Vikor Scientific plans move to WestEdge in Charleston see more
Vikor Scientific, a biotech firm that provides targeted diagnostics to improve patient outcomes, is expanding and moving its headquarters into the 22 WestEdge building this spring.
The building is nearly complete and will include offices for both Vikor Scientific and members of senior management at MUSC Health, according to a news release.
Vikor, which is currently in offices in Suite 8 at 645 Meeting St. in downtown Charleston, provides medical professionals with diagnostic tools to improve treatments. The company takes a specimen and customizes molecular diagnostic panels to accurately detect and measure pathogens and antibiotic resistance within 12 to 24 hours.
“At Vikor’s new WestEdge location, together with South Carolina Research Authority, we’re creating a lab and office environment that people in Charleston have been craving for years,” Vikor co-founder Scotty Branch said. “Not only will our workforce feel good about going to work in a state-of-the-art facility looking out over a world-class city, we’re proud to invite scientists from across the country to visit our workspace.”
There are currently 53 employees at Vikor, and the company is hiring, the release said. The company’s WestEdge headquarters will include executive suites, sales and marketing teams, customer service, supply chain management and payer relations, plus clinicians, neuropharmacologists, medical specialists, researchers and scientists on multiple floors of the building.
Vikor co-founder and Medical University of South Carolina alumna Shea C. Harrelson said she is aware of potential collaboration opportunities with the neighborhood’s proximity to the medical district.
“We recently launched our research division, KOR Life Sciences, and we are interested in working with other scientists at MUSC to identify areas where synergy may be possible,” Harrelson said.
Michael Maher, CEO of The WestEdge Foundation Inc., said Vikor’s presence affirms the WestEdge vision. He said the neighborhood’s current and future living options, restaurants, retail, fitness, gathering and incubator spaces were developed with businesses like Vikor in mind.
The 22 WestEdge building will be the tallest multitenant office building on the peninsula and in the Charleston metro area when it opens, with 150,000 square feet of office and lab space, plus street-level space for cafes, restaurants and shopping, the release said.
Upon completion, the entire WestEdge project will encompass more than 3 million square feet of space on 60 acres along the Ashley River.
Husman launches new quality and compliance consultancy see more
Dr. David Husman has launched David Husman Consulting, LLC, a company that assists manufacturers with quality and compliance within the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and biotech industries. Services include quality program development, compliance auditing, remediation, and training.
Serving as president and principal consultant of the company, Dr. Husman holds a doctorate degree in biochemistry and has more than 30 years of diverse international experience in quality assurance, quality control, and regulatory affairs within the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and biotech industries. Before beginning David Husman Consulting, he was a principal consultant with Parexel Consulting. He also has served previously in leadership roles in quality assurance, quality control, and regulatory affairs.
Dr. Husman is certified in Good Manufacturing Practices and regulatory affairs. He earned his doctorate and bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He is a long-term member of various professional organizations, including the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, Parenteral Drug Association, American Society for Quality, and the S.C. Biotechnology Innovation Organization.
David Husman Consulting began accepting clients as of February 1, 2020. For more information, visit DavidHusmanConsulting.com.
Life sciences in South Carolina is big business -- and getting bigger by the day. Read why... see more
In this article published simultaneously in Charleston Business Magazine, Columbia Business Magazine and Greenville Business Magazine, SCBIO CEO Sam Konduros paints a picture of the diversity of the rapidly-growing life sciences industry, and why the future is exceedingly bright -- and getting brighter -- as the $11.4 billion industry soars to new heights across South Carolina.
Life sciences in South Carolina spans a diverse spectrum—from major pharmaceutical companies to globally known medical device companies.
It encompasses start-ups and early stage innovation companies and embraces prestigious research universities and acclaimed health care systems employing some of America’s finest minds. It includes research and medical labs, bioscience-related distribution, even Bio-Ag tied to the state’s historical agricultural segment. Click to read complete article...
A Columbia, SC-based biotech firm has introduced a new INTip solution with a proprietry design... see more
Columbia, SC – DPX Technologies announces a new INTip solution that utilizes a proprietary design for micro-elution dispersive solid phase extraction. DPX INTip solutions are designed to simplify sample preparation methods, and the μElution dSPE tip provides an automated solution for optimal sensitivity.
“The μElution dSPE tips were developed as an addition to the dSPE product line, that give our customers the ability to reduce elution volumes and increase sensitivity for downstream analysis,” said William E. Brewer, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of DPX Technologies. “DPX micro-elution methods eliminate solvent evaporation and reduce the challenges for sample preparation of high throughput, high sensitivity assays.”
Medical device manufacturer launching new operations in the Upstate; life science boom continues see more
Medical device manufacturer launching new operations in the Upstate
Monday, October 16, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Arthrex, Inc., a global orthopedic medical device company, headquartered in Naples, Fla., is launching new manufacturing operations in Anderson County. The $69 million capital investment is expected to create more than 1,000 new jobs over the next several years.
With a corporate mission aimed at helping surgeons treat patients better, Arthrex is a leader in new product development and medical education in orthopedics. The company is a pioneer in the field of arthroscopy and has developed more than 11,000 innovative products and surgical procedures to advance minimally invasive orthopedics worldwide.
