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    Workforce development in life sciences in SC takes another step forward see more

    Clemson University has introduced a new Master of Science in Medical Device Reprocessing program open to graduates holding a bachelor’s degree in STEM disciplines.

    Designed by industry experts, the yearlong, 30 credit hour program emphasizes optimizing and validating biomedical technologies to support safe reuse of medical devices and healthcare products. Integrating fundamental principles of bioengineering, industrial engineering, medical device design and quality science, the curriculum is eleven graduate-level courses and an immersion/training experience in research or industry. Students enter the asynchronously offered online program in the fall semester and graduate the following summer after an industry internship or mentored research on a medical device reprocessing team.

    Medical device “reprocessing” involves the cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of medical devices after each use. Reprocessing is an essential practice in healthcare delivery and plays a key role in the more than 100 million surgical procedures in the U.S. each year. The Master of Science degree program in Medical Device Reprocessing curriculum provides skills to innovate solutions that address global challenges affecting medical device safety and healthcare sustainability.

    The degree program is based on a core curriculum applying knowledge of fundamental principles of bioengineering and industrial engineering; medical device design; and quality science in an industry immersion/training program along with relevant science and engineering applications.

    The goal is to prepare globally engaged students to be innovative industry leaders in sustainable biomedical technology through training in modern reprocessing and sterilization technologies, quality science, and human factors in healthcare Graduates will be able to integrate and apply knowledge of:

    • medical device design principles to enable reprocessing
    • human factors engineering
    • the science of sterilization and its impact on materials
    • microbiology and the role of process validation and controls
    • systems engineering
    • supply chain management and
    • Six Sigma quality control and regulatory science.

    For additional information, candidates and employers are invited to contact Melinda Harman, Ph.D., Program Director & Associate Professor of Bioengineering by email at or by calling 864-656-4140.

  • sam patrick posted an article
    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


    • 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

  • 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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