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South Carolina Life Sciences Mourns the Passing of Industry Advocate and Friend Mike Briggs

Earlier this week, South Carolina life sciences and our state in general lost one of its great economic development champions. Mike Briggs, former president and CEO of the Central SC Alliance, passed away following a valiant battle with cancer. 

Mike began what would become a two-plus decade tenure with the Central SC Alliance in 1997, just three years after the organization’s inception. Alongside the organization’s members and stakeholders, he worked tirelessly in the collaborative regional effort to attract and grow industry within Central SC’s footprint. His participation and early adoption of statewide marketing initiatives helped expand the voice of the region and South Carolina, both domestically and globally. He was a strong champion of and friend to South Carolina’s life sciences community as well.

Known for warm welcomes and unmatched hospitality, Mike was recognized as a trailblazer in economic development. And while success was important, he always kept family in focus and was quick to inquire about significant life events (weddings, babies and the like). He retired this June after 23 years of service. 

Mike was a longtime friend and colleague to many in South Carolina’s business community, and he leaves a lasting legacy. The life sciences community and SCbio extend our sincere condolences to the Briggs family.

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