In Columbia, business, political and university leaders have broken ground on a center that will nurture high-tech, high-paying companies. The new University of South Carolina, SC Research Authority Innovation Center already has two tenants standing by: Direct Measurements and Immedion.
Bill Mahoney is CEO of the South Carolina Research Authority. The authority was mandated by the legislature and does not use or seek public funds. “”We take prototypes and discoveries out of labs and off of benches and we get them into production and widespread use. And typically we have an 18 to 36 month window to find those technologies, select them, perfect them and then get them operational,” says Mahoney.
The USC/SCRA Innovation Center, one of three developing in the state, will house technology and light-manufacturing enterprises. Mahoney says this is a significant step in expanding the state’s knowledge economy.
(Selection of interview with SCRA’s Bill MahoneyMP3 3:25)
Selection of Interview with Bill Mahoney MP3
There is an innovation center in North Charleston, affiliated with MUSC. Clemson University and the SCRA are alos scheduled to begin construction in mid-March on the approximately 43,000 square-foot innovation center complex in Anderson County to support the state’s growing advanced materials industry. Read Clemson news release here