Growth of South Carolina's Life Sciences, Upcoming Events featured in Statewide Radio Interview by SCBIO's Erin FordSCBIO's Erin Ford is featured statewide on South Carolina Business Review see more
Life sciences is one of the fastest-growing segments in South Carolina's economy, with an annual economic impact exceeding $11 billon. SCBIO Vice President Erin Ford is the featured guest on this edition of South Carolina Business Review, the popular business news program hosted by Mike Switzer airing on South Carolina Public Radio across the Palmetto State. Click here to hear Erin's comments about the life sciences industry, as well as a major upcoming event next week in Columbia.
A Charleston neighborhood is being transforned into a hotbed for life sciences firms see more
A plan from the early 2000s to transform part of Charleston’s Westside neighborhood into a hotbed for life sciences firms, medical device companies and innovative medical research is now in motion.
A large-scale development known as WestEdge is in the works on land bounded by Lockwood Boulevard, Fishburne Street, Hagood Avenue and Spring Street. A few hotels and office buildings, Brittlebank Park, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park and expansive gravel parking lots dot that part of the Westside today.
Nine Nephron employees to earn their Community Pharmacy Technician certificates at no cost... see more
Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp. is partnering with Apprenticeship Carolina to provide nine Nephron employees a chance to earn a Community Pharmacy Technician certificate at Midlands Technical College. Apprenticeship Carolina is a division of the S.C. Technical College System. Read on for full details.
SCBIO celebrates the accomplishments of all women in life sciences on International Women's Day... see more
In honor of International Women’s Day, BIO and SCBIO are celebrating the accomplishments of all women making a difference in the life sciences industry, and highlighting the work of two leaders and pioneers in healthcare—Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Penny Heaton, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute (Gates MRI).
At a fireside chat during the upcoming BIO 2018 (which SCBIO will be attending in force), Desmond-Hellmann and Heaton will lead a discussion about the mission and vision for the Gates MRI. As leaders in science and business, they have been instrumental in advancing medical breakthroughs and are champions for issues that affect women around the world. Read on for full details.
Industry subject matter experts to cover what businesses need to know about state industry see more
GREENVILLE, SC – February 14, 2018 – SCBIO will host a half-day program March 14, 2018 -- South Carolina Life Sciences Boot Camp: Essentials of a Growing Industry – to inform and update businesses and professionals from across the state on opportunities, trends and issues facing South Carolina’s fastest-growing industry segment.
To be held at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health in Columbia, the program will run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and will feature a light breakfast followed by presentations from over half a dozen noted life sciences industry leaders. Confirmed presenters and their topics are:
- Burnie Maybank, Author of the SC Life Sciences Act; Partner, Nexsen Pruet, “Life Sciences industry Economic Development Incentives”
- Stephanie Yarbrough, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson, “M&A 101 in the Life Sciences Space”
- Kathryn Cole Becker, Principal, Translational Science Solutions, “FDA 101 for Medical Devices”
- Jeff Stover, Partner, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, “IP Essentials for Life Sciences”
- John Osborne, Partner, Good Growth Capital, “Introduction to Life Science Innovation & Entrepreneurship”
- Public Policy Hot Topics – Speaker to be announced
Attendance is free to SCBIO members and employees of SCBIO member companies, and available for only $75 to Non-Members. Advance registration is required, and space is limited. To register, visit www.SCBIO.org/Events.
SCBIO is South Carolina’s investor-driven public/private economic development organization exclusively focused on building, advancing, and growing the life sciences industry in the state. The industry has an $11.4 billion annual economic impact in the Palmetto State, with more than 400 firms directly involved and 15,000 professionals employed in the research, development and commercialization of innovative healthcare, medical device, industrial, environmental and agricultural biotech and products. The state-wide nonprofit has offices in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston, and represents companies in the advanced medicines, medical devices, equipment, diagnostics, IT, and healthcare outcome industries.
SCBIO is the official state affiliate of BIO -- the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology organizations. SCBIO’s diverse membership is leading research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotech and med-tech products that will make a difference across the Palmetto State, and around the world.
For additional information on SCBIO, visit www.SCBIO.org.
Polymer extrusion manufacturer ZEUS Industrial is creating more than 350 new jobs in South Carolina see more
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. (Zeus), a leading polymer extrusion manufacturer and material science innovator, is expanding its existing operations in Calhoun County. The company’s $76 million investment is expected to create an additional 350 jobs over the next several years.
