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November 10, 2021 | Tom Ballard

SCBIO reaches into Louisiana for its next President and CEO

SCBIO, the South Carolina counterpart to Life Science Tennessee, has named a Clemson University alum as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. The naming of the executive with Louisiana Economic Development follows a nationwide search that resulted in 116 total applications from across the country.

James Chappell joined the Louisiana organization in 2013 and held positions of increasing responsibility over the ensuing years including Executive Director of State Economic Competitiveness before being named Executive Director of Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship for the organization in 2021.

Life sciences has a $12 billion economic impact in the Palmetto State, with more than 700 firms involved and over 43,000 professionals employed in the research, development and commercialization of innovative healthcare, medical device, industrial, environmental, and agricultural biotechnology products. It also represents a significant economic development focus for the state, led by the South Carolina Department of Commerce and other regional economic development teams.

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