Oklahoma City becoming haven for biotech industry

Friday, July 18th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Oklahoma City is becoming a haven for biotechnical companies.

A cluster of laboratories near the state Capitol includes one developing a test that uses mouthwash to predict a woman's risk of breast cancer. Another created cream for saggy and flaky skin and a third is working on a drug to fight Alzheimer's disease.

Biotech officials say one attraction is the willingness of those in the state to invest in technological research, such as the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

A low cost of doing business is another attractions. Bryan Fuller of skin cream maker Cutanix says the cost of research is cheaper in Oklahoma than anywhere else in the country.