Research & Development | Fort Bend Economic Development Council

Research and Development companies in Fort Bend County come from a variety of industries- from construction software developers to biotech researchers to developers of fiber optic networking components. The reliable high speed broadband coverage, access to Greater Houston, and ability to collaborate with like companies make Fort Bend the ideal location for research and development.


OCuSOFT Inc. is a privately-held  research, development and supply company specializing in eye and skin care that started with a vision to address the needs of those suffering from ocular surface disease with innovative solutions. The company is most recognized for its #1 doctor recommended brand of eyelid cleansers, OCuSOFT Lid Scrub, in addition to its standing as the preferred distributor of ophthalmic products and supplies by eye care professionals.

University of Houston College of Technology

The University of Houston College of Technology is the recipient of a nearly $2 million gift to endow scholarships and support new infrastructure in its University of Houston at Sugar Land building. The gift generously comes from HCSS, a Sugar Land innovative software company for the construction industry, as a memorial to Sophie Rydin, wife of HCSS CEO, Mike Rydin.

Training the Workforce

Our diverse workforce, one of the most diverse in the nation, brings talents and skills from across the world to the county’s labor pool.  With the University of Houston’s College of Technology located in Fort Bend County, the ability to partner with academia provides additional opportunities for R&D companies. Over 48 percent of the Fort Bend workforce has a bachelors degree or higher, with nearly 20 percent possessing a graduate degree, the highest percentage in the region.   

“AOI decided that Fort Bend County, Texas would be the perfect location to continue to support our expansion. As a technology company, we are always striving to attract the best talent for our research and development needs. Being in Fort Bend County means we are able to attract high-quality employees directly from the County’s diverse community which holds a robust and educated populace, this makes recruiting top level engineers and other professional talent simple; since many who reside within the community also choose to look for suitable employment opportunities close to home.”
Thompson Lin, CEO of AOI