Sam Konduros

  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    Biopharma research is an important source of jobs, tax revenue and research spending in SC see more

    New findings show biopharma research companies a source of jobs, tax revenue and research spending in state

     

    GREENVILLE, S.C., October 4, 2018 – This week, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) released a new report that finds there are more than 572 active clinical trials in the South Carolina, and the life science industry supports 29,500 high-quality jobs and contributes $7.9 billion to South Carolina’s economy. These clinical trials can be responsible for more than half of the $2.6 billion average cost of developing one new medicine. They are investigating some of the biggest health care challenges South Carolinians face, including arthritis, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

    The report, titled “Research in Your Backyard: Developing Cures, Creating Jobs, Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials in South Carolina,” was released at a press event held at the Westin Poinsett today, which featured a panel discussion including researchers and executives from the Greenville Health System, KIYATEC, the Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC, and the Greenwood Genetic Center, moderated by SCBIO President and CEO, Sam Konduros.

    “Clinical trials offer patients novel medical treatments right here in the Palmetto State, while also allowing biopharma research organizations to innovate and grow,” said Konduros. “Across South Carolina, the life sciences and healthcare industries have had a profound impact on our economy and citizens, that continues to rapidly increase.”

    Clinical trials are a vital component of bringing new life-saving drugs and treatments to market. On average, it takes approximately a decade for new medicines to go through the rigorous Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process. Only 12 percent of drugs successfully make it through clinical trials. Since 2004, biopharmaceutical research companies have conducted or are currently conducting more than 4,700 clinical trials in South Carolina. In 2013 alone, the nearly 1,100 active clinical trials in the state generated an estimated economic impact of $540 million.

    “One of the most important things we want people to understand about medicine development is that clinical trials rely on patient participation,” said Nick McGee, Director of Public Affairs for PhRMA. “It’s incredibly important that patients are aware of ongoing trials and learn how they can help become part of finding a cure for the toughest chronic conditions and diseases we face today.”

    In the United States, there are more than 7,000 open clinical trials being sponsored by the biopharmaceutical industry, universities, individuals and organizations combined. In South Carolina, of the 572 open clinical trials involving the biopharmaceutical research industry, the University of South Carolina Medial School is collaborating on more than 143 clinical trials and the Medical University of South Carolina is collaborating on more than 142.

    “Many top research and medical universities call South Carolina home and are centers of innovation,” Bob Quinn, Executive Director of the South Carolina Research Authority, said. “Maintaining strong partnerships between our universities and life science companies allows us to foster developments right here in South Carolina that can then help save lives far beyond our state lines.”

    You can read the complete report, “Research in Your Backyard: Developing Cures, Creating Jobs, Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials in South Carolina,” here.

    ###

    About PhRMA
    The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested more than $600 billion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $71.4 billion in 2017 alone.

    About SC BIO
    SCBIO is South Carolina’s investor-driven public/private economic development organization focused on building, advancing, and growing the life sciences industry in the state.  With 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 that make a difference across the Palmetto State and around the world.  Visit us at SCBIO.org.

  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    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...

  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    Greenwood, SC is an emerging player in life sciences... see more

    As far as Sam Konduros, President and CEO of SCBIO, is concerned, the Palmetto State boasts a surprise player among the major hubs for cutting edge biotech study.

    “When I talk about the four major research institutions in the state of South Carolina, it’s our three research universities and Greenwood Genetic (Center), that’s how good that team is,” Konduros, CEO of SCBIO, told the Greenwood Partnership Alliance’s board this week. “People don’t know South Carolina as a life sciences story, they don’t know Greenwood, so we’re really surprising our own population with what we do have, and then we’re spending a lot of time trying to make sure that message is getting out around the world.”

    Read the full article here from the Greenwood Index Journal...

