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December 12, 2022

CBS: Oklahoma incentives lure TV & film productions out of Hollywood and to the prairie

Is Hollywood moving to the prairie? Omar Villafranca takes a look at how Oklahoma state incentives are bringing motion-picture production to the state.

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January 4, 2022

Wheeler Bio Announces $14M Seed Round To Expand Access To Portable CMC™

Wheeler Bio, a biomanufacturing company built to accelerate the translation of therapeutic innovation into clinical impact, announced today the closing of a $14M Seed financing round. The round was co-led by Echo Investment Capital and Alloy Therapeutics, with participation from Floating Point and Presbyterian Health Foundation.

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February 24, 2022

Multi-Disciplinary Investment Firm Echo Investment Capital Announces Partial Mineral/Royalty Sale

Echo Investment Capital’s affiliate, Echo Minerals, announces its agreement to sell mineral and royalty interests to Austin, Texas-based Brigham Minerals, Inc. (NYSE: MNRL) for a total value of $32.5 million. Echo is a multi-strategy firm spanning life sciences, media and entertainment, real estate, and energy.

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May 3, 2022

'We have to think differently.' OKC vies for $55M grant to grow biosciences industry

A group of Oklahoma City’s leading civic, bio-science and university players pitched a vision Monday on how they hope to work together to use a $55 million Economic Development Administration Grant to further build up the region’s growing innovation cluster.

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July 19, 2022

Deka Biosciences Breaks Ground on New Facility

Deka Biosciences announced today that it is breaking ground on a 14,000 square foot office and lab which will house a state of the art Research and Development, Process Development, and Manufacturing facility to further develop their novel cytokine therapies. This will be the first facility to house a dual targeted cytokine development lab in the DC/Maryland/Virginia region and the only company in the US developing a therapeutic of its kind. The new headquarters will be located at 20380 Seneca Meadows Parkway in Germantown, Maryland and Deka anticipates the move to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.

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August 10, 2022

Zeno Celebrates Key Milestones in Customer Acquisition, Product Growth

Zeno Technologies, a pioneer in helping businesses master the financial performance of their energy assets, has achieved significant traction following the company’s public launch in October 2021. In just nine months since emerging from stealth, Zeno won key client engagements and expanded its product offering to help energy businesses exert better capital discipline to deliver predictable returns to their investors.

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August 30, 2022

Zeno Technologies Helps Oil Companies Make Smarter Decisions

After noticing a relative lack of software investment in the oil and gas industry, Zeno Technologies has developed a data aggregation and analytics platform. It helps oil and gas companies analyze multiple operational scenarios through financial modeling with the goal of providing consistent returns to investors.

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September 2, 2022

U.S. Economic Development Administration Awards $35 million Grant to the Oklahoma Biotech Innovation Cluster

Today, President Biden will announce the Oklahoma Biotech Innovation Cluster as one of 21 winners of the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge, the most impactful regional economic development competition in decades. Funded by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Regional Challenge is awarding approximately $35 million in grants to the Oklahoma Biotech Innovation Cluster, led by the Oklahoma City Economic Development Foundation, to expand the biotechnology industry in the Oklahoma City region.

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September 8, 2022

Deka Biosciences Appoints Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Clinical Operations

Deka Biosciences ("Deka"), a biotech company focused on the development of novel cytokine therapies to treat cancer and inflammatory diseases, announced today the appointment of Charlotte Moser, MD, PhD, MSc, MBA as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Deb Kientop, MBA as Vice President, Clinical Operations.

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October 4, 2022

Wheeler Bio Announces Series A Financing Round Led by Echo, Charles River Laboratories

OKLAHOMA CITY – Wheeler Bio, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) specializing in small batch clinical production of biologics and GMP-grade reagents using their open-source platform, Portable CMC™, today announced the first closing of their Series A financing round. The round was co-led by Charles River Laboratories and Echo Investment Capital with participation from ATUM, Floating Point Advisors, Plains Venture Partners (a subsidiary of i2E), and Pine Ridge Ventures.

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October 9, 2022

Oklahoman: Gen Xers rise up as next wave of civic leaders guiding Oklahoma City's future aspirations

Oklahoma City, long guided by waves of corporate leaders, is seeing a new, younger generation lining up behind aging baby boomers and reshaping their community economically, culturally and philanthropically. Chad Richison, 51, Christian Kanady, 43, and Bob Funk Jr., 47, are among a growing number of Gen Xers (born between 1965 and 1980) who are taking Oklahoma City in a new direction where oil and gas is giving way to a new, more diverse economy.

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October 21, 2022

Zeno Technologies Unveils a New Platform to Help Energy Companies Thrive in the Production Era

Zeno Technologies today unveiled a new cloud-based platform to help energy companies, investors and partners adapt and thrive in the face of new market realities in the Production Era. The energy industry is fundamentally different than it was just a few short years ago, and today’s energy-focused organizations need a set of modern tools to unlock data to inform smarter, faster business decisions. Zeno’s new Energy Operating System provides the clarity to understand and improve business performance, and the insight to decisively assess and pursue new investment opportunities.

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November 1, 2022

Prairie Surf Media Completes Production of First Season of ‘Tulsa King’

OKLAHOMA CITY – Echo-backed global production company Prairie Surf Media recently completed work on Season 1 of “Tulsa King,” a crime drama starring Sylvester Stallone. The Paramount+ drama series premiers Nov. 13. Prairie Surf Studios, headquartered in Oklahoma City, features 1.3 million square feet, five soundstages, and access to the world’s most diverse ecoregions. Check out the must-see “Tulsa King” series trailer

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November 3, 2022

Wheeler Bio, CRB announce kickoff of new Oklahoma City manufacturing facility supporting production of life-saving therapies

Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) Wheeler Bio and CRB – a leading global provider of sustainable engineering, architectural, construction and consulting services to the life sciences industry – today announced the start of construction on a GMP drug substance facility that will support innovators seeking agile, small batch manufacturing services for their clinical trial materials (CTM).

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