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    DC BLOX adds to Greenville presence with Myrtle Beach addition see more

    Compliments of Business Facilities Magazine

    South Carolina’s business climate continues to gain momentum across its counties. Recently, DC BLOX, Inc. announced plans to expand operations in Horry County. The company will invest more than $31.5 million and hire several positions to operate a data center.

    DC BLOX is building a specialized data center known as a Cable Landing Station (CLS) in Myrtle Beach that will serve as the landing point for subsea optical communication cables. It will provide power to the cables to regenerate the optical signal, host local network equipment associated with the cables, provide colocation space for cable partners and local businesses, and serve as a regional exchange point for communications providers. The new CLS will be anchored by a major hyperscale tenant with a new subsea system connecting North America’s Southeast region to South America.

    Horry County South Carolina The Myrtle Beach area is within two days’ drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population. (Photo: Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development)

    DC BLOX is a leader in providing reliable and secure tier III data centers and connectivity to businesses in growing markets. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, the Myrtle Beach facility will be the second data center the company has built in South Carolina—the other in Greenville.

    DC BLOX will purchase 21.12 acres in the Myrtle Beach International Technology & Aerospace Park. The company plans to construct multiple buildings, beginning with a 40,800 square foot state of the art data center, which will be immediately expanded based on additional customer demand. The investment includes over $31.5 million in its initial phase with a projected economic value to the region of over $400 million.

    The Myrtle Beach facility is the second data center DC BLOX has developed in South Carolina. The company’s first data center opened in January of 2022 in Greenville and is already expanding to host a local enterprise customer. Available positions will be advertised at a later date upon completion.

    Jeff Uphues, CEO, DC BLOX, said, “The Southeast is exploding with opportunity and investments in digital infrastructure are key to its growth. We are proud to announce plans for our second data center in the state of South Carolina with this new Cable Landing Station in Myrtle Beach. Our continued investments in data centers and fiber network infrastructure is a benefit to hyper-scalers, carriers, and enterprises across the region, and we are thankful to the City of Myrtle Beach, Horry County and the state of South Carolina for their tremendous support in making this project happen.”

    Myrtle Beach: Strategic Business Advantages

    Myrtle Beach, SC is strategically located halfway between New York City and Miami on the Eastern Seaboard, making it an ideal location to expand and grow a business. The exceptional business climate and superior quality of life, combined with a dynamic workforce and abundant resources for businesses, will provide a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Horry County is one of the fastest growing MSAs in the nation. In 2020, the county’s population is 351,029 people, a 44 percent increase since 2000.

    Accessibility. The Myrtle Beach area is a mere two days’ drive from two-thirds of the U.S. population, including all major East Coast markets plus Chicago, Detroit, and Dallas. Ten million people live within a 500 mile radius of the Grand Strand market.

    Low Cost of Doing Business. The Myrtle Beach area offers a business-friendly tax structure. Utility rates are 25 percent below the national average; there are competitive wages for employees; and low unionization.

    Target Industries

    Aerospace/Aviation. The Myrtle Beach region is a prime location for the aviation and aerospace industry due to its extensive infrastructure and close proximity to the Ports of Charleston, Wilmington, Georgetown and Savannah.

    The area is located just 90 miles north of the Boeing facility in Charleston and 75 miles south of the GE aircraft engine facility in Wilmington, NC. A variety of industrial properties well-suited to the aerospace industry, including ITAP, the International Technology and Aerospace Park are found in Myrtle Beach.

    Advanced Manufacturing. Manufacturing is a growing and thriving industry in Myrtle Beach. With access to a well-trained, readily available workforce and an affordable operating environment, more and more companies are looking to relocate or expand their businesses to the Grand Strand.

    Specialized workforce development and training programs are available in machine operations, C&C, welding, robotics, engineering, and more.

    Technology. An abundant and robust telecommunications infrastructure provides an excellent network foundation for technology companies, corporate headquarters, and call center businesses. There is a large, adaptable workforce in Horry County with some of the most competitive wages in the U.S.

