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Research & Development

Ardmore companies have significant stakes in research and development, in the areas of plant science, molecular biology, medical devices and night vision imagers. Together, over 275 people in Ardmore have direct involvement in R&D efforts for these centers.

Research & Development Centers
Name of center Status Specialty
Noble Research Institute Non-profit Plant biology
Amethyst Research, Inc. Corporation Next generation infrared "night vision" imagers.
Oklahoma State Univeristy Institute for Agricultural Biosciences   Research
Source: Reports from individual companies

New Biotechnology Incubator fosters Research & Development

In 2005, The Ardmore Development Authority, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center (SOTC) formed a partnership to create a business incubator facility, the Ardmore Technology Transfer Center, to recruit and retain technology oriented companies to Ardmore. Business incubators are facilities designed to accelerate the development and success of start-up and existing businesses.

The advantages to a tenant locating in the incubator include more affordable lease space and access to an array of on-site managerial, administrative and financial services that assist the companies in overcoming challenges faced in the market place. In addition, tenants are exempt from state tax liability on income earned on activities conducted at the incubator for up to ten years. The exemption is valid after the company moves out of the incubator.

The ADA, with the help of the Noble Foundation, has established Ardmore as part of the Oklahoma Biotechnology Corridor which includes Stillwater, the Greater Oklahoma City Area and Ardmore. The potential for professional collaborations with the Noble Foundation also serves as an attraction to prospective companies.

The Technology Transfer Center has received accreditation from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. The long-term objective of this project is to create a technology park in Ardmore focused on commercial ventures based on scientific research.

"We are extremely excited about selecting Ardmore, Oklahoma for our new distribution center. This decision represents an extensive one-year site search and an $11.7 million dollar investment. "

Jim Tracy,
Senior Vice President, Dot Foods, Inc.

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