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Lowcountry company MitoChem Therapeutics developing vision loss treatments


MitoChem Therapeutics became an SC Launch member company in 2019, receiving a $25,000 academic startup grant. Three years later, they became an SC Launch portfolio company with a $200,000 investment to assist in advancing adn commercializing their treatments to address vision loss.

Dr. Beeson, a medicinal chemist and Professor of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences, and Dr. Rohrer, a neuroscientist and Professor of Ophthalmology, both at Medical University of South Carolina, combined their expertise in mitochondria, neuroscience and chemistry to tackle hard to treat diseases.

With funding from Foundation Fighting Blindness and the NIH, the company synthesized compounds that demonstrate promise for treating vision loss from retinitis pigmentosa, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

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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.