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Dean Stephen Cutler and KPIC Cofounder Honored by SCbio

Stephen Cutler

University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy Dean Stephen J. Cutler was among the top honorees at the annual SCbio Life Sciences Conference held in Charleston this week, receiving the 2023 SC Pinnacle Award for Individual Contribution.

In addition, Lou Kennedy, cofounder of the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center and president, CEO, and owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, received a Special Lifetime Achievement Award for Exceptional Contributions to the industry.

SCbio is South Carolina’s investor-driven economic development organization exclusively focused on building, advancing, and growing the life sciences industry in the state. The group presents the awards to individuals or organizations whose performance over time has resulted in superior results, inspirational leadership, industry advancement, innovation, and quality of life benefits to employees, customers, and communities across South Carolina, and even around the world.

Cutler has received more than $36 million dollars in research funding from various federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and NASA, among others.

Stephen J. Cutler

Dean Cutler, a pharmacy educator for more than 30 years, joined the College of Pharmacy in 2016. He also served as the university’s interim provost. Cutler has received more than $36 million dollars in research funding from various federal agencies including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and NASA, among others, and is the author or co-author of 50 patents, 135 peer-reviewed publications, three books, and more than 200 scientific presentations. He is a world expert on plants acting on the central nervous system, including marijuana and other psycho-tropic plants. He has also served as a leader in innovative workforce development for South Carolinians.

Kennedy is well known for her contributions to the growth and vitality of South Carolina … She has been a leader in her support of SCbio and life sciences.

Lou Kennedy

Kennedy is well known for her contributions to the growth and vitality of South Carolina. She serves on numerous civic and business boards and is a director of organizations including SCbio, the SC Chamber, National Association of Manufacturers, and International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering. She has been a leader in her support of SCbio and life sciences in South Carolina, helping to more than double the organization’s membership.

A $25.7 billion annual industry in South Carolina and growing faster than in any other Southeastern state, SCbio has more than 1,000 firms involved in the research, development and commercialization of innovative health care, medical devices, industrial, environmental, and agricultural biotechnology products.

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Tamia Sumpter

Tamia is a driven senior undergraduate Bioengineering student currently enrolled at Clemson University. With a strong foundation in her field, she has honed her skills through hands-on experience in research and development at Eli Lilly & Company. During her time in the ADME department, Tamia contributed significantly by working on siRNAs and their applications in finding In Vitro-In Vivo Correlation (IVIVC). Looking ahead, Tamia has set her sights on a promising career in law. She aspires to specialize in Intellectual Property Law, with a particular focus on serving as in-house counsel for leading medical device or pharmaceutical companies. Her enthusiasm for this role is palpable as she prepares to embark on her legal journey! She is also a proud member of the Omicron Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., PEER Mentor for Clemson PEER/WiSE, and currently serves as the President of Clemson Bioengineering Organization (CBO). With her unique blend of scientific knowledge and legal interests, Tamia is poised to make a meaningful impact in the healthcare and life sciences industries.