Global Opportunity, Local Impact:
The Life Sciences Industry Responds to COVID

Thursday, September 24 @ 12:00 pm
Free, Online, Panel Discussion with South Carolina Industry Leaders 

With more than 650 firms and 43,000 professionals engaged in research, development and commercialization of innovative healthcare, medical device, industrial, environmental and agricultural biotech and products, life sciences in South Carolina is booming.  The Palmetto State increasingly earns a prominent seat at the table of this $1.5 trillion industry.  Yet at its core, life sciences is personal – focused on improving health and quality of life for each of us as individuals. Hear from 3 leaders how their work and the industry is impacting your own health and future here at home… and how the growing cadre of life sciences leaders and entrepreneurs across the Palmetto State are making waves around the world.

Sam Konduros is President/CEO of SCBIO – South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization. Sam joined SCBIO in Spring 2017 as its President/CEO, focused on aggressively scaling-up and leading the innovative statewide economic development organization and industry association in its mission to build, advance, innovate and grow South Carolina’s $11.4 billion life sciences industry which is comprised of over 600 companies. 

Prior to his role with SCBIO, Sam served as Executive Director of the Greenville Health Research Development Corporation as part of a 12-year affiliation with the Greenville Health System in various strategic roles, and was the founding President/CEO of Upstate SC Alliance along with other leadership positions with the SC Department of Commerce and Germany-based Alfmeier Corporation. He is also the founder and principal of SK Strategies, LLC - a consulting firm specializing in economic development, innovation, public-private partnerships, integrated marketing and business development strategies.

 A licensed attorney since 1989, he is a member of numerous business and industry boards, including current roles serving on the SC Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee & Board, Southeast Life Sciences Association Board of Directors, SCRA Business & Science Advisory Board, SCBIO Board of Directors, South State Bank Greenville Advisory Board, and Palmetto Conservation Foundation Board.  He is the past board chair of the Cancer Society of Greenville County, past board vice chair of the Upstate SC Red Cross, has been designated as a Knowledge Economist by SCRA, and was awarded The Order of the Palmetto in 2018 – SC’s highest civilian award.

Nate Wilbourne is founder and CEO of Precision Genetics. Nate graduated from University of SC with B.A. in Finance.. A former professional athlete, Nate has been a healthcare professional for 20 years. Nate is a hands-on leader and involved with day-to-day functions. With a passion for creative health solutions, Nate sets the tone, vision, and the culture of Precision’s strong, tight-knit organization. Over 20 years of experience in global healthcare, Nate has developed relationships with the nations’ largest healthcare institutions, developed client relations, driven operations, sales and marketing, and business development for multiple healthcare entities and has focused board and investor activism and strategic-planning with leadership.

Jennifer Noel Fletcher was promoted to Deputy Secretary of Commerce in January 2015. She previously served from 2011 to 2014 as Director of Global Business Development, responsible for managing the recruitment of new industry to the state and the growth of existing businesses in South Carolina.  Major wins for the state during her tenure at SC Commerce include deals with the top global tire manufacturers; the recruitment of top aerospace suppliers and automotive manufacturer, Volvo Cars; new corporate headquarters for LPL Financial and The Lash Group; and expansions by BMW, Boeing, GE and many more globally-respected brands.  Fletcher brings nearly 20 years of economic development experience to SC Commerce. She came to SC Commerce from the Upstate SC Alliance, where she was Executive VP. 

Shane Grivich is one of the Co-Founders and Chief Strategy Officer at ChartSpan Medical technologies, the nation's largest provider of chronic care management managed services. Before that Mr. Grivich spent 12 years in the medical device industry with Cantel Medical Corporation where he was Vice President of International Sales for Latin America, Europe, Canada, and Asia Pacific. 

Please join us, along with our co-hosts Upstate SC Alliance and
the European American Chamber of Commerce,
live online on Thursday, September 24 from 12:00 -1:30 pm
All lectures include plenty of time to ask your specific questions of our panelists.

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