Life Sciences Leader Spotlight

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Christopher Hanson 
Life Sciences (Regulatory) Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP

What is your personal mission?

As an FDA regulatory attorney, I am constantly learning – about new federal and state legislation, agency policies, and evolving science.  This field is very intellectually challenging and cross-disciplinary.  I love marrying the law with science, statistics and mathematics, history, and policy.

Get to know Christopher Hanson

Favorite Place

North Litchfield Beach 

Favorite Quote

 “Don’t go looking for big things.  Do little things with great love.” 

Favorite Movie or Show

Royal Tenenbaums

Career Aspiration as a Child


Currently Reading

What an Owl Knows by Jennifer Ackerman


Longwood, Florida


What is your philosophy on leadership? 

I believe in leading by inclusion – making sure my team feels seen and heard.


Facts about your company

1,000+ attorneys and policy advisors across the United States


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

Nelson Mullins supports the legal needs of life sciences companies across a wide range of areas – FDA regulatory, mergers and acquisitions, employment, products liability litigation, healthcare compliance, and intellectual property.


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

Through SCbio, Nelson Mullins attorneys have had the opportunity to assist many of South Carolina’s thriving life sciences companies in addressing their most pressing legal needs.


What are you focused on in the next year?

Nelson Mullins looks forward to continuing being a vital part of South Carolina’s life sciences ecosystem by assisting companies in tackling their most sophisticated and complex legal and regulatory issues.

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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.