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Life Sciences Leader Spotlight


Herbert L. Drayton III
Managing Partner at HI Mark Capital

What is your personal mission?

Identifying resources for entrepreneurs across the state and liberally sharing this information to ensure systemic barriers are not the reason their business is not successful.

Get to know Herbert Drayton

Favorite Place

Any excellent restaurant in downtown Charleston

Favorite Quote

Semper Fi – US Marine Corps

Favorite Movie or Show

A tie – Top Gun and X

Career Aspiration as a Child



Charleston, South Carolina


What is your philosophy on leadership? 

  • The best leaders understand the importance of being an accessible coach and mentor. They also know the difference between the two.
  • Strong leadership includes resilience and pattern recognition in people and processes. And they have an outsized abundance mentality.


Facts about your company

  • We invest in BIPOC and women led tech enabled companies in the southeast.
  • Connecting BIPOC and women led companies to resources (other than equity investments) across the state.


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

Introducing minorities to careers in life sciences and searching for minority companies to introduce to the space to become members.


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

Better understanding of the scope and potential of the life sciences industry in the state.


What are you focused on in the next year?

Educating women and minorities about the field of Venture Capital

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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.