Life Sciences Forum to Draw Business, Academia Leaders to Columbia, SC

By: SCbio
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COLUMBIA, S.C. - Aug. 22, 2023 - PRLog -- Registration is surging and a full house is expected for SCbio's Midyear Life Sciences Forum 2023 on Thursday, Sept. 14 in Columbia.  The half-day program is focused on critical issues and opportunities facing the fastest-growing industry in the Palmetto State, while encouraging direct connection and networking between business leaders, academia and students.

The event, being held at the Columbia Convention Center, will be kicked off by breakfast and networking from 8 – 9am, with the Opening Address updating attendees on USC's $300+ million health sciences campus in the BullStreet District.  That report will be delivered by USC Vice President of Research Julius Fridriksson along with BullStreet District lead developer Robert Hughes of Hughes Development.

A Leadership Development track includes on Why South Carolina is Right for Life Sciences with a panel comprised of Dan Nodes, COO of Vikor Scientific; Jody Chastain, CEO of The Ritedose Corporation; and moderator Samantha Spratt, Business Recruitment Officer of the Upstate Alliance.  Following will be a session Overcoming Challenges & Navigating the Future, featuring comments by Quest Diagnostics Southeast Region GM Alan Myers, while wrapping the Leadership track will be Cultivating Belonging: Your Brand's Secret Weapon, with discussion by Christopher Fortier, Nephron Pharmaceuticals President of 503B Outsource Compounding; Taini Coriano-Navarro, Contamination Control & Sterility Assurance Leader of Cytiva, and Roper Saint Francis Healthcare Melanie Stith, RSFH's System Chief Administrative Officer.

Workforce track sessions include Workforce: What's being done? What's Next? with speakers Tim Hardee, Ph.D. of the SC Technical College System; Stephen Cutler, Ph.D., Dean and Professor at the USC School of Pharmacy; and Erin Ford, COO & EVP of SCbio. Skills-Based Hiring vs. Traditional Methods: More Candidates, Better Fit? Will follow featuring a discussion between Cynthia Young, Ph.D., Founding Dean of the College of Science at Clemson University, and Joseph Spiotta, Talent Acquisition Specialist for SHL Medical.  The closing program of Closing Workforce Gaps for a Stronger Ecosystem will find Nephron Pharmaceuticals CEO and Owner Lou Kennedy joining Dean Young and Dean Cutler for an engaging discussion on workforce development.

From 12:30 – 2pm, an Industry Career Fair will provide top college and university students from across the state a chance to meet with 6-8 select life science companies, including Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Rhythmlink International, Charles River Labs, Poly-Med, The Ritedose Corporation and SHL Medical.  Students must register in advance to participate at and will receive a list of available internships and career positions available from companies once registration is completed.

Sponsors include SC Power Team, Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, Richland County Economic Development, Dominion Energy, and Find Great People. Register at
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