Founded in 1966, Zeus develops and manufacturers polymer tubing for a variety of industries, including the medical, fluid handling and electrical markets. Zeus works with customers in collaborative relationships to design, engineer and produce fluoropolymer and specialized plastic tubing that delivers the temperature resistance, chemical resistance and high-tensile strength demanded by today’s applications.
The expansion will occur approximately two miles from Zeus’ existing Gaston, S.C. facility, located off of I-26 near Exit 119. When completed in 2019, the facility will contain approximately 148,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Hiring for the initial phase of new positions will begin during the first quarter of 2018. Interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online(link is external) for more information.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. A $1 million Rural Infrastructure Fund grant was also awarded to Calhoun County to assist with the costs of site preparation and building construction.
“We are truly excited about expanding our presence in Calhoun County. We have been pleased with all of the local and state support that we have received since commencing our Gaston operations back in 1996. We remain committed to being a good citizen of the county, meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and, most importantly, providing quality careers for all of our employees in an atmosphere that will allow them to flourish.” –Zeus Industrial Products President and CEO John Winarchick
“Zeus has been a friend to South Carolina for decades, and we’re grateful for the continued commitment they’re showing to our people and the Calhoun County community by investing and creating more than 350 jobs there.” –Gov. Henry McMaster
“Zeus has been a longtime member of Team South Carolina, and I’m excited to see their operations grow once again. Over the last several decades, South Carolina has built an international reputation as a place that not only makes complex products, but makes them well. This announcement is a further testament to that.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“It is always exciting when a business chooses to invest its dollars into Calhoun County, but when an existing industry with a long-term relationship in our county chooses to expand their operations, it is a cause for celebration. We are thrilled that Zeus’ footprint in Calhoun County will be growing, and we know their future endeavors will be successful. Calhoun County continues to provide low taxes, reasonable regulation and a business-friendly environment, making a fertile field ripe for new investments. We are proud to have Zeus as part of the Calhoun County industrial family!” –Calhoun County Council Chairman David K. Summers Jr.
“We congratulate Zeus on this outstanding announcement. Zeus’ decision to construct another facility in Calhoun County will provide hundreds of local workers with top-notch employment while expanding the visibility of a much-admired brand. Zeus’ continued growth and success in the region is something we look forward to celebrating for many years to come.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan
FIVE FAST FACTS
- Zeus Industrial Products is expanding its Calhoun County operations.
- $76 million investment to create more than 350 new jobs.
- Zeus Industrial Products is a developer and manufacturer of fluoropolymer tubing for a variety of industries.
- When completed in late 2019, the facility will contain approximately 148,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
- Hiring for the initial phase of new positions should begin in the first quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online(link is external) for more information.
MED-ALLY is growing! The organization is locating new operations in South Carolina... see more
COLUMBIA, S.C. – MED-ALLY, a privately-held medical device manufacturer, is locating new operations in Berkeley County. The $2.38 million investment is expected to create 90 new jobs.
MED-ALLY is an innovative design, development and manufacturing company specializing in active implantable medical systems. The company has designed and developed VersaStim® neuromodulation platform technology, which treats patients with movement disorders, spinal cord injuries, chronic pain and traumatic brain injuries. The VersaStim® technology platform is available in external and implantable systems for clinicians to maximize therapy effectiveness and improve patient outcomes.
The company’s state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot manufacturing operation will be located in the Charleston International Manufacturing Center at 2040 Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek, S.C. An ISO Class 6 Clean Room, critical for the fabrication of implantable devices, will take up approximately half of the operating space. Expected to be fully operational in March 2018, MED-ALLY is already hiring for its new technical positions. Those interested in joining the team should visit www.med-ally.com(link is external).
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.
