Success is in our DNA


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.



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

Home to The Ritedose Corporation, which claims the industry's


portfolio of nebulized inhalation drugs.


Best States for Manufacturing

Site Selection Group

NEPHRON: Generic respiratory medications and blow-fill-seal contract manufacturing
DPX TECHNOLOGIES: sample preparation products
Rhythmlink: electrodes & medical devices
Surgiform Technology: develops & manufactures facial implants
Constantia Hueck Foil: metal foil, packaging & labeling for food & pharmaceutical products
CARDINAL HEALTH: surgical gauze
The Ritedose Corp: contract manufacturer with a focus on inhalation & ophthalmic products


Employers That Call Central SC Home