Located at 5500 Highway 76 in Sandy Springs, S.C., Arthrex will be constructing a new 200,000-square-foot facility to manufacture its innovative orthopedic devices and implants. Hiring for the new positions should begin in the next 12 to 18 months, and interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online(link is external).
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.
“Arthrex is pleased to bring its innovative spirit and unique culture to Anderson County, S.C. and we look forward to leveraging the outstanding work done in the area to prepare future employees for high-level manufacturing jobs.” –Arthrex Vice President of Manufacturing Andy Owen
“South Carolina’s business-friendly climate continues to attract companies in every industry, and we’re proud to welcome Arthrex, Inc. to our growing business community. This a milestone for Anderson County, and we can’t wait to see the difference these jobs will make in the region.” –Gov. Henry McMaster
“Not only does our state excel in manufacturing, we’re also increasingly becoming a top choice for companies in the life sciences sector. Arthrex joins an impressive roster of life sciences firms that call South Carolina home, and we look forward to watching them grow in Anderson County for years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“We are absolutely thrilled to begin our partnership with Arthrex. Their precision medical products are used by medical professionals around the globe, and the fact that our citizens have been chosen to make them says volumes about the quality of our workforce as well as the skills training we provide.” –Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn
“This announcement takes our county in an exciting direction. Our goal of establishing a diverse economic base for our citizens is becoming a reality. The presence of this world-class company in our community speaks for who we are in Anderson, and we welcome them with open arms.” –Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen, District Four
FIVE FAST FACTS
- Arthrex is launching new manufacturing operations in Anderson County.
- $69 million capital investment to create more than 1,000 new jobs.
- Arthrex is a leading manufacturer of orthopedic medical devices.
- Located at 5500 Highway 76 in Sandy Springs, S.C., the company will be constructing a new 200,000-square-foot facility to manufacture its innovative orthopedic devices and implants.
- Hiring for the new positions should begin in the next 12 to 18 months, and interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online.
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.
South Carolina's life sciences industry is booming. Read on for details... see more
From pharmaceuticals and medical devices to research and laboratory testing, the state's life sciences field is booming. The Charleston and Lowcountry region is home to many established companies and start-ups making a mark on the biomedical and health industries. Read on for the full story from Charleston Business Magazine's 2018 State of the Lowcountry Report.
Lonza's $46 million investment expected to create new jobs in Greenwood, SC see more
Lonza, one of the world’s leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, biotech and specialty ingredients markets, today announced plans to expand operations in Greenwood County. The company is investing $46 million over the next five years and is expected to generate 30 new jobs as a result.
Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Lonza harnesses science and technology to create products that enhance the overall quality of life for patients and consumers around the world. Through its acquisition of Capsugel in July 2017, Lonza now offers products and services from the custom development and manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients to innovative dosage forms.
Lonza’s Greenwood County operations, which are located at 535 North Emerald Road in Greenwood, S.C., produce empty capsules and finished dosage forms for the global biopharma and consumer health and nutrition markets. To expand, the company is adding approximately 50,000 square feet of new manufacturing space, which will enable the firm to produce key nutritional ingredients, among other projects.
With construction expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2019, hiring for the new positions will take place starting in mid-2018. Those interested in joining the Lonza team should visit the company’s careers page online(link is external).
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $300,000 Set Aside grant to Greenwood County to assist with the costs of site work and infrastructure improvements.
“Lonza is making a significant investment in our operations in Greenwood, further demonstrating our commitment to providing high-quality products and services to our customers worldwide. Greenwood County is rich with talented, skilled individuals who will enhance our global and regional footprint, particularly in the area of consumer health and nutrition.” –Lonza Specialty Ingredients COO Sven Abend
“South Carolina’s workforce continues to demonstrate unmatched excellence; and, as a result, global companies like Lonza are growing and thriving here. I look forward to seeing all that these new positions will be able to produce and achieve in the years to come.” –Gov. Henry McMaster
“The Palmetto State’s life sciences industry continues to expand, showcasing South Carolina’s ability to produce a variety of advanced products. We congratulate Lonza and look forward to their continued success in Greenwood County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“Lonza has been an excellent job provider and a source of economic prosperity for Greenwood County. Their new expansion is exciting and encouraging, as it means their good work will continue to produce positive results for people locally and globally.” –Greenwood County Council Chairman Steve Brown
“We congratulate our friends at Lonza on today’s expansion announcement. Lonza’s continued growth within Greenwood County speaks to the company’s dedication and commitment to the area and the future of life sciences in South Carolina.” –Greenwood Partnership Alliance Chair Dr. Kristin Manske
FIVE FAST FACTS
- Lonza is expanding operations in Greenwood County.
- $46 million investment to create 30 new jobs.
- Lonza designs, develops and manufactures a wide range of innovative dosage forms for the biopharmaceutical and consumer health and nutrition industries.
- The company is adding 50,000 square feet to its Greenwood County facility, which is located at 535 North Emerald Road in Greenwood, S.C.
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.
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.
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.
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.