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SCbio Welcomes Chelsey Lee as Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lead

SOUTH CAROLINA – June 24, 2024 – SCbio welcomes Chelsey Lee as Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lead, a new role that will build resources and opportunities for life sciences startups in South Carolina.

Lee will oversee the operations and growth of SCbioDrive, a semiannual life sciences accelerator program designed to advance emerging platforms and technologies through expert business curricula, industry guidance and mentorship – all at no cost. She will also cultivate and maintain relationships with industry partners, investors, academic institutions and government agencies to enhance the support ecosystem for startups.

“We want to show entrepreneurs that South Carolina is the state where businesses, at their earliest stages, are set up for success and sustained growth,” said SCbio President and CEO James Chappell. “Because of Chelsey’s education, industry experience and previous success within our organization, I am confident she will deliver the resources emerging companies need and expand the growth and impact of SCbioDrive.”

Before her current role, Lee joined the SCbio team as a marketing intern, conducting industry-related research to create compelling student-focused content for digital marketing communications. She gained extensive life sciences industry knowledge through internships with KLS Martin, Arthrex and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

While achieving her master’s, Lee conducted medical device commercialization research for JTEKT, a manufacturing company based in Japan, and cell degeneration research for the Medical University of South Carolina.

Lee received her Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering and her Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from Clemson University.

SCbio is South Carolina’s investor-driven economic development organization exclusively focused on building, advancing, and growing the life sciences industry in the state. SCbio represents more than 1,000 organizations employing more than 87,000 professionals across the state and supports and advances organizations in multiple arenas including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and equipment, digital health, research and medical labs, bioscience distribution, bio-ag and more.

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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.