    Horry County offers a variety of available sites and buildings that are ideal locations for technology businesses, corporate office or back office space.

    Marine. With easy access to the ICWW and ultimately to the entire eastern seaboard, any business needing waterway access or use will not only find an ideal location but a talented and dedicated workforce. Additionally, its workforce development and education partners are committed to assisting businesses in development training programs to meet the needs of each individual industry.

    The Bucksport Marine Park is a partnership among Grand Strand Water and sewer Authority, Santee Cooper, Horry County Government, and the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation. One of the greatest assets of this site is its direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW). It is constructed on a 100-acre site adjacent to the historic Bucksport Marina located approximately 30 nautical miles from Winyah Bay and 30 nautical miles from Little River inlet.

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    CAI named as an official Kneat Platform Partner see more

    CAI, a global consulting company that provides technical, operational consulting, and project management services to life sciences, data centers, and industrial process manufacturing industries, today confirmed its status as an official Kneat Platform Partner with the launch of its own validated Kneat Gx software instance following the initial development of a strategic partnership with Kneat Solutions in early 2022.

    The Kneat Gx instance, a 21 CFR Part 11 and Annex 11 electronic records and signatures compliant SaaS validation solution, enables CAI to host work product on behalf of its clients, including reviews, approvals, and execution of protocols.

    The CAI instance of Kneat Gx will provide a mechanism for Knowledge Management that is married directly to work product, by enabling tools and templates to be stored and managed in the same platform and format, where they can and should be used.

    “Our Kneat Gx environment gives us the ability to serve our clients more efficiently, using industry best in class standardized off-the-shelf content while removing the geographic obstacles to collaboration within our global network of industry professionals,” states Mike Martin, CEO of CAI. He continues, “I am excited for what the future holds!”

    “CAI continues to demonstrate their commitment to enhancing their client experience and results through the adoption of digital validation and through their partnership with Kneat,” commented Rick Mineo, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Kneat. “We are very pleased to partner with CAI, and we look forward to continuing to scale our solutions”


    About CAI:
    Since CAI’s founding in 1996, we have delivered nearly a billion dollars in services for hundreds of clients across thousands of projects globally. With offices in the US, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Korea, Switzerland, India, Ireland, Italy, China, Singapore, United Kingdom, and Malaysia, we have built an international team of over 850 professionals providing local support from a global company. Our engineering, technical, and consulting services deliver mission critical facilities with a high level of performance and reliability. When operational readiness is critical, CAI delivers to a higher standard.  https://cagents.com/

     

    About Kneat:
    Kneat, a Canadian company with operational headquarters in Limerick, Ireland, develops and markets the next generation Kneat Gx SaaS platform. Multiple business work processes can be configured on the platform from equipment to computer system validation, through to quality document management. Kneat’s software allows users to author, review, approve, execute testing online, manage any exceptions, and post approve final deliverables in a controlled FDA 21 CFR Part 11/ Eudralex Annex 11 compliant platform. Macro and micro report dashboards enable powerful oversight into all systems, projects and processes globally. Customer case studies are reporting productivity improvements in excess of 100% and a higher data integrity and compliance standard. For more information visit www.kneat.com

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    Precision Genetics featured in Silicon Review article see more

    Courtesy of Silicon Review

    Silicon Review recently interviewed Nate Wilbourne, founder and CEO of Precision Genetics-- a life sciences organization based in Greenville, SC -- about how the company is making a difference in helping patients use of tools to share genetic risk assessments with their healthcare provider.  Enjoy the complete article here.

     

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    Informatics and data science in serving specific populations who are experiencing health inequities see more

    With $1.2 million in funding from the National Library of Medicine, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Clemson University will establish a new training program that aims to make future data scientists more aware of health inequities. It will also build career development pipelines in biomedical data science for students from underrepresented minorities. The program will place special emphasis on using data science to address the toll chronic illness takes on rural communities.

