Erin Ford

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  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    Erin Ford of SCBIO appointed to Trade post see more

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has appointed Erin Ford, Executive Vice President of SCBIO, as a Member of South Carolina’s District Export Council for 2020-2021.   District Export Council (DEC) Members are a dedicated group of nearly 1,500 leaders from across America appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to work with exporters and export service providers to expand America’s exporting activities to the world.

    Ms. Ford was appointed to the South Carolina DEC by Ana Guevara, Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Field operations, in the International Trade Administration of the United States Department of Commerce.

    The District Export Councils were created in 1974 by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to support the expansion of export opportunities for American organizations, and to serve as a vital communication link between the business community and Department of Commerce.  DEC’s assist companies in local communities to export, promoting U.S. economic growth, thereby creating and sustaining new and higher paying jobs in local areas.  There are 61 DECs across America, and Members are appointed by the Secretary to renewable four-year terms.

    As Executive Vice President of SCBIO – South Carolina’s official life sciences organization -- Ms. Ford works on corporate strategies emanating from the organization’s 3 statewide offices, its Board and hundreds of supporting Members and Investors.  Her comprehensive responsibilities include serving as primary lead for SCBIO’s business operations and finances, championing investor relations and existing industry strategies, and spearheading integrated marketing initiatives.

    She previously served as sales and marketing executive at Poly-Med, a global innovation company that is developing absorbable polymers and constructs for the medical device industry, during which she served on the SCBIO Board of Directors.  She previously was a business recruitment officer at the Upstate SC Alliance, where she was the main point of contact for life sciences companies interested in expanding or locating in Upstate South Carolina, where she gained in-depth economic development experience. While at the Upstate Alliance, Ms. Ford served as an ex-officio SCBIO board member from 2013-2015 and led a regional biosciences task force comprised of industry executives from across the region. She also has extensive television experience as a documentary producer and sportscaster and received her B.A. in Communications from La Salle University in Philadelphia.

    “Erin is a strong and forward-thinking leader for the SCBIO organization and South Carolina’s life sciences industry, and we are pleased that her contributions to our state are being recognized with this important appointment,” said Sam Konduros, President and CEO of SCBIO. “With her efforts and leadership, South Carolina and SCBIO should benefit greatly from the rapidly growing export economy here in the Palmetto State.” 

    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 675 firms directly involved and 43,000 professionals employed directly or indirectly 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.

    As the official state affiliate of BIO, PhRMA and AdvaMed, SCBIO members include hundreds of academic institutions, biotech companies, medtech 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 products that transform how we heal, fuel and feed the world.

    For additional information on SCBIO, visit www.SCBIO.org

  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    SCBIO'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.

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    South Carolina Innovators, Inventors convene at SEMDA conference to present to Venture Capitalists see more

    State’s Innovators, Inventors, convene at conference to present to Venture Capitalists

     

    GREENVILLE, SC – April 6, 2018 – The Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) -- a non-profit trade association driven to make the southeast a world-class region for medical technology, device, and diagnostic companies – brings its 2018 conference to South Carolina for the first time May 2-4, 2018, attracting hundreds of executives to Greenville to meet, negotiate, learn, network and grow the medical device industry in the Southeast.

    Focused on accelerating device development and helping organizations and individuals gain access to funding, education, and networking opportunities, the annual conference is a must-attend for medical device companies, inventors, physicians, investors, tech transfer offices, universities, and service providers interested in growing the medical device industry in North America, and even globally.

    As part of SEMDA 2018’s many activities, SCBIO and SCRA are collaborating to present PitchRounds 2018 – a highly targeted venue for both start-ups and “Seed” companies as well as later-stage (or Series A or later) organizations to present their ideas, innovations and products to panels of institutional investors, regulatory leaders, venture capital directors, IP experts and others in structured sessions. 

    Selected participants will receive individual feedback on their presentations and compete for $10,000 in top prize money for selected winners.  Participating presenters also receive two full conference registrations and access to meet with investors and partners at sessions and networking receptions.  Global law firm Eversheds Sutherland, one of the 50 largest law firms globally, is also a co-sponsor of PitchRounds.

    Applying to present is both free and simple, with full details available online at www.SEMDA.net/conference/pitchrounds or at www.SCBIO.org.  The deadline to complete the simple application to be considered is close of business April 13, 2018.

    SCBIO Vice President Erin Ford noted, “SCBIO and our co-sponsors are delighted to make PitchRounds a possibility for South Carolina’s emerging medtech companies to showcase their innovations and solutions, and to directly access investors and industry leaders to gain direct feedback on their innovations.”

    “While entries will be considered from across the entire Southeast and presentation spots are limited, we are confident that South Carolina will be well represented based on the robust pipeline of innovations the South Carolina life sciences community has been working on.  We encourage all early- and later-stage companies to enter the PitchRounds program and showcase the Palmetto State’s talents.”

    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 and 15,000 professionals directly involved 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 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.

  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    SCBIO has named Erin Ford as the organization's first VP see more

    SCBIO’s executive committee announced today that Erin Ford, currently the director of sales at Anderson-based Poly-Med Inc. and Chair of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization (SCBIO), is joining the non-profit life sciences industry organization as its inaugural Vice President.

    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.

