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Accelerator for Emerging Life Sciences Companies

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How It Works

During this eight-week hybrid program, we connect you with:

  • Six industry-specific curriculum modules led by experts
  • A small, dedicated group of industry mentors tailored to fit your needs
  • Networking opportunities and industry connections:
    • End-of-program Demo Day, where you’ll present your company to a curated group who can take your company to the next level
    • 1:1 targeted partnering opportunities meeting(s) with life sciences leaders
    • A $2,000 stipend to cover Demo Day travel expenses

Inaugural Cohort Program Timeline

  • Application Deadline: July 12
  • Accepted Companies Notified: Week of August 26
  • Accelerator Start Date: September 23
  • In-Person Demo Days: November 18-21

How You Benefit

Through our partnership with MassBio, SCbioDrive companies will experience complete a program model with proven success and be able to:

  • Access a large network of venture capitalist through SCbio and Massbio associations.
  • Participate in select MassbioDrive events and Demo Days, increasing your visibility to potential investors.

Applicant Qualifications

You’re eligible to apply for SCbioDrive if:

  • You have a therapeutic that you believe can become the next big biotech startup
  • Your startup has access to the intellectual property for your science or technology, either through a license agreement or through an option agreement to negotiate a license agreement
  • Your startup has raised less than $2 million in equity-based funding
  • You will be able to participate in all cornerstone components of the program (curriculum, weekly mentoring sessions, and networking events)
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SCbioDrive is an accelerator program designed to advance emerging companies through expert business curricula industry guidance and mentorship.

A semiannual program, SCbioDrive will select up to six seed-stage therapeutics companies for an eight-week course, consisting of seven weeks of virtual instruction followed by one week in person at SCbio facilities in Charleston, S.C.

Company founders will complete industry-specific curriculum modules, led by experts from leading companies. Each cohort will conclude with an in-person Demo Day.

What You Will Learn


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Mentors play an invaluable role in helping SCbioDrive companies grow and develop. 

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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.