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Life Sciences Star as InnoVision Awards names 18 South Carolina finalists


The InnoVision Awards board of directors has revealed finalists for the 2023 InnoVision Awards. More than one third of the finalists are life sciences organizations, SCbio members or both.

This year’s finalists include both large and small organizations, representing an array of industries, from the upstate to the coast — a true reflection of South Carolina’s robust innovation economy, an InnoVision news release stated.

InnoVision Awards honor South Carolina individuals and organizations for impactful innovations under development in South Carolina within the last 18 months, according to the release. The annual awards are the mark of distinction for the many organizations, individuals, educators, and leaders who have been honored over the 25-year history of the InnoVision Awards.

All finalists will be recognized during the InnoVision 2023 Meet the Finalists Series. The series will be held virtually, each event will feature finalists in two award categories. Details on dates and more will follow.

InnoVision’s annual awards program will be in Columbia at 1208 Washington Place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. Tickets for the event will open for the public on Sept. 1. Contact Kelsey Gibbons,, for information and purchasing.

InnoVision will not have a livestream this year. During the awards celebration, it will showcase each finalist’s innovation with a video profile, announce the winner in each award category, and present two special awards: The Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovator Award and the Dr. Charles Townes Individual Achievement Award.

Here are the 2023 finalists in the six award categories:

Technology Development

  • GlycoPath (Charleston)
  • Kiyatec Inc. (Greenville)
  • Pensievision (Charleston)

Community Service

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

Small Business

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


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

Technology Application

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


  • 18 (Fort Mill)
  • Carolina Seed Systems, Inc. (Florence)
  • Living Carbon (Hayward)

InnoVision, founded in 1999, is a grassroots, volunteer-led non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of innovation and technology in South Carolina. InnoVision recognizes and honors South Carolina businesses, individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding advancements in these areas with the annual InnoVision Awards.

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