“We are indeed fortunate for the opportunity to join the many successful and class-leading companies that call the Lowcountry and Charleston home, and can only aspire to one day approach a close enough level of similar lofty accomplishments! Through the professional South Carolina organizations and wonderful associates at every level at the CRDA, SCRA, SCBIO, S.C. Commerce and others, more akin to treasured business partners over all else, we believe that we are surrounding ourselves with an enabling, empowering and conducive team like no other. We look forward to growing and prospering in Berkeley County amidst its wonderful constituency and leadership team.” –MED-ALLY, LLC CEO and Co-Founder Raja Edward Hitti
“We are excited to join the growing South Carolina medical device community and deliver innovative bioelectronic products that positively impact the global Healthcare market. The MED-ALLY team is looking forward to working with distinguished clinicians, university medical teams, industry partners and university students dedicated to providing disruptive medical device solutions to treat debilitated patients worldwide.” –MED-ALLY, LLC President and Co-Founder John Mulvihill
“It’s always exciting when a company decides to locate new operations in South Carolina, and we’re pleased to welcome such an innovative firm that’s focused on cutting-edge advanced manufacturing. I congratulate them on this new investment and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for them here.” –Gov. Henry McMaster
“The life sciences industry is one that presents significant growth opportunities for South Carolina, and today’s announcement by MED-ALLY is proof of that. I congratulate this innovative company and wish them much success in the Lowcountry.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“MED-ALLY’s announcement of its medical device manufacturing project in the Lowcountry is extremely exciting for Berkeley County; we are honored to welcome MED-ALLY, their investment and the 90 technical jobs they offer. MED-ALLY’s announcement is also further proof that Berkeley County is open for business, and Berkeley County means business. Through meetings with the company’s team, I am confident MED-ALLY will thrive in Berkeley County and also be incredible partners in job creation opportunities for many years to come.” –Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler
“We’ve been talking with MED-ALLY for some time about the competitive advantages the Charleston region offers, and we’re thrilled our community successfully competed against much larger U.S. metros to attract this implantable medical device manufacturer to locate its headquarters, R&D and manufacturing facility in Berkeley County. We are proud to welcome MED-ALLY to Charleston’s growing life sciences cluster. They will be a tremendous asset for many years to come.” –Charleston Regional Development Alliance Chairman Will Helmly
FIVE FAST FACTS
- MED-ALLY is locating new manufacturing operations in Berkeley County.
- $2.38 million investment to create 90 new jobs.
- MED-ALLY is a personalized health solutions company dedicated to manufacturing medical devices.
- Located at 2040 Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek, S.C., the company’s new facility is projected to be operational in March 2018.
- Those interested in joining the MED-ALLY team should visit www.med-ally.com(link is external).
Performance Validation Becomes a 100% Employee Owned Company see more
INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Performance Validation (PV), a nationwide leader in providing commissioning, qualification, validation, and quality services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, is pleased to announce the company has established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), becoming a 100% employee owned company.
Research has shown that ESOPs, coupled with a strong employee ownership culture (characterized as a strong organizational identity, and involvement oriented management philosophy), outperform comparable companies that are non-employee owned. The President of Performance Validation, and Kelso Fellow from Rutgers University, Richard Van Doel, Ph.D., stated "The ESOP is a great way for all of Performance Validation's employees to share in the wealth that they have helped to create. Our culture is characterized by similar traits of empowerment, team building, and employee involvement. While our culture has facilitated past success, the addition of broad based employee ownership will provide a direct connection between employee actions and company outcomes."
Employee education is a key element to the success of the ESOP, and Performance Validation has been preparing to establish the ESOP for quite some time. These steps have included joining The ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership, as well as participation at state and national level conferences. Additionally, PV has conducted training on employee ownership with all employees prior to the transition to an employee owned company.
Performance Validation was founded in 1988 by W. Thomas Stevens, a longtime advocate of employee ownership. Our teams have experience providing turnkey solutions to your project needs, or can provide resources to supplement your existing team. We have supported projects ranging from 1-2 week system qualifications to multi-million dollar greenfield manufacturing facilities – and everything in between. Learn more at www.perfval.com.
Zylö Therapeutics is locating new operations in Greenville County, SC. see more
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Zylö Therapeutics, a developer of state-of-the-art technology for the pharmaceutical industry, is locating new operations in Greenville County. The company is expected to create 30 new jobs.
Zylö Therapeutics has developed an innovative sustained-release drug-delivery system that delivers traditionally hard-to-deliver therapeutic agents through topical administration. With more than 10 years of research and development, the second generation of this technology continues to improve, providing 24-hour sustained release of a variety of agents, including nitric oxide, curcumin, lidocaine and more.
Zylö Therapeutics is headquartered at the NEXT on Main facility at 101 North Main Street in Greenville, S.C. NEXT is a program of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce that currently supports more than 100 knowledge-based companies in Upstate South Carolina.
Zylö Therapeutics’ operations will soon include a lab facility, where formulation and product development work will be performed. Those interested in joining the Zylö Therapeutics team should visit www.zylotherapeutics.com for more information.
