OMRF President Stephen Prescott, M.D., has been inducted into the 2020 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Class.
Considered among the highest honors in the state, Prescott is the first of OMRF’s nine full-time presidents to receive this honor.
Since joining OMRF in 2006, Prescott has led the largest campus expansion in the foundation’s 74-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.
Prescott also helped land a national COVID-19 pilot program in Oklahoma City called the START Coalition, which will combine shared institutional knowledge on the nature, transmission and prevention of infectious outbreaks and marry it with best practices and on-the-ground expertise of local healthcare leaders and providers. This first-of-its-kind initiative will begin in Oklahoma City and rapidly expand to partner communities across the nation.
The 2020 Class will be formally inducted on Nov. 12. For the original story and list of other inductees, visit https://oklahomahof.com/class-of-2020