BioMatters: William Hildebrand and Living History for Oklahoma Bioscience

Jim Stafford: Hildebrand's company, Pure Protein LLC, was among first commercial ventures in Oklahoma spun out of university research after state voters approved measures making such firms possible.
By Jim Stafford, For The Oklahoman Published: July 14, 2013

“What Pure Protein has done is to produce a steady source of HLA that is not available elsewhere,” Hildebrand said. “Pure Protein provides our HLA protein to companies that want to prevent transplant rejection — they use our protein to optimally match organ donors and recipients. We also work with large pharma companies to help develop anti-viral and anti-cancer vaccines.”

Austin, Texas-based Emergent Technologies was the founding investor in Pure Protein and its two subsidiaries, Pure Vaccine Solutions and Pure Transplant Solutions. Emergent remains its largest investor. Hildebrand is Pure Protein's chief scientist.

Which leads us back to the history lesson. Pure Protein was among the first spinouts — considered by some to be the first — but others were right there, as well. Hyalose emerged from the research of Paul DeAngelis and Paul Weigel at OU and continues operating today, along with a pair of sister companies, Choncept and Heparinex.

Each was founded with a plan to take what was created in a laboratory in Oklahoma and make it commercially available in clinics and hospitals everywhere.

“I think if you are doing research at a medical center, you should envision that research getting out and touching someone,” Hildebrand said. “How are you going to do that? You have to have a company.”

His company is Pure Protein. And it's living history for Oklahoma.

Jim Stafford is communications specialist with i2E Inc. in Oklahoma City.

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