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Life Sciences Leader Spotlight

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Michael Graney
Vice President of Global Business Development at Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA)

What is your personal mission?

To make an impact.

Get to know Michael Graney

Favorite Place

Paris; Most underrated place is Düsseldorf

Favorite Quote

“Do not let what you cannot do get in the way of what you can do.” – John Wooden

Favorite Movie or Show


Career Aspiration as a Child

NBA Basketball player


Springfield, Massachusetts


What is your philosophy on leadership? 

Opening up opportunities for people that they did not see for themselves.


Facts about your company

  • CRDA serves as a catalyst for long-term economic prosperity in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties by attracting the world’s best companies, talent and entrepreneurs. 
  • CRDA helps streamline the site selection process, assisting with talent, buildings and sites, financing, providing connectivity to supply chain resources and workforce training needs.


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

We are huge believers in the opportunity to grow the life sciences in SC. We appreciate SCbio support as we attract world-class companies, talent and entrepreneurs to Charleston.


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

Collaboration to help put South Carolina “on the map” for life sciences.


What are you focused on in the next year?

We always have our eye on attracting major projects. We are equally focused on identifying research and clinical partnerships for MUSC and building out our financing and talent attraction capabilities.

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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.