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About the Industry

BioMaterials & Medical Devices
Upstate South Carolina has a long-established infrastructure and many examples of successful companies operating at each part of the medical device supply chain, from the supplying of high purity raw materials to the packaging and distribution of finished devices. World-class entities feed this supply chain, which explains why the Upstate was recognized as one of six emerging medium-sized regions for the industry.

Medical Devices
South Carolina boasts significant business activity within the medical device sector and a particularly robust medical device manufacturing supply chain. From 2007—2010, companies in medical devices and equipment added 15% more jobs and 13% more companies in South Carolina. Select companies: St. Jude Medical (as seen in photo), Covidien, Milliken Healthcare Products.

Clinical Research 
The Upstate has a strong network supporting clinical research as well as a growing patient catchment area. It is home to a variety of incubation spaces and over 700 clinical trials are being conducted at any time in a variety of disciplines. Major areas of focus: oncology, companion diagnostics, genetics and medical devices.

Upstate South Carolina has an established base of pharmaceutical manufacturers comprised of bulk manufacturers, chemical processors, generic and proprietary drug makers and packagers. Select companies: Capsugel, PL Developments, Nutra Manufacturing.

SCBIO supports and advances South Carolina’s life science industry through collaboration, advocacy, workforce development, enhanced purchasing power and education. The organization works towards ensuring that South Carolina’s companies, research institutions, and citizens reap the economic and societal benefits of a world-class life sciences cluster. More about SCBIO >