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Oklahoma Science and Technology Research and Development Board of Directors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SB 487 reinvents OSTRaD Board
May 12, 2021 (Oklahoma City) – Gov. Kevin Stitt recently signed SB 487, legislation that reduces the size of the board that governs the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).
The legislation reduces the Oklahoma Science and Technology Research and Development (OSTRaD) Board that governs OCAST to nine members from the 21-member board which has provided oversight since the agency was created by the state legislature in 1987.
Sponsored by Sen. Adam Pugh (R-Edmond) and Rep. Jadine Nollan (R-Sand Springs), SB 487 provides a more flexible oversight board that will enable the state agency to pivot more quickly and with more focused intent in its support of emerging new technologies.
The legislation names the State Secretary of Science and Innovation – Elizabeth Pollard – as the OSTRaD board chair, with four members appointed by the governor and two each by the state senate and house.
Two of the governor’s appointees must be from an Oklahoma university, while the remaining appointees from both the governor and the legislature are required to have ties to industries related to science and technology such as biotech, life sciences, autonomous systems, aerospace, energy, information technology and other emerging technologies.
“This legislation results in a smaller but more focused board, bringing to OCAST industry experience to help it make more strategic investments that will grow innovation and manufacturing across our state,” Pollard said. “At the state level, we’re focused on creating a shorter path between concept and commercialization. As a board, I’m confident we will bring expertise to help OCAST tackle that mission.”
As the hub of the award-winning Oklahoma Innovation Model for economic development, OCAST retains its strategic partners at i2E Inc, the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, the New Product Development Center at Oklahoma State University and the Tom Love Innovation Hub at the University of Oklahoma.
“We enthusiastically embrace changes to the OSTRaD board that bring us experienced industry leadership to help create new public and private partnerships,” said C. Michael Carolina, OCAST executive director.
“OCAST and our partners in the Oklahoma Innovation Model are constantly refining our economic development pipeline with a mission of enabling new technologies to quickly move innovations to the marketplace, with an ultimate goal of creating jobs and prosperity for all Oklahomans,” Carolina said.
The legislation also ensures that the new OSTRAD board will include members drawn from both metropolitan and rural areas of the state.
The changes in the OCAST governing board became effective upon the governor’s signature on May 10, 2021.
Standing Advisory Committees
OCAST receives support and assistance from the Oklahoma Health Research, Oklahoma Plant Science Research, Oklahoma Applied Research and Small Business Research Assistance advisory committees for research-related programs. Research-related standing committees must consist of representatives of the “business, higher education and research communities” (74 O.S., Section 5060.9[a]) and at least one-third of the members of each committee must be researchers. Committees are approved annually by the board. The Seed Capital Investment advisory committee is created to assist OCAST in evaluating potential investments with the Seed Capital Revolving Fund (74 O.S., Section 5060.21).
Oklahoma Applied Research Advisory Committee
Kenneth E. Bartels, D.V.M., M.S., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Cornell Cross, Apprentice Information Systems, Tulsa
David Humphrey, Industry Consultant, Broken Arrow
E. Ann Nalley, Ph.D., Cameron University, Lawton
Martha Ogilvie, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
Dale Teeters, Ph.D., University of Tulsa, Tulsa
Monte Tull, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma (ret.), Norman
Oklahoma Health Research Committee
Tyrrell Conway, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Norman
Anna Csiszar, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
Mary Beth Humphrey, M.D., Ph.D. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City (Chair)
Jerry Malayer, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Gabriel Pardo, M.D., Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City
H. Anne Pereira, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
Jamie Rhudy, Ph.D., University of Tulsa, Tulsa
Lijun Xia, M.D., Ph.D., Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Plant Science Research Advisory Committee
Gloria Caddell, Ph.D., University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond Kelly D. Chamberlin, Ph.D., USDA-Agricultural Research Service Richard Nelson, Ph.D., Noble Research Institute, Ardmore
Seed Capital Investment Committee
Jeff Moen, J.D., Noble Research Institute
James Wheeler, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Norman
Sherri Wise, Osteopathic Founders Foundation, Tulsa
Small Business Research Assistance Committee
Mike Callaway, CalTech Global LLC, Sapulpa
Rafal Farjo, Ph.D., Charlesson LLC, Oklahoma City
Terry Golding, Ph.D., Amethyst Research Inc., Ardmore
Chuck Gray, Frontier Electronic Systems Inc., Stillwater
Trevor Snyder, Ph.D., VADovations Inc., Oklahoma City
Brien Thorstenberg, Tulsa Regional Chamber, Tulsa