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Life Sciences Leader Spotlight

A person skiing on a snowy mountain.


Kimberlee Steele
Managing Director; SHL Medical

What is your personal mission?

My personal mission is to help develop people, products, and solutions that make people’s lives better. 

Get to know Kimberlee Steele

Currently Reading

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

(I’m an extrovert but trying to understand introverts too!)

Favorite Place

There are so many! In ski season –
I absolutely love Telluride. Any other time of year, I enjoy traveling in Europe or boating in South Florida.

Favorite Movie or Show

Yellowstone series
– especially 1923

Career Aspiration as a Child


Favorite Quote

“The sun shines in us not on us.” – John Muir


Kentwood, Michigan


What is your philosophy on leadership? 

Strong leadership is about clearly communicating goals and mission
to people with different experiences and outlooks – resulting in them getting aligned and working together towards a common goal.

My personal leadership philosophy is that I work for my team. It is my job to understand their needs, provide guidance, and help them remove obstacles they may face so they can do their best work.



Facts about your company

SHL Medical is a world-leading solutions provider in the
design, development, and manufacturing of advanced delivery devices including autoinjectors, pen injectors, and innovative specialty drug delivery systems.

  • 5,500+ Employees
  • Global presence in US, Europe & Asia
  • Vertically integrated to support custom and platform devices


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

I am Managing Director of SHL Pharma, the SHL Medical division focused on final assembly, label and pack of the devices that are designed and built at our other facilities around the world – and soon to be built in North Charleston, SC!


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

While very well established globally, SHL Medical is new to the South Carolina region and we really appreciate the support SCbio has given to connect us to vendors, partners, educational professionals, government leaders – and in general our new neighbors!

SCbio is helping us succeed in South Carolina – so we can give back to the community. 


 What are you focused on in the next year?

This year SHL is focused on completing the buildout of our new, highly automated, 270,000 sf facility in South Carolina – and bringing over 150 high quality jobs into the region this year alone. We will continue to grow in South Carolina and globally. 

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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.