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Life Sciences Leader Spotlight

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Mission

Caroline D. Brown, MBA
Chief Strategy and External Affairs Officer of MUSC

What is your personal mission?

As a mom and South Carolina native, I’m fueled by the opportunity to impact the health of all South Carolinians. 

Get to know Caroline Brown

Favorite Place

Dewees Island, SC and Chobe National Park in Botswana 

Favorite Quote

“I stand on the sacrifices of a million women before me – thinking – what can I do to make this mountain taller so the women after me can see farther?” – Legacy by poet Rupi Kaur

Favorite Movie or Show

 Schitt’s Creek 

Career Aspiration as a Child

Veterinarian or Tennis Player

Hometown

Charleston, SC

Leadership

What is your philosophy on leadership? 

Strong leadership is about building relationships and helping individuals lean into their strengths and grow. It is setting high expectations while also modeling what it is to be human and to have many interests and priorities. It is about inspiring people to think outside the box and offer solutions to society’s biggest challenges.

Impact

Facts about your company

  • MUSC is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system
  • 25,000+ employees
  • The #1 hospital in SC for almost a decade running
  • Patients from all 46 counties in South Carolina
  • 3,000+ medical, dental, nursing, and other health professions students
  • Nearly 1,000 medical residents

Role

Tell us about your role in SC’s Life Sciences Ecosystem…

MUSC is one of 3 flagship research universities in the state and is the only comprehensive academic health system. We are the tip of the spear in terms of advancing new discoveries that impact patient care, educating the future health care workforce, and we are increasingly becoming South Carolinians’ health care provider of choice across the state. Our role as a foundation of the SC knowledge economy and a driver of innovation is key to the overall life science ecosystem.

Value

Tell us what value and benefits your organization is receiving through membership in SCbio…

Being a board member at SCbio has been incredibly beneficial for MUSC to connect with the existing life science industry and help drive its growth. I have been on the board for 5 years and have even served as an annual conference chair. I am so proud of what the organization is doing to put SC on the map for our life sciences industry.

Future

What are you focused on in the next year?

MUSC is constantly growing and evolving. We are focused on leading health innovation for the lives we touch. This includes mapping out strategies for addressing artificial intelligence in health care, new care models, revolutionizing research, and improving how we educate future health care professionals. Our mission to preserve and optimize human life in SC continues.

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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.