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Largest life sciences event in South Carolina history set for Charleston

Jason Thomas //December 5, 2022//

Largest life sciences event in South Carolina history set for Charleston

Jason Thomas //December 5, 2022//

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The largest life sciences conference in Palmetto State history will convene Feb. 21-23 in Charleston to address how South Carolina and the U.S. will improve health care and health equity for all, life sciences industry officials have announced in a news release.

Themed “Tomorrow Starts Here,” the two-day SCBIO 2023 event will feature national speaker sessions on “Winning the War on Cancer,” “Made in SC:  Innovation at Home, Transforming Healthcare Digitally, and Reshoring/Onshoring” among over 20 sessions — all topics driving the state’s fastest growing industry: life sciences, the release stated

A $25.7 billion annual industry here growing faster than in any other Southeastern state, conference speakers include national pharma and medtech executives, economic developers, leaders from South Carolina’s research universities, health care executives, business and financial industry officials, national media and many others, the release stated.  In all, over 30 speakers will present a plethora of topical choices to attendees at the conference, now recognized as among life sciences’ finest across the entire region.  Specific speakers will be announced over the next few weeks, officials note.

The conference will feature an expanded exhibit hall showcasing scores of life sciences industry businesses, institutions of higher learning and essential support industry partners from across America, as well as presentation of the prestigious Pinnacle Awards by South Carolina Life Sciences to the outstanding 2022 Organization of the Year and Individual of the Year. Also to be honored will be industry Rising Star under 40 years of age, the release stated

SCBIO CEO James Chappell will deliver a “State of South Carolina’s Life Sciences Industry” address, while hundreds of attendees will take advantage of meetings, receptions and connection sessions.

Full details are available by clicking here, and by scrolling to the Events tab. Registration for the event is open online.

“Life sciences is a key driver of South Carolina’s economy, and this conference’s growth is testament to the industry’s surging impact, reach and rapidly rising economic significance in our state,” Mike Brenan, South Carolina regional president for Truist and the 2023 Conference chair, said in the release. “Already accounting for over 85,000 highly-skilled jobs in the Palmetto State, life sciences have tremendous growth potential, and we’re excited to showcase the top companies, leaders, research universities and support organizations from across our state and country at SCBIO 2023.” 

Among leading biotech and med-tech industry brands participating in the conference are Nephron Nitrile, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Bristol Myers Squibb, BIO, Johnson & Johnson, AVX, PhRMA, Medpoint, AdvaMed, Poly-Med, VWR, Rhythmlink, C-Safe, ZEUS, Patheon Thermo Fisher, Zverse, Abbott, Alcami and more. All of South Carolina’s research universities – MUSC, Clemson and the University of South Carolina – are represented, as are major healthcare systems, and economic development entities including the South Carolina Department of Commerce, SCRA, South Carolina Hospital Association and others, according to the release.