South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster
Proclamation – Feb. 15, 2021
WHEREAS, South Carolina has cultivated a cutting-edge life sciences sector with an annual economic impact of more than $12 billion dollars; and
WHEREAS, more than 800 firms and over 43,000 professionals are directly involved in the research, development and commercialization of innovative healthcare, medical device, industrial, environmental and agricultural biotechnology products; and
WHEREAS, since 2017, the life sciences sector has become South Carolina's fastest- growing industry, with employment growing at double the rate of South Carolina's economy as a whole; and
WHEREAS, SCBIO is the organization exclusively focused on attracting new life science sector jobs and investment to South Carolina; and
WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 100 life sciences organizations across South Carolina worked together to support and promote the procurement and distribution of personal protective equipment, support and implement COVID-19 testing and expedite health solutions for our citizens; and
WHEREAS, in collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Commerce and SCBIO, South Carolina's economic development recruitment efforts shall include an enhanced emphasis and focus on attracting, building, advancing, innovating and growing existing and new life sciences businesses in the state.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Henry McMaster, Governor of the great State of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim February 15-19, 2021, as
SCBIO LIFE SCIENCE WEEK
throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to recognize and appreciate the many contributions of the life sciences industry to South Carolina's health and economic prosperity.