  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    SCBIO's Sam Konduros updates viewers on the advancements that the life sciences industry is making. see more

    SCBIO CEO Sam Konduros joins Carolina Business Review moderator Chris William for an interview airing recently across the Carolinas on the rapid growth and momentum that life sciences is experiencing across the Palmetto State, and some of the challenges in dealing with that growth. CBR is the most widely watched source for business and public policy issues across North and South Carolina.  Click here to enjoy the complete interview on YouTube.

  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    Greenwood County is one of South Carolina's hidden gems when it comes to life sciences see more

    This month, Greenville Business Magazine travels to see the incredible life sciences success stories emerging from nearby Greenwood, S.C.  

    As demand for health care grows and medical advances stretch from research to manufacturing, life sciences has become an inviting target industry for economic developers seeking to attract jobs and investment.  While some communities are learning as they go, Greenwood County has in one way or another made life sciences a priority for decades. It’s paying off in high-tech jobs and multi-million-dollar investments.  Read on for the complete story...

  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    SCBIO's expanded Board of Directors includes life sciences leaders from across South Carolina see more

    Organization’s Boards spans state, industry segments to provide unique blend of expertise for advancing South Carolina’s life sciences industry

     

    GREENVILLE, SC – February 8, 2019 – Less than two years after initiating a comprehensive relaunch of the state’s official life sciences organization, SCBIO has expanded its Board of Directors for its 501c6 operational entity and added a second 10-member Board for its 501c3 research and educational arm for 2019.  It does so having authored the state’s first-ever life sciences strategic growth plan, conducted an economic impact study validating the contributions of the $11.4 billion industry, tripled revenues and quadrupled membership – all since Spring 2017.

    And according to SCBIO President and CEO Sam Konduros, the best and most exciting days for the industry and organization are still ahead of it.

    “In a state perhaps best known for building BMWs and Boeing Dreamliners, there is a very strong life sciences story brewing as well, creating opportunities to diversify and accelerate growth of our state’s knowledge economy,” said Konduros recently.  He further cited rapid growth of such national and global brands including Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Arthrex, ZEUS, Abbott, Thorne and AVX as just a few examples of the state’s rapidly rising life sciences industry, which currently spans more than 400 companies in 44 counties and employs over 15,000 well-paid associates.

    Leading the policy- and strategy-making efforts of the 501c6 entity of the non-profit organization, the Board of Directors meets regularly to receive updates on SCBIO business objectives, domestic and global initiatives, and to help hone strategies and offer insight.  Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation CEO Lou Kennedy will serve as SCBIO’s 2019 Board Chair; Stephanie Yarbrough, Womble Bond Dickinson, LLP as Vice Chair; Michael Rusnak, Medical University of South Carolina Research Foundation as Treasurer; and Josh Ridley of ZEUS as Secretary. 

    Jeff Stover of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA will serve as Legal Officer; Heather Simmons Jones of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance as Annual Conference Officer; Bryan Davis of Prisma/Greenville Health System’s Office of Innovations as Healthcare/Innovation Officer; Adam Hoots of DPR Construction as Talent/Workforce Officer; and Sam Konduros, President and CEO of SCBIO. 

    Recently added members of the SCBIO Board of Directors are:

    Mike Briggs – President & CEO, Central SC Alliance

    Caroline Brown – Director of External Affairs, Medical University of South Carolina

    Thornton Kirby – President & CEO, South Carolina Hospital Association

    Adam Klonecke – Senior Site Director, Abbott

    Angie Leidinger – VP of External Affairs, Clemson University

    Tom McKenna – Chief Operating Officer, Thorne

    Robert Ryan – CEO & Founder, Innova Therapeutics

    Dave Shalaby – President, Poly-Med, Inc.

