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October 17, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Southeast Shoutouts | Eighth annual “Growth Summit” scheduled for Columbia, SC

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville celebrated the opening of the newest building on its campus last week.

From Columbia, SC:

The eighth annual “Growth Summit” focused on entrepreneurs will be held November 2 and 3 at the Columbia Museum of Art. Billed as “THE event for South Carolina Founders (organized) by South Carolina Founders,” the gathering costs $69.00 per person to register – students can attend for free – but all of the revenues from ticket sales go to local charities.

The event kicks off with an inspirational presentation by Jim Sonefeld, drummer and songwriter for the popular 90s band Hootie & The Blowfish. The full agenda can be found here, and a link to registration is here.

From Huntsville, AL:

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology celebrated the opening of the newest building on its campus last week at an event attended by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. The 93,000-square-foot building, which was funded by the State of Alabama, Madison County, and the City of Huntsville, will serve as the global headquarters for Discovery Life Sciences.

As described on its website, the company’s “mission is to restore hope by speeding the development of innovative diagnostics and effective treatments to improve care.” It executes on that mission by partnering with researchers in industry, academia, and governments, enabling them to complete their important work faster by providing them the highest quality products and services, while assuring that Discovery Life Sciences strictly adheres to every ethical