For the past four years, South Carolina has ranked #1 among Southeastern states for employment growth in the Life Sciences industry. This industry alone had a total economic impact of over $25 billion in 2021, making it the fastest growing industry in the state.
- 87,000 Life Sciences related jobs in South Carolina
- 670 Life Sciences related companies in South Carolina
- $25 billion economic impact
- Hundreds of patents and licensed technologies since 2012
Leading Life Sciences Companies in SC
Use this interactive map to learn more about the life sciences industry in South Carolina, and to explore the clusters created by our state’s skilled workforce, strategic infrastructure, low cost of business, and attractive quality of life.
Workforce Education & Training
- Provides skills and technical training to employees of new and expanding businesses in South Carolina
- Works closely with new companies to provide the recruiting, training and workforce development tools and assistance they need to get up and running
- Helps a company’s workforce continue to grow by guiding companies through the registered apprenticeship process from initial information to full recognition in the National Registered Apprenticeship System
- Websites: ReadySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina
- SCBIO is the lead organization in South Carolina for recruiting and fostering growth of life sciences companies.
- Key organizational pillars include:
- Growing existing industry
- Global industry recruitment
- Start-Ups & Early Stage Organizations
- Website: SCBIO
- The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is the premier biomedical research institution in South Carolina. Our success in receiving research funding reflects an enterprise of basic and clinical scientists internationally recognized for biomedical work in diseases such as cancer, stroke, health disparities, addiction sciences, inflammation and fibrosis, and digestive disease – just to name a few! All a direct result of recruiting top scientists with a strategic focus to serve the needs of the people of South Carolina.
- Website: Medical University of South Carolina:
- Clemson’s undergraduate programs lead to B.S. and B.A. degrees in Biological Sciences and a B.S. in Microbiology. Additionally, Clemson offers emphasis areas in entomology, prepharmacy, prerehabilitation, quantitative biology, toxicology, secondary education, and biomedicine. Clemson’s graduate programs include M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biological Sciences, Environmental Toxicology, and Microbiology. There is also a 5-year B.S./M.S. program in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering. Faculty members in Biological Sciences also participate in the interdepartmental M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Plant and Environmental Sciences. Clemson additionally offers an online M.S. in Biological Sciences for science educators.
- Website: Clemson University
- Located in the heart of Columbia, the Department of Biological Sciences is one of the largest departments at UofSC. Their mission is to advance knowledge and discoveries in many aspects of biology that ranges from the cellular and genetic level to the organismal and environmental level. The Department carries out cutting-edge research, and transmits knowledge to students and citizens through first-class courses, programs and community engagement. They strive to provide their undergraduate and graduate students the best education and training that enables them to achieve their professional and personal goals.
- Website: University of South Carolina