    Will Williams – President & CEO, Economic Development Partnership (Aiken)

    Cynthia Young – Dean, Clemson University College of Science

     

    Returning members of the SCBIO Board for 2019 are:

    Mandy Brawley – South Carolina Department of Commerce

    Matthew Couvillion – Wyche Law Firm

    John J. Darby – Johnson & Johnson Services

    Tressa Gardner – SE Institute of Manufacturing & Technology

    Mike Graney – Charleston Regional Development Alliance

    Chad Hardaway – University of South Carolina Office of Economic Engagement

    Will Harms – Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC

    Erica Jackson – K&L Gates

    Marc Metcalf – Upstate SC Alliance

    Kathy Phlegar – Phlegar & Associates

    Christine Dixon Thiesing – SCRA

    Courtney Warren – Marsh & McLennan Agency

     

    Comprising the smaller Board of SCBIO’s 501c3 research and educational arm are Kathryn Becker of Translational Science Solutions; Michael Bolick of Treis Blockchain; Matthew Couvillion of Wyche Law Firm; Shontavia Johnson of Clemson University; Steve Johnson of SCRA; Chris Przirembel, retired Clemson University executive; Shawn Regan of Rhythmlink; Craig Walker of Hitachi Healthcare Americas; Erica Jackson of K&L Gates; and SCBIO CEO Sam Konduros.

    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 advanced medicines, medical devices, 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
    Learn about South Carolina Life Sciences Feb. 20! see more

    Industry subject matter experts to cover what businesses need to know

    about life sciences, South Carolina’s fastest-growing industry segment

     

    GREENVILLE, SC – February 4, 2019 – SCBIO will host a full day program February 20, 2019 -- Life Sciences Boot Camp: Insights on SC’s Fastest-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 Alumni Center in Columbia, the program will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 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:

    • Tushar Chikhliker, Partner, Nexsen Pruet, “Pharma Industry Challenges Opportunities & Legal Insights”
    • Kathy Phlegar, Principal, Phlegar & Associates, “Product Development and Commercialization: The Changing  Landscape of Bringing MedTech Products to Market”
    • Maureen Thomas, National Institute on Aging/National Institutes on Health, “Early Stage Funding:  Accessing SBIR-STTR Capital”
    • Erica Jackson, Partner, K&L Gates, “Navigating the FDA: An Overview of Medical Product Approvals and Enforcement Trends”
    • Dave McGlashan, Life Sciences Team Architect, DPR Construction, “Optimizing Capability & Efficiency in Your Life Sciences Facility”
    • Darralyn Alexander, President, Reimbursement Strategies – “How To Gain Reimbursement For My New Technology”
    • Sam Konduros, President & CEO, SCBIO – “South Carolina Life Sciences 2019:  A Look Forward”

    SCBIO Investor Organizations receive one registration at no charge, and additional attendees from Investor organizations pay only $50 for the entire day.  Individual Members of SCBIO pay only $50 for the entire program, while the general public and Non-Members can attend for just $125.  To register or for more details, visit the Events page at www.SCBIO.org/.

    An additional highlight of the day’s program on “Early Stage Funding:  Accessing SBIR-STTR Capital” will be when presenter Maureen Thomas is joined for discussion and open Q&A by Tyler Tatum and Ron Gorman of 3PhaseSC – South Carolina’s only free resource for SBIR/STTR grant consulting.  Attendees may also schedule 1-on-1 time for afternoon discussion with Ms. Thomas between 1:15 PM and 3:30 PM for more detailed conversation and guidance.

    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.  Life sciences is recognized as the fastest-growing segment of South Carolina’s knowledge economy.

    SCBIO is also 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.

  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    Top life sciences leaders from across the state have been named to the SCBIO Executive Committee see more

    Leadership team provides strategic blend of economic development, industry, higher education expertise

     

    GREENVILLE, SC – January 17, 2019 – SCBIO has announced its 2019 Executive Committee following formal confirmation at the life science organization’s December 2018 meeting in Columbia.  Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation CEO Lou Kennedy will serve a second term as SCBIO’s 2019 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 more than 300% and increased shipped product to one billion doses each of the last seven years.  Nephron constructed 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.  The organization was honored as an inaugural winner of the South Carolina Life Sciences Pinnacle Award for Organizational Contribution to the industry in October, 2018.