“With the bulk of our scientists and advisors located in the Northeast corridor, we considered a variety of alternative locations, but Greenville represents a wonderful balance of small-town feel, sophistication, high growth and vibrancy. In addition, the city offers a wealth of start-up resources that will assuredly work to our advantage over time.” – Zylö Therapeutics CEO Scott Pancoast
“To see a company like Zylö Therapeutics choose to invest in our state and our people is an important sign to the business community around the world that South Carolina is the place to be. We’ve worked hard to create a pro-business environment and cultivate a highly-trained workforce, and those efforts continue to pay off.” –Gov. Henry McMaster
“The success of South Carolina’s booming life sciences industry continues to impress, and I congratulate Zylö Therapeutics on today’s tremendous announcement. Over the last two decades, we’ve seen a major transformation in South Carolina’s economy, and innovative companies like Zylö Therapeutics are responsible for it.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“Greenville County encourages growth in the bioscience sector of our economy. We are proud to welcome Zylö Therapeutics to Greenville as part of our vibrant bioscience community that is pioneering state-of-the-art technologies at the forefront of modern medicine. We wish great success for Zylö Therapeutics.” –Greenville County Council Chairman H.G. “Butch” Kirven Jr.
“Greenville has become increasingly attractive to industry leaders in next-generation medical care, as innovative companies like Zylö Therapeutics seek environments that can help connect resources, support emerging technologies and supply a dedicated workforce. The City of Greenville is thrilled to welcome Zylö to our vibrant downtown and we look forward to being a part of their company’s growth.” –City of Greenville Mayor Knox White
“We are excited to welcome Zylö Therapeutics as the newest member of NEXT and the Greenville startup community. This high-impact, knowledge-based company further strengthens the more-than-150 companies within this vibrant, entrepreneurial ecosystem.” –NEXT CEO John Moore
FIVE FAST FACTS
- Zylö Therapeutics is locating new operations in Greenville County.
- The start-up is projected to create 30 new jobs.
- Zylö Therapeutics is a developer of patented, state-of-the-art technology for the pharmaceutical industry.
- Headquartered in Suite 315 at 101 North Main Street in Greenville, S.C., the company’s operations will include a laboratory facility focused on formulation and product development.
- Those interested in joining the Zylö Therapeutics team should visit www.zylotherapeutics.com for more information.
SCBIO has named its 2018 Board of Directors and Board Chair see more
SCBIO has announced its 2018 Board of Directors and Executive Committee following formal confirmation at the life science organization’s December 2017 meeting in Columbia. Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation CEO Lou Kennedy will serve as SCBIO’s 2018 Board Chair.
Ms. Kennedy joined Nephron Pharmaceuticals in 2001, and assumed the position of President and CEO in 2007. She has held a variety of marketing and operational roles during her career and has helped Nephron Pharmaceuticals grow by 300% and increased shipped product to one billion doses each of the last seven years. Nephron recently built a state of the art manufacturing facility in West Columbia, South Carolina and, with her husband Bill, helped establish the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center in conjunction with the USC School of Pharmacy.
Joining Ms. Kennedy as officers on the SCBIO Executive Committee will be Craig Walker, CEO of VidiStar LLC as Vice Chair; Michael Rusnak, Executive Director of the Medical University of South Carolina Research Foundation as Treasurer; and Kathryn Cole Becker, Principal of Translational Science Solutions as Secretary. Additional members of the Executive Committee are Jeff Stover, Special Counsel with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA as Legal Officer; Stephanie Yarbrough, Partner with Womble Bond Dickinson, LLP as Annual Conference Officer; Bryan Davis, Operations Manager with Greenville Health System’s Office of Innovations as Healthcare/Innovation Officer; and Sam Konduros, President and CEO of SCBIO. Immediate Past Chair, Erin Ford, who now serves as the organization’s inaugural Vice President, was honored for her extraordinary board service during the December Board meeting.
Also elected to the 22-member Board of Directors for SCBIO are Darralyn Alexander, President of Reimbursement Strategies LLC; Mandy Brawley, Deputy Director of the South Carolina Department of Commerce; Jerry Chang, Vice President of Business Development for BioD; Matthew Couvillion, Attorney with the Wyche Law Form; J.J. Darby, State Government Affairs Leader for Johnson & Johnson Services; Tressa Gardner, Associate Vice president of the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology at Florence-Darlington Technical College; and Mike Graney, Vice President for Global Business Development of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance.
