OU Research Campus Celebrates With 8th Annual Partner's Celebration

By Jake Morgan, Oklahoma Daily. Read the original article.

OU’s Research Campus held its 8th Annual Partners Celebration to bring together various disciplines and commemorate the campus’s growth Thursday evening at the National Weather Center.

The celebratory event encourages collaboration among members of the research campus by providing a relaxed atmosphere and one roof under which to meet, said Adam Croom, marketing and public relations coordinator for OU Economic Development, in an email.

The term “Partners” refers to collaboration of academia, the private sector and the government, and Croom said the event is the greatest way the campus promotes collaboration.

“It is designed to foster those serendipitous meetings where a biochemistry researcher in Stephenson Life Sciences has the opportunity to connect with one of our private partners or a researcher in a different discipline,” Croom said. “We really push utilizing the event as a way to network with others in the community.”

The celebration, which included food, live music and door prizes, invited not only members of the research community but also key members of the local economy like the Norman Chamber of Commerce, Croom said.

OU has invested $288 million in research campus infrastructure including the Stephenson Technology Research Center, the National Weather Center and four “Partners” buildings that house academic units with private companies, Croom said. Such private companies have created more than 500 jobs in Oklahoma.

These companies and other research campus tenants include the Center for Risk and Crisis Management, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and RiskMetrics Group, Inc., according to the research campus website.

Research expenditures have increased by 60 percent since 2005 and commercialized technology has doubled since 2008, according to Croom.

The campus is in the process of rapid expansion as it builds its Radar Innovations Lab, which began construction on October 30, Croom said. With the projected December 2013 completion of the lab, the campus will have a total of 826,000 square feet of infrastructure. In addition, the campus plans to begin construction on its fifth “Partners” building, Five Partners Place, this fall.

Three Partners Place
201 David L. Boren Blvd., Suite 100
Norman, Oklahoma 73019-5710
Tel: (405) 325-3800
Fax: (405) 325-7162

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