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February 18, 2021  

Martin Bionics

In this episode, Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell talks to Jay Martin, founder of Martin Bionics. Together they discuss his latest innovation which was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the best inventions of 2020. They also discuss the impact OCAST and the innovation model has had on his company and industry and the importance of utilizing resources that are offered to innovators in the State of Oklahoma.

We are also happy to announce our new sponsor, The Oklahoma Business Roundtable. This great organization has partnered with OCAST to bring you this episode. Thank you for listening!  

February 2, 2021  

OCAST, NPDC and OMA Part 2

Part 2 of our conversation with with Heather McDowell of OCAST, Jenny Cothran of The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and Jessica Stewart of the New Product Development Center. This episode talks about the future of industry in Oklahoma, the growing role of women in manufacturing and how the innovation model benefits the people of our state.    

January 20, 2021  


In this episode we continue our exploration of the Oklahoma Innovation Model. This time, the Lt. Governor sits down with Heather McDowell of OCAST, Jenny Cothran of The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and Jessica Stewart of the New Product Development Center. This discussion talks about what support the State of Oklahoma offers those who are inventors or manufactures committed to doing business in the state.   

January 5, 2021  

Spiers New Technologies

The growing market share of electric vehicles is rising at a staggering pace, and Oklahoma City is lucky to have a company located here that has positioned itself as a key stakeholder in the supply chain. In this episode, Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell welcomes Dirk Spiers, President of Spiers New Technologies. SNT specializes in the battery packs located in electric vehicles. Listen in to hear Dirk talk about their process, the different ways they utilize battery packs and his vision for the future of this rapidly growing industry.  

December 22, 2020  

Utopia Plastix

In this episode, Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell interviews Sharina Perry, creator of Utopia Plastix. Utopia has created a way to use plants in the manufacturing of plastics. This method helps the plastics to become more eco-friendly and has the potential to change how plastic is created. Learn about Sharina's mission and how it helps guide her through the trials of being an entrepreneur. 

November 11, 2020  

The Oklahoma Innovation Model, Part 2

This episode is part 2 of the Lt. Governor's conversation with OCAST, i2E and OK Catalyst. The discussion of how the innovation model works is continued with great information about how the programs work, what steps can be taken by potential clients and what to expect throughout the process once projects are chosen to be funded. 

November 4, 2020  

The Oklahoma Innovation Model, Part 1

In this installment Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell begins a four part discussion on the Oklahoma Innovation Model (OIM), also known as "The Pipeline". The OIM is the backbone of tech-based economic development in Oklahoma and there are 5 total companies that make it work. In this roundtable discussion we hear from Connor Cox from OCAST, Stacey Brandhorst from i2E and Daniel Moses from OK Catalyst about how these companies work together to help businesses grow in Oklahoma. 

October 12, 2020  

The Ram Jack Sign Dart

In this episode, Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell discusses the product "Sign Dart" with Justin Presley of Ram Jack. This project has the potential to save the government millions in costs to repair damaged or eradicated signs along the many roads across the country. They talk about the importance of relationships, the value of research and development, the importance of resources and why this manufacturing giant chooses to call Oklahoma home.  

September 28, 2020  


In this episode we visit the Oil and Gas industry to learn about how one company is testing a product which would lower noise and pollution levels for manufacturing companies. Ron Key discusses the project and the potential of this technology to help over a multitude of industries. 

September 28, 2020  


Lt. Governor Pinnell is joined by Shoaib and Michael of Xplosafe, a company located in Stillwater Oklahoma that specializes in the manufacturing of explosive detection products. The conversation revolves around why they chose Oklahoma as a global headquarters and how the business climate in Oklahoma is friendly enough for any company to prosper. 

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