Completing the 2018 Board of Directors for SCBIO are Chad Hardaway, Associate Director of the Office of Economic Engagement at the University of South Carolina; Willard Harms, VP of Medical Affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina; Dr. Martine LaBerge, Chair of Clemson University’s Department of Bioengineering; Marc Metcalf, Business Recruitment Officer of the Upstate SC Alliance; Kathy Phlegar, President of Phlegar & Associates; Christine Dixon Thiesing, Director of Academic Programs for the South Carolina Research Authority; and Courtney Warren, Life Sciences Practice Chair for Marsh & McLennan Agency.
SCBIO President and CEO Konduros praised the Board and Executive Committee noting, “With the important work we are undertaking to actively advance life sciences R&D, biotech, med-tech, and digital health industries in South Carolina, we require strong, expert leadership from all across the state, fully integrating the business, education and economic development sectors. I am confident that these diverse leaders who reside in communities ranging from Murrells Inlet to Florence in addition to Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston, will effectively champion our vision of building the business of life sciences in South Carolina in 2018 and for years to come.”
SCBIO is South Carolina’s investor-driven public/private economic development organization exclusively focused on building, advancing, and growing the life sciences industry in the state. The industry already has an $11.4 billion annual economic impact in the Palmetto State, with more than 400 firms directly involved and 15,000 professionals employed in the research, development and commercialization of innovative healthcare, medical device, industrial, environmental and agricultural biotech and products. The state-wide nonprofit has offices in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston, and represents companies in the advanced medicines, medical devices, equipment, diagnostics, IT, and healthcare outcome industries.
The Board of Directors is the policy- and strategy-making body of the organization, and meets regularly to receive updates on SCBIO business and objectives, as well as domestic and global initiatives. The Executive Committee serves roles specific to SCBIO operations, focus areas and strategies.
SCBIO is the official state affiliate of BIO -- the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology organizations. SCBIO members include academic institutions, biotech companies, med-tech companies, entrepreneurial organizations, service providers, thought leaders, economic development organizations and related groups whose members are leading the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotech and med-tech products that will make a difference across the Palmetto State, and around the world.
Nephron announces 5% salary increases thanks to tax cuts law see more
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. – Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Nephron) CEO Lou Kennedy today announced five percent increases for all employees with the exception of commissioned employees. The raises are a direct result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was signed into law last week by President Donald Trump.
“We are excited that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has given us an opportunity to recognize their hard work and sacrifices with well-deserved raises”, said Lou Kennedy, CEO of Nephron.
Elected officials – including The Honorable Henry McMaster, Governor of South Carolina, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, Congressman Joe Wilson, state legislators and local elected officials – joined Kennedy and Nephron employees for today’s announcement celebration at the company’s West Columbia headquarters. Both of South Carolina’s U.S. Senators and six of the state’s seven members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
"I am grateful that the tax cuts House Republicans worked so hard to pass have had an immediate impact in the district,” said Congressman Joe Wilson. “I congratulate Lou and Bill Kennedy, as well as Nephron's entire team, on today’s announcement, and I wish them continued success.”
Nephron is a manufacturer of respiratory and compounded 503B outsourcing medications that employs 640 people in West Columbia. The company, which launched 34 new products in 2017, recently announced a $12.5 million expansion and expects to add 125 additional employees by June 2018.
Fifty percent of Nephron employees attended South Carolina universities or technical colleges. Nephron founder Bill Kennedy and CEO Lou Kennedy are University of South Carolina graduates and South Carolinians. The company is part of the life sciences industry in the State. This industry has a total $11.4 billion annual impact on the State economy.
For more information about Nephron, visit http://www.nephronpharm.com.
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Ritedose investing $10MM to expand in South Carolina see more
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Ritedose Corporation, a pharmaceutical products manufacturer, is once again expanding its Richland County operations with a $10 million investment.
Ritedose, which specializes in the production of inhalation products, eye drops, ear drops and oral liquids, has operated at Carolina Research Park for more than 20 years. In 2014, it expanded its operations and now plans to do so again with a new 140,000-square-foot facility at the Enterprise Industrial Campus of Midlands Technical College. Owned by the college, the business park is a 150-acre property off Powell Road in northeast Columbia, S.C.
For more information on The Ritedose Corporation, visit www.ritedose.com(link is external).
