At Thursday’s Oklahoma BioScience Association annual awards dinner, OMRF President Stephen Prescott, M.D., was presented with the organization’s highest honor—the 2016 Hall of Fame Leadership Award.
This prize is presented each year to an individual who has demonstrated bioscience leadership and catalyzed creation and advancement in both the biotech industry and more broadly in the biosciences community.
Since joining OMRF in 2006, Prescott has led the largest campus expansion in the foundation’s 70-year history. He’s raised almost $100 million, which has enabled OMRF to recruit more than two dozen new principal scientists to its faculty and build a state-of-the-art research tower that’s home to dozens of new laboratories and the MS Center of Excellence, a clinic for the treatment of multiple sclerosis patients.
Prescott has also played a key role in stimulating bioscience industry growth in the state. Most notably, in partnership with the Presbyterian Health Foundation, he helped engineer the creation of Accele BioPharma, an Oklahoma biotechnology business accelerator that is currently incubating four start-up companies that are developing treatments for hearing loss, Alzheimer’s and other pressing medical needs.