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SCBIO: State is ripe for medical device biz

By April 6, 2015February 18th, 2020No Comments

Daylong workshop is aimed at bioscience entrepreneurs

Despite being a growing hub for biomedical and life science technologies, the Upstate may need a science lesson, or at least a lesson in the business of science, according to South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization (SCBIO) President Wayne Roper.

“We’re hosting a daylong workshop where we teach people with technology and entrepreneurs with an interest in starting up their companies how to get their idea off the ground,” Roper said.

The workshop will be the fourth by SCBIO but the first to focus on medical device startups, a rapidly growing sector within the life science and biotechnology space, he said. “They’ve grown a tremendous number of jobs and … there’s going to be more.”

The bioscience industry employed more than 13,600 people in the state in 2012, with the largest subsectors including medical devices and equipment; bioscience-related distribution; and research, testing and medical labs, according to a study by nonprofit research and development organization Battelle, national trade association the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), PMP Public Affairs Consulting Inc. and the Bravo Group.

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