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Life Sciences Leader Spotlight

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Dan Nodes
Chief Operating Officer; Vikor Scientific

What is your personal mission?

Be curious. I’ve had a pretty varied set of professional experiences and each one of them shaped my outlook. 

What inspires YOU to do your job?

I am inspired by the opportunity to learn something from each person and situation every day and make a difference.

Get to know Dan Nodes

Currently Reading

Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis

Favorite Place

Too many to name!

Favorite Movie or Show

Breaking Bad

Career Aspiration as a Child

I had several, but doctor was probably the one that recurred the most.

Favorite Quote

“Making your bed will reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right… If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” – Admiral William McRaven 


I grew up in Georgetown, SC, and now reside in Mt Pleasant.


What is your philosophy on leadership? 

Leadership is about empowering those around you to use their skills and grow.  It is not about being the smartest person in the room or knowing the answer, but about driving the best outcome leveraging everyone’s unique perspective and background.


Interesting fact about your company

Vikor Scientific is a molecular diagnostic lab focused on improving health outcomes through targeted, rapid pathogen detection. We have approximately 300 employees across the country.  Our value proposition is–

  • Robust tests focused on a spectrum of infectious disease pathogens
  • 24-hour turnaround time for patient results
  • Antibiotic resistance gene detection and pharmacy guidance to improve treatment outcomes


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

Doctors order our test when a patient’s symptoms seem more problematic or complicated or they are concerned about an infection being resistant to treatment. Our tests detect more difficult conditions faster and more accurately than a simple culture. Our goal is to lower overall treatment costs and improve patient outcomes.


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

SCbio gives us exposure to the full spectrum of life science activities across the state.  

Being a board member allows us greater networking opportunities with other leaders to explore potential partnerships and collaboration.


 What are you focused on in the next year?

Over the next year, we will continue to explore opportunities for new test types that can directly improve patient care.

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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.