    South Carolina is the ideal location for a training program focused on addressing health inequities. Forty-three of its 46 counties, many of them rural, are designated as completely or partially medically underserved by the Health Resource and Services Agency (HRSA). South Carolina ranks 42nd for life expectancy (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), due in part to its high levels of chronic disease. The state has the eighth highest rate of diabetes (South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control) and sixth highest rate of stroke deaths (CDC) in the nation.

    The leaders of the SC BIDS4HEALTH training program believe that harnessing big data could help to change that.  Click to continue reading the full story, compliments of MUSC  Catalyst News.

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    Move signals focus on data to drive growth in SC see more

    The reliance on pro-active information technology (IT) and data reporting is critically important in today’s global economy. And, S.C. Commerce is committed to embracing progressive approaches to use data to drive new and creative ways to grow the state’s economy.

    With that in mind, Commerce is pleased to welcome Rebecca Gunnlaugsson, Ph.D. as the agency’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this newly minted role, she will lead the agency’s Office of Information Management and Technology which is responsible for effective data management including support systems, as well as reporting and forecasting analytical information to drive operational decision-making and strategic planning.

    With more than 20 years of experience in consulting and advanced research and IT development principles, Gunnlaugsson is an economist specializing in statistical analysis and econometric modeling to develop interactive, visual methods to deliver data-driven insights and recommended policy solutions. And, she previously served at Commerce as the Director of the Division of Research and subsequently the Chief Economist from 2007 to 2011.

    “I am thrilled to rejoin the S.C. Commerce family as CIO and look forward to working with our team to advance Commerce’s IT and data management systems,” said Gunnlaugsson. “The more readily accessible data and research are, the more reliable information we can provide to economic development stakeholders and companies we are working to recruit to South Carolina.”

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    New DNA-based approach may be wave of the future see more

    Compliments of Greenville Business Magazine

    If your doctor knew your risk for colon cancer or heart disease years before the disease developed, he or she could help you take steps to prevent it.

    And by collecting DNA samples from thousands of South Carolinians, the Medical University of South Carolina is embarking on a project which hopes to do just that. 

    In the initiative, which stakeholders call the first of its kind in the state, MUSC is partnering with population genomics company Helix to study DNA to drive a concept known as precision medicine. It allows providers and patients to develop health care plans with a more preventive approach.

    The power in precision medicine cannot be overstated, said Dr. Lori McMahon, vice president and associate provost for research at MUSC.

    “Genes are what make us who we are,” she told Integrated Media, publisher of Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly and Charleston Business Magazine. 

    “What we learn here … will influence care for individuals across the country and across the globe.” 

    The earlier genes associated with a disease are found, the better the chances of successful treatment, said Dr. Dan Judge, professor of medicine and cardiology at MUSC and director of cardiovascular genetics.

    Theoretically, this concept might have helped “Black Panther” star and Anderson, S.C., native Chadwick Boseman, he said.

    Boseman died last year of colon cancer at the age of 43, seven years before traditional colonoscopy screening typically begins, he said. 

    Had he learned through DNA testing that he had a propensity to develop the disease, that screening could have begun much earlier, perhaps in time to keep the cancer from progressing, he said.

    And a woman with a genetic predisposition to breast cancer might begin mammograms at an earlier age or get more sensitive MRIs instead, Judge said.

    “We hope we’ll be saving lives with this project,” he said. “That’s really the bottom line.”

    The project will focus on certain forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease initially, but hopes to expand to other diseases in time, McMahon said.

    Called “In Our DNA SC,” the project hopes to enlist 100,000 South Carolina adults – 25,000 a year for four years, Judge said.

    The initiative will start with MUSC patients who already have an electronic health record and an upcoming appointment, he said. They will get a message through MyChart to let them know they’re eligible. Later, it will expand across South Carolina.

