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Zylö Therapeutics Creates Spin-Off Company

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To say Zylö Therapeutics had a big start to 2024 would be an understatement.

Not only did the Greenville-founded life sciences startup announce a partnership with hair restoration leader BosleyMD, but Zylö’s growth also resulted in it forming Atticus Pharma, a spin-off company. Atticus will continue research and development of Zylö’s products for the pharmaceutical industry, while Zylö Therapeutics will continue to focus on other applications such as cosmetics and animal health.

“Here we have a company that’s successful enough – and broad enough in its applications – that it can be two companies,” said Zylö founder and CEO Scott Pancoast. “I think that, in itself, is a plug for Greenville. We also had the support, I call it the ‘cradle of support’ that Greenville and the state of South Carolina provide for life sciences companies.”

We caught up with Pancoast several weeks after the BosleyMD announcement to ask him how the #StartupGVL ecosystem and South Carolina’s support of the life science industry has helped Zylö since its founding in 2017.

“We now give our shareholders two shots on goal, two ways to win,” Pancoast said.

Pancoast has utilized the #StartupGVL ecosystem, working with groups like NextGEN, the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), 3PhaseSC (via the S.C. Dept. of Commerce), Upstate AllianceGreenville Area Development Corporation (GADC), SCMEP  and the Clemson University Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus (CUBEInC). That network of support, along with statewide organizations like SCBio – and tax advantages like the S.C. Angel Investor Credit for startup investors – has served Zylö well.

“South Carolina does it with a heart,” Pancoast said. “It’s stereotypical in some ways, the southern hospitality and all, but the state really takes care of itself.”

“Everyone really cares about each other and the success of the other startups in the ecosystem,” he added.

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Tamia Sumpter

Tamia is a driven senior undergraduate Bioengineering student currently enrolled at Clemson University. With a strong foundation in her field, she has honed her skills through hands-on experience in research and development at Eli Lilly & Company. During her time in the ADME department, Tamia contributed significantly by working on siRNAs and their applications in finding In Vitro-In Vivo Correlation (IVIVC). Looking ahead, Tamia has set her sights on a promising career in law. She aspires to specialize in Intellectual Property Law, with a particular focus on serving as in-house counsel for leading medical device or pharmaceutical companies. Her enthusiasm for this role is palpable as she prepares to embark on her legal journey! She is also a proud member of the Omicron Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., PEER Mentor for Clemson PEER/WiSE, and currently serves as the President of Clemson Bioengineering Organization (CBO). With her unique blend of scientific knowledge and legal interests, Tamia is poised to make a meaningful impact in the healthcare and life sciences industries.