Success is in our DNA
PHARMACEUTICALS & BIOTECH
Fueled by a world-class research institution and a rich manufacturing history, Central SC is charting a new course for the future of medicine. Blending curiosity and brainpower with a spirit of collaboration, our scientists and engineers are finding innovative solutions to complex problems, while our industry is growing at a scorching pace. Outpacing national growth by more than four hundred percent, companies like Nephron and the Ritedose Corporation are locating and thriving in Central SC.
THE HEART OF TALENT
Combining a growing millennial population with one of the top patent-producing universities in the world, Central SC has no shortage of talent. Home to the University of South Carolina Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, our creative and driven workforce is the lifeblood of our industry, while mixed-use spaces, and industry-academia partnerships are supporting a dynamic space for medical start-ups to succeed. Companies like DPX Technologies are pioneering sample preparation products, while Nephron is working with robotics to develop state-of-the-art sterile compounding methods.
Young talent hub: 70K+enrolled in higher education & top 5 city for millennial migration
Columbia-area growing 400 X faster than the nation in pharmaceutical preparation manufacturing
500+ life sciences patents awarded statewide in past 5 years
Columbia MSA has one of the highest concentrations of blow-fill-seal technology in the world
35+life sciences, pharmaceutical and biotech companies
Made in Central SC
Employers That Call Central SC Home
Resources and Support
We have the resources and support that provide a dynamic environment where entrepreneurs, startups and established companies succeed and prosper.
Supports and promotes South Carolina’s life science industry through collaboration, advocacy, workforce development, and education.
University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy & Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center (KPIC)
Educates and trains a talented pipeline of pharmacists and unites higher-education with entrepreneurship and industry innovation.
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Combines the resources of a major research university with robust partnerships at comprehensive local health care systems to train well-rounded and forward-thinking doctors.