    “It won’t be something that private physicians can order directly,” he said. “This program requires people to sign up through a review board process so that it’s gone through protocol, and safety and confidentiality issues are all addressed.”

    Similar programs have identified as many as one in 75 participants who were at risk for a serious health issue, 90 percent of which would not have been discovered through traditional practice, said Dr. James Lu, CEO and co-founder of California-based Helix, which describes itself as a population genomics company at the intersection of clinical care, research and genomics.

    “By expanding access and making genomic data actionable for health care providers,” he said, “we will be able to work in tandem with MUSC … to identify risk earlier and prevent or mitigate serious diseases for its community and beyond.”

    The popularity of companies like 23andme shows that people want to understand their genetics, McMahon said.

    “People are even buying DNA kits for their dogs,” she said.

    The genetic test is free to participants and involves only a saliva sample.

    Genetic counseling will be provided to patients whose DNA reveals a risk for disease so there can be further discussion of what it means for the patient and for family members who might be at risk as well, he said.

    In addition to the clinical component, the project has a research component that will develop a dataset to advance genomics research.

    It also will examine how genetic changes influence the development and progression of disease, McMahon said, and help in the development of new and better therapeutics. 

    For instance, some people respond to certain blood pressure medications while others don’t, but it’s not understood why.

    “This will help us try to understand the genetic basis for that,” she said, “and who may need alternate therapy.” 

    Caroline Brown, chief of external affairs at MUSC, said the hospital system and Helix took steps to ensure that patient data are secure. While the results are linked to the patient’s medical record so his provider has access to them, the information is de-identified for research purposes, she said.

    The genetic results will be entered into the participants’ medical records, like a chest X-ray or MRI results are, where they are available to insurers, Judge said.

    While there is a law called the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act that protects people from health insurance or employment discrimination on the basis of genetics, information in medical records can be used to deny life insurance or charge more for it, he said. Patients will be informed of that as part of the consent form for participation, he said.

    Brown said that as a state academic medical center, MUSC is focused on building its genomics prowess to ensure it can be a leader in precision medicine in the future. It chose to partner with Helix because of its established data analytics platform which is capable of large-scale projects like this, she said.

    “MUSC looked for a strategic partner to offer genetic testing that can be provided to the patient and his provider so they better know how their genetic makeup impacts their health,” she said. 

    MUSC has identified funding for the program, Brown said, but she declined to divulge the cost.

    McMahon said that when patients and providers are armed with genetic information, they can make better decisions about care going forward and push health care to a new level.

    “This is the way of the future,” she said.

    And Judge said he expects it will likely be routine within 20 years. 

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    Sync.MD raises $10 million see more

    Vyrty™ Corporation, doing business as Sync.MD®, a privately-held innovative medical data company, today confirmed that it had successfully raised US $ 10 million in a Series B round of equity financing. Sync.MD also confirmed that, on the heels of the company's relocation from Washington State to Anderson, Anderson County in South Carolina's Upstate earlier this year, it had signed a Strategic Partnership with Veteran One, a private non-profit, designed and equipped to support veterans find resources and opportunities for career transition.

    ANDERSON, S.C., Sept. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Vyrty™ Corporation (the "Company), doing business as, Sync.MD®, a privately-held innovative medical data company, today confirmed that it had successfully raised US $ 10 million in a Series B round of equity financing. This most recent round of funding, entirely led by investors from the Upstate South Carolina, will go towards fueling the growth and expansion of Sync.MD's market strategy and hiring additional engineers and product staff to expand the company's products and product's capabilities and meet growing demand.

    Using proprietary and patented technology, Sync.MD, founded in 2015, specializes in the mobile data storage of health and medical records. The company's technology enables users to securely store and complete current healthcare records and update information on smartphones for seamless sharing of medical and health records with healthcare providers.

    "The current lack of integrated electronic medical and health records systems is taking a real toll on patients' health. We found that patients agree that having easy access to their own medical and health history, and have the ability to share essential and sensitive health and medical information with any primary and specialty healthcare provider they see to continue their care, will greatly improve their health outcomes," said Eugene Luskin, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sync.MD.