    Joining Ms. Kennedy on the SCBIO Executive Committee will be Stephanie Yarbrough, Partner with Womble Bond Dickinson, LLP as Vice Chair; Michael Rusnak, Executive Director of the MUSC Foundation for Research Development as Treasurer; and Josh Ridley, Global Business Development Director of ZEUS as Secretary.  

    Additional members of the Executive Committee are Jeff Stover, Special Counsel with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA as Legal Officer; Heather Simmons Jones, CEO of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance as Annual Conference Officer; Bryan Davis, Operations Manager with Greenville Health System’s Office of Innovations as Healthcare/Innovation Officer; Adam Hoots, Life Sciences Market Leader for DPR Construction as Talent/Workforce Officer; and Sam Konduros, President and CEO of SCBIO. 

    Recognized for completing their terms as contributing members of the SCBIO Executive Committee were former Vice Chair Craig Walker, executive with Hitachi Healthcare Americas, and former Secretary Kathryn Becker, Principal with Translational Science Solutions LLC.

    SCBIO President and CEO Konduros praised the Executive Committee noting, “With the critically important efforts we are undertaking to advance pharmaceuticals, life sciences R&D, biotech, med-tech, and the health IT industries in South Carolina, we require strong, expert leadership from across the state, fully integrating our business, education and economic development sectors. These diverse leaders who represent the width and breadth of our state and industry will effectively champion our vision of building the business of life sciences in South Carolina 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 Executive Committee and 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.

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

  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    SCBIO's Konduros named to GBM's 2018 Most Influential, Hall of Fame see more

    Greenville Business Magazine celebrates another year of honoring the region’s most influential people. The selection of our 50 individuals is a result of staff research and community nominations.

    We are also celebrating our fifth year of selecting entrants for our Hall of Fame. This year, we’re adding eight new members who have continued to make a lasting impact on the Upstate, including SCBIO President & CEO Sam Konduros.  Read on to enjoy the complete story.

  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    Building the business of life sciences in South Carolina has become the call to action of SCBIO... see more

    Building the business of life sciences in South Carolina has become the call to action and theme of the 2017 annual conference of the S.C. Biotechnology Organization (SCBIO).  The rapidly evolving statewide industry association is featured in this September 2017 issue of Charleston Business Magazine, and will be featured in October 2017 issues of Columbia Business and Greenville Business as well.  Click here for the full article.

  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    Southeastern life science organization join forces to promote entire region see more

    SCBIO and six additional Southeastern U.S. life science and medtech groups are joining forces to better promote and advocate for the region.

    The Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) on Wednesday announced the formation of an alliance with six individual state medtech and life science advocacy groups: BioAlabama, Bio Florida, Georgia Bio, ncbio, Life Science Tennessee and SCBIO.

    “Industry and academic partners simply cannot invest enough in each individual state’s bio advocacy organization — nor travel to each organization’s annual event every single year,” SEMDA executive director Jason Rupp said in a news release.

    “But they can come to SEMDA, where the entire region gathers every year bringing their leading investors, academic and industry partners including the best of their young, innovative, investable companies,” Rupp said.

    No single state in the Southeastern U.S. can match the medical device and life science industry strength of the nation’s major hubs in California, Minnesota and Massacusetts. But taken together, the region is more competitive, according to industry advocates there.

    “We are strongest as a region,” said Russell Allen, president and CEO of Georgia Bio. “If we are to advance medical technologies to improve care, reduce healthcare costs and create new jobs, our state associations must work closely together to connect innovators and share resources.”

    The announcement was made at the inaugural 2018 SEMDA Medtech Conference May 2-4 in Greenville, S.C.

  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    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 TopicsSpeaker 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.

  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    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.

  • 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.

  • Sam Patrick posted an article
    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