    “Erin is an extraordinarily talented, multi-faceted executive with magnetic relationship-building skills, along with being a proven leader,” said SCBIO President/CEO, Sam Konduros.  “As I was vetting and interviewing a number of extremely worthy candidates for this critical executive position, it occurred to me that our board chair was the absolute perfect fit, and I felt humbly compelled to ask Erin to consider exploring the role.  To my and the Executive Committee’s great delight, she ultimately committed to bring her signature career to SCBIO on a full-time basis starting January 2nd.  We are extremely fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and seasoned pro like Erin join the executive team and hit the ground running in 2018, following a year of her outstanding leadership as our board chair.”

    Ms. Ford departs Poly-Med, a global innovation company that is developing absorbable polymers and constructs for the medical device industry, for her new role at SCBIO, where she will work closely with the CEO on various corporate strategies emanating from the organization’s 3 statewide offices.  Her comprehensive responsibilities will include serving as primary lead for SCBIO’s business operations, championing investor relations and existing industry strategies, and spearheading major integrated marketing initiatives.

    She previously served as a business recruitment officer at the Upstate SC Alliance, where she was the main point of contact for life sciences companies interested in expanding or locating in Upstate South Carolina, and gained in-depth economic development experience. While at the Upstate Alliance, Ms. Ford served as an ex-officio SCBIO board member from 2013-2015, and led a regional biosciences task force comprised of industry executives from across the region. She also has extensive television experience as a documentary producer and sportscaster, and received her B.A. in Communication from La Salle University in Philadelphia.

    "SCBIO presents a unique career opportunity to work in an arena whose constituent members and companies make a tangible difference in the quality of people's lives," said Ms. Ford. "Our hundreds of members include academic institutions, biotech companies, service providers, thought leaders, and economic development groups whose members are leading the research and development of innovative healthcare, industrial and environmental biotechnology and med-tech products that can transform and extend people’s lives.  While I have loved my time at Poly-Med, which served as an invaluable life science industry experience for my new career path with SCBIO, this unique opportunity to touch lives and grow South Carolina's knowledge economy was simply too powerful to pass up."

    Ms. Ford joins SCBIO's recently named President and CEO Sam Konduros atop the growing organization's leadership team.  Konduros, also a former SCBIO board member, assumed the leadership reins of the group earlier this year after departing Greenville Health System, where he ran the Research Development Corporation forging industry partnerships, developing economic development strategies, and helping doctors take their inventions to market. Previously, he was the first president of the Upstate SC Alliance, the Upstate region’s economic-development agency.

    The addition of Ms. Ford occurs as SCBIO continues to flex new muscles to advance and grow the business of life sciences in South Carolina.  It comes on the heels of the organization's recent restructuring and rebranding efforts, and its highly successful annual conference, which drew hundreds of industry leaders, national executives, academics, economic development organizations, government officials and others to Charleston October 24-26.  The organization has already attained record membership and investor levels, and recently formed a partnership with the South Carolina Department of Commerce to develop and implement strategic growth recommendations for the state’s fast-expanding industry.

    "This industry is at a critical time for accelerating our growth and impact in South Carolina and well beyond," said Ms. Ford.  "When you have such a unique opportunity, you have to seize the day and make positive things happen.  That's our goal."

    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.

  • Ty Kourlas posted an article
    Erin Ford, Director of Sales at Poly-Med Inc. of Anderson, named SCBIO's 2017 chair see more

    The board of directors for South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization (SCBIO) has named Erin Ford as its 2017 chair.

    Ford is the director of sales at Poly-Med Inc. of Anderson, a global innovation company that is developing absorbable polymers and constructs for the medical device industry. Ford previously worked with Upstate SC Alliance as a life science business recruitment officer. She also was an ex-officio SCBIO board member from 2013-2015 and led a regional biosciences task force of industry executives from the Upstate.

    “This year we will be demonstrating the economic impact our community of innovators in advanced medicines, medical devices, and diagnostic therapies are bringing to the state,” Ford said in a news statement. “We have come out of our most successful conference, have a record number of members, and are seeing a real growth in our companies and economic development prospects.”

     

    SCBIO recently formed a partnership with the South Carolina Department of Commerce to carry out a life science economic impact study with strategic growth recommendations.

    The organization also has named these new executive officers for 2017:

    • Craig Walker, vice chair and chief executive officer of VidiStar LLC of Greenville
    • Michael Rusnak, treasurer and executive director of MUSC’s Foundation for Research Development
    • Kathryn Becker, secretary and principal at Translational Science Solutions LLC of Charleston
    • Terrell Mills, executive committee and attorney at Wyche of Greenville

     

    Other directors named to the SCBIO board of 2016 include:

    • Darralyn Alexander, CEO and principal for Reimbursement Strategies LLC of Myrtle Beach
    • Rick Brisbin, patent and intellectual property attorney for Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd
    • Jerry Chang, vice president of business development for BioD LLC of Greenville
    • Christian Graves, president of Carolina Biotechnology Group, Columbia
    • Martine LaBerge, chair of the Clemson Department of Bioengineering
    • Sam Konduros, principal at SK Strategies of Greenville
    • Prakash Nagarkatti, vice president of research at the University of South Carolina, Columbia
    • Phil Vickery, senior director of manufacturing at Capsugel Americas, Greenwood

     

    SCBIO is a statewide nonprofit trade association that represents companies in the advanced medicines, medical devices, equipment, diagnostics, and health care outcome industries.

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    https://upstatebusinessjournal.com/news/scbio-names-erin-ford-2017-chair/