“This new facility represents the Ritedose Corporation’s continued commitment to Richland County, and is indicative of the company’s mission of maintaining our position as a global market leader.” –Ritedose President and CEO Umesh Dalvi
“To see a company like Ritedose choose to continue investing in our state is an important sign to the business community around the world that South Carolina is the place to be. We look forward to seeing the new heights the relationship between our state and this company will reach in the years to come.” –Gov. Henry McMaster
“We’re excited to see the continued success of our state’s thriving life sciences industry. I offer my congratulations to Ritedose Corporation on this tremendous achievement and look forward to supporting them as they grow and prosper in our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“The Ritedose Corporation’s decision to invest in Richland County is further evidence of the attributes of doing business in our community.” –Richland County Council Chair Joyce Dickerson
“Economic development and workforce development are the cornerstone of our mission at Midlands Technical College, and we are happy to partner with The Ritedose Corporation as they expand on our Enterprise Campus.” –Midlands Technical College President Dr. Ron Rhames
FIVE FAST FACTS
- Ritedose Corporation is constructing a new Richland County facility.
- $10 million investment.
- Ritedose is a manufacturer of pharmaceutical products.
- The company will be constructing a new 140,000-square-foot facility at Midlands Technical College’s Enterprise Industrial Campus off Powell Road in Columbia, S.C.
- For more information on The Ritedose Corporation, visit www.ritedose.com
Governor honors Konduros during keynote address at packed life sciences conference see more
SCBIO CEO Sam Konduros was presented with the Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest civilian honor, during SCBIO's annual conference at the Gaillard Center in Charleston last week.
Governor McMaster was one of the featured keynote speakers at the gathering, where he extolled the state's virtues as a growing life sciences cluster. Following his comments, he surprised Konduros and the crowd of nearly 300 life sciences executives and leaders by presenting the honor, citing Konduros’ long service to the state.
The Order of the Palmetto is the highest civilian honor in the State of South Carolina and is awarded for extraordinary lifetime service and achievements of national or statewide significance. The selections are screened and vetted by a bipartisan committee and then forwarded on to the governor for final consideration. Governor John C. West presented the first Order of the Palmetto in the summer of 1971 as a way to recognize outstanding achievements, service, and contributions to South Carolina.
Konduros, who became CEO at SCBIO about six months ago, says he was humbled by the honor.
"I have had a love affair with South Carolina for as long as I can remember, so to receive the state's highest civilian honor directly from the governor -- in the midst of the SCBIO Annual Conference -- was one of the most humbling and overwhelming experiences of my life," he said. "I was beyond surprised, and am extraordinarily grateful."
Konduros began serving as President and CEO of SCBIO (South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization) in Spring 2017, and has focused on leading the statewide organization to its next level of development. SCBIO is committed to building, advancing, and growing the life sciences industry in South Carolina, working closely with strategic partners from industry, academia, and the public/private sector - including complementary local, regional, and state economic development agencies such as the SC Department of Commerce. SCBIO is the official state affiliate of BIO -- the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology organizations.
Konduros has also served as Founder of SK Strategies, LLC - a Greenville-based consulting firm that specializes in economic development, public-private partnerships, integrated marketing and business development strategies for such clients as CU-ICAR, Clemson University, Greenville Health System, and KENTWOOL. He formerly served as Executive Director of the Greenville Health Research Development Corporation (RDC), as well as Senior Project Manager for the SC Department of Commerce, Alfmeier Corporation’s Executive VP for North America, and Founding CEO of Upstate SC Alliance in past years.
A licensed attorney since 1989, Konduros currently serves as board member and past chair of the Cancer Society of Greenville County, South State Bank Greenville Advisory Board, Palmetto Conservation Foundation board, and is a past executive committee/ and board member of the SC Chamber of Commerce.
SCBIO is South Carolina’s investor-driven economic development organization exclusively focused on building, advancing, and growing the life sciences industry in the state. The industry has an $11.4 billion economic impact in the Palmetto State, with more than 400 firms directly involved and 15,000 professionals employed in the research, development and commercialization of innovative healthcare, medical device, industrial, environmental and agricultural biotechnology products.
SCBIO is the official state affiliate of BIO -- the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology organizations – SCBIO members include hundreds of academic institutions, biotech companies, entrepreneurial organizations, service providers, thought leaders, economic development organizations and related groups whose members are leading the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products that transform how we heal, fuel and feed the world.
For additional information on SCBIO, visit www.SCBIO.org.