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Life sciences sector poised for growth, success in Upstate

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Anthony Herrera, executive director, Furman Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

The state of South Carolina continues to gear up for an influx of business across multiple sectors – and not just the usual suspects like automotive, manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, and aerospace. In the last decade, the state’s life sciences sector has seen a surge  in growth aided by players such as Bausch & Lomb, Nephron Pharmaceuticals and Nutramax. Other entrants to the fray during COVID-19 have injected even more investment in the sector.

Greenville Business Magazine reached out to Anthony Herrera, chief innovation officer at Furman University and SCBIO board member. He said, “South Carolina is producing top talent to fuel this industry. Our quality of life, a focus on innovation, the talent we are turning out, multiple universities offering innovative partnerships with acclaimed faculty, students, and lab facilities – that’s how we grow and compete to bring companies here.”

Herrera, who leads the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Furman, was also quoted in a piece underwritten by the City of Greenville for Greenville Business Magazine. He commented on the institute’s recently launched GVL Starts program, which offers eight-week sessions for entrepreneurs interested in starting new businesses in the area.

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