    "With the current Series B funding round and investment in our innovative technology we have the potential to directly impact patient outcomes with higher-quality coordination of care, which means better outcomes and reduced costs for patients," he added.

    "I'm incredibly inspired by how the Sync.MD team is leveraging its proprietary technologies to help patients manage their own medical and health records so they can decide who should have access to their individual records and they can receive the healthcare experiences they deserve," said Neil Johnson, a private investor from South Carolina.

    "Sync.MD offers a validated and relevant solution that solves the problem caused by incompatible medical records systems. In the next chapter, we see a tremendous opportunity for Sync.MD's growth in enabling higher quality of care, resulting in better health outcomes and reduced costs for patients," he added.

    Strategic Partnership
    In addition to the Series B funding round, Sync.MD announced that it had signed a strategic partnership with Greenville, South Carolina-based Veteran One, a private non-profit, designed and equipped to support veterans find resources and opportunities for career transition.

    "We are proud to partner with Veteran One. Our strategic partnership will help employers take advantage of the many benefits that come with hiring veterans. Through their collaboration with employers and their advocacy, community outreach, engagement and encouragement, Veteran One makes a real difference in the lives of veterans and their families," Luskin said.

    "Our patented technology helps solve the problem of connecting otherwise incompatible electronic medical and health records systems, as well as meet the specific needs of veterans who may require specialized care," Luskin noted.

    "Our strategic partnership with the Sync.MD will empower veterans to take control of their future by connecting fully-vetted, newly-energized veterans with employers who are committed to providing opportunities that turn into meaningful careers. It will help our veterans to build a successful career path, which is only made possible when veterans realize their potential, restore their sense of purpose, and reignite their passion for living," said Tyler Warren, President and Chief Operations Officer of Veteran One.

    "With this partnership, Sync MD and Veteran One will be combining state of the art technologies, helping the nation's largest employers with valuable insight on how to approach the hiring of veterans from the veteran and employer side," Warren added.

    Relocation
    The Series B funding and Strategic Partnership with Veteran One comes on the heels of Sync.MD's relocation from Washington State to Anderson, Anderson County in South Carolina's Upstate earlier this year.

    "We have discovered a real hidden gem in the Upstate, South Carolina. Across the board, from access to really talented people from local colleges and universities, to openness for new ideas and finding ways to do things better, to a very professional and healthy investment climate, this place daily exceeds all our expectations," Luskin said.

    "With the incredible support ranging from strategic partners, the community and local politicians and state representatives, we can achieve the levels of success we previously couldn't even dream about," Luskin concluded.

    About Vyrty™ Corporation / Sync.MD®
    Patented technology developed by Vyrty™ Corporation, doing business as Sync.MD® enables individuals to securely store their complete and current health care records, and update information on their smartphone for seamless sharing of medical records with healthcare providers. Sync.MD helps solve the problem of connecting otherwise incompatible medical records systems, as well as meet the specific needs of those who travel or require specialized care beyond their usual healthcare provider. The company's innovative technology enables higher quality of care, which means better outcomes and reduced costs for patients. For further information, visit: https://syncmd.com/portal/about

    About Veteran One
    Founded by two veterans, Veteran One is a nonprofit technology company that promises brighter futures and meaningful careers for our country's servicemen and women upon their return home. The company is grounded in the belief that the path back to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling civilian life starts when one simple need is fulfilled: employment. This critical and foundational building block allows our veterans to realize their potential, restore their sense of purpose, and reignite their passion for living after returning home from service. Pairing cutting-edge, proprietary technology with a laser focus to identify and match our veterans' unique experiences, skill sets, and interests with the right job, inside the right company, Veteran One connects fully-vetted, newly-energized veterans with employers who are committed to providing jobs that turn into meaningful careers. For further information, visit https://www.veteranone.org/

     September 24, 2021