
About COARE Biotechnology
COARE Biotechnology is an early stage discovery, development and commercialization startup focused on developing novel anti-cancer drugs that eliminate cancer stem cells. For more information: Eddie Bannerman-Menson, chief of staff, COARE Biotechnology. Contact: email@example.com.
The Oklahoma SBIR Collaborative Resources program guides applicants from the beginning of the SBIR Phase I preparation all the way to a commercialized product ready for the marketplace. OSCR partners are i2E Inc., OCAST, the New Product Development Center, Oklahoma EPSCoR, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and the Oklahoma Nanotechnology Initiative. For more information: Chad Mullen, OCAST. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Impact Report Recognized
OCAST, Anglin PR and S Design were recognized for their work on the 2013 OCAST Impact Report. The group received first place at the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America’s annual Uppercase Awards in the annual report category. The 2014 Impact Report will be released in January.
Innovations in History
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December 6 Greater OKC Chamber: Friday Forum, GE Global Research Oil & Gas Technology Center
December 10 Noble Foundation: Managing Taxes for Agricultural Producers
December 11 Tulsa Regional Chamber: Economic Outlook Conference
December 12 Greater OKC Chamber: Annual Meeting
December 16 Greater OKC Chamber: State of the Aerospace Defense Industry
January 13 Greater OKC Chamber: Legislative Breakfast
January 15 Tulsa Regional Chamber: Annual Meeting