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SCbio Foundation Awards $7,500 In Grants To Support Life Sciences Internships

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The SCbio Foundation awarded $7,500 in grants to three South Carolina college students to support their summer internships at life sciences companies within the Palmetto State.

Sarah Deloach, a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina, will intern at Carolina Biologics, a biotechnology start-up company focused on drug discovery and development for cardiovascular and ocular diseases.

Haley Pepper, an undergraduate student at the University of South Carolina, received an internship at Poly-Med, a medical device company that develops bioresorbable materials and products that help to improve patient outcomes and reduce the need for follow-up surgeries.

Natalie Shay, an undergraduate student at Clemson University, accepted an internship at Greenwood Genetic Center, a non-profit organization that focuses on providing clinical genetic services, diagnostic laboratory testing, educational programs, and research initiatives.

“We are thrilled to support these deserving students as they embark on their summer life science internships with SCbio member companies,” said Translational Science Solutions Founder and SCbio Foundation Chair Kathryn Becker. “By providing these grants, we hope not only to support the educational and career goals of these individuals, but also to strengthen the pipeline of talent and industry ecosystem within South Carolina.”

Foundation grants are awarded annually to qualifying South Carolina college students who have received an internship at a life sciences company within the Palmetto State. Funds are allocated for housing and transportation expenses during the internship period.

The SCbio Foundation was established to enhance the development and growth of South Carolina’s life sciences industry ecosystem by strengthening the state’s workforce, education, innovation, and research infrastructure. In line with SCbio’s mission, the vision of the foundation is to create the nation’s most industry-friendly and innovative life sciences ecosystem and business environment to fuel the knowledge economy in South Carolina. To support the foundation and learn more about its programs, visit

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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.