“Without the stellar technology based on the research of our co-founder, Dr. Madeleine Cunningham at the University of Oklahoma, along with their willingness to transfer this technology, and the financial support of angels and other investors — some of whom are parents of PANDAS children — this wouldn't be happening,” he said. “You can have all the ideas you want, but without support and technology, it's like a car without an engine.”
Oklahoma is fortunate to have entrepreneurs such as Shimasaki who are committed to sharing what they have learned with our state's up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
“All of us who have any success in leadership didn't get there by ourselves,” he said. “We got there because other people spent time teaching and training us, giving us a break. It's an obligation to share that wisdom and knowledge to help create a better place for everyone else.”
Shimasaki and other serial entrepreneurs are a critical component of Oklahoma's entrepreneurial ecosystem and a sign of its continued growth.
Rex Smitherman is interim president and CEO of i2E Inc., a nonprofit corporation that mentors many of the state's technology-based startup companies. i2E receives state appropriations from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Contact Smitherman at i2E_Comments@i2E.org.