Life Sciences Leader Spotlight
Chief Innovation Officer; Medical University of South Carolina
What is your personal mission?
I love operationalizing things, the more complex the better. Building an innovation ecosystem at MUSC allows me to creatively problem solve and create pathways. I’m constantly learning and growing. And, I love that I get to work with incredibly smart people doing amazing things all across the state.
Get to know Jesse Goodwin
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver.
I’m an avid reader and it’s my 20th book this year so far.
My house. I love to travel, but there’s no place like home.
Favorite Movie or Show
Whatever I am currently binge watching.
Career Aspiration as a Child
The Serenity Prayer – I recite it to myself at least once a week.
What is your philosophy on leadership?
I believe in courageous authenticity and service leadership. My role models are excellent communicators – open, direct, and kind, and all demonstrate a willingness to roll up their sleeves and help. I try to model these behaviors.
Facts about your company
- Comprehensive academic medical system with 6 colleges and 14 hospitals
- >25,000 employees
- $298M research funding (2022)
- “Innovation” is central to our vision, values, pillars of excellence, and strategic plan.
Tell us about your role in SC’s Life Sciences Ecosystem…
MUSC contributes to the SC life science ecosystem at multiple stages in the life cycle of new product development. Our research produces new discoveries, creating a large base of startup companies which support high-paying STEM jobs. And in FY23 we enrolled patients in over 1100 clinical trials.
Tell us what value and benefits your organization is receiving through membership in SCbio…
A robust life science ecosystem is critical to MUSC’s strategic plan. That takes coordinated effort from many sectors – manufacturing, workforce development, funders, etc. SCbio is the convener of those important elements and as a board member, we get to contribute to the bigger strategic initiatives that propel the state forward.
What are you focused on in the next year?
Over the last several years, MUSC has built a really solid foundation to support life science innovation. We’re at an inflection point and are focused on solidifying the x-factor resources – more incubator space, accelerator program, and funding. Partnerships are key to these.
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