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Life Sciences Leader Spotlight

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Dave Shalaby
President of Poly-Med 

What is your personal mission?

I am inspired by a sense of urgency to move forward.

Get to know Dave Shalaby

Favorite Place

Sitting outside a cafe having dessert, preferably in the winter time… anywhere in France

Favorite Quote

    “Can’t get blood from a stone” –
Old English Proverb

Favorite Movie or Show

Currently watching Invasion

Career Aspiration as a Child



Tewksbury, New Jersey


What is your philosophy on leadership? 

Strong leadership starts with pulling together a group that believes in each other and can make hard decisions for the cause. 



Facts about your company

  • Poly-Med is a unique collection of creative people who are passionate about making an impact.
  • We design, develop, and manufacture custom biotechnology materials to propel specialty product visions into tangible, highly-competitive, and unique medical devices.


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

We have always viewed ourselves as a small but mighty South Carolina company that competes on the world stage with the products that we develop.  It is our hope to make South Carolina the premier place that designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes products that positively affect patient outcomes throughout the world. We also work with SCbio to build programs that develop future scientists, engineers, and technicians in the industry.


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

We have had the opportunity to represent the state on a global stage and to work towards future changes in South Carolina and US healthcare policy.  Getting to work with Erin Ford is especially rewarding!

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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.