The Oklahoma Bioscience Association handed out awards Wednesday to Oklahoma City’s premier economic development organization, a Tulsa educator, a Norman diagnostics development company and a scientist who has developed novel treatments for hearing loss.
“We’re proud to be honoring such an outstanding group of Oklahoma researchers, educators and innovative organizations,” said Scott Meacham, CEO of the Oklahoma Bioscience Association and i2E Inc. “Each of them has made significant contributions to the state’s bioscience community in ways that transcend the direct impact of their work.”
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber received the association’s Hall of Fame Recognition Award for its leadership in the state’s bioscience community for more than 50 years.
Diana Spencer, coordinator of Tulsa Community College’s biotechnology program, received the Community Recognition Award for developing a curriculum that prepares students to take the next step in their education or careers.
IMMY, a Norman-based company operated by brothers Sean and Scott Bauman, received the Innovation Recognition Award for developing a test for a fungus that kills more than 600,000 people with HIV or AIDS every year.
Dr. Richard Kopke, CEO of Oklahoma City’s Hough Ear Institute, received the Research Recognition Award. He began his research into noise-induced hearing loss during his medical residency. His efforts led to pioneering uses of antioxidants for treatment of noise- and impulse-related hearing loss.