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InnoVision Announces 2023 Awards; Life Sciences Companies Take Two of Six Categories


InnoVision Award application and nominations opened this past spring are produced almost 100 nominations and applications! These submissions showcased innovations across the state in a variety of industries including mental health, construction, medicine, educational programming, and much more. A select panel of judges reviewed each application and scored the organizations that provided the 2023 finalists and winners for six of our eight awards. The Charles Townes Individual Achievement Award and Dr. Janajreh Ibrahim Young Innovator Award were carefully considered and voted on by the InnoVision Award Board of Directors. These organizations were recognized during the in-person celebration on November 9th in Columbia, South Carolina.

Life science organization Pensievision of Charleston was honored for the Top Technology Development, nudging out two other life science companies in GlycoPath and Kiyatec. In the Technology Application category, life science organization SpheroFill was named winner. See below for a complete list of winners and honorees, andcongratulations to all parties.

Click on the award title to view the finalist videos shown during the awards celebration.

Technology Development – sponsored by SCTech, an initiative of South Carolina Council on Competitiveness

GlycoPath (Charleston)
Kiyatec Inc. (Greenville)
Pensievision (Charleston)*winner*

Technology Application – sponsored by SCRA

Builder Rocket (Roebuck)
SpheroFill, LLC (Aiken)*winner*
Zylö Therapeutics Inc. (Greenville)

Small Business – Sponsored by Robinson Ventures

BagValet (Charleston)*winner*
Maelstrom Propellers (Charleston)
Southeast IP Group, LLC (Chapin)

Education – Sponsored by Contec

Converse University (Spartanburg)
Notey Inc. (Cayce)*winner*
Richland Two Institute of Innovation (Columbia)

Sustainability – sponsored by Velux

Carolina Seed Systems, Inc. (Florence)*winner*
Gravity Driven, LLC (Fort Mill)
Living Carbon (Charleston)

Community Service – sponsored by Insperity

Health Evolve Technologies, LLC (Columbia)
Just Bee (Hanahan)
Open Broadband, LLC (Greenville)*winner*

Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovator – sponsored by Designli

Sean Powers and Brett Nilsen from Copyt

Dr. Charles Townes Individual Achievement – sponsored by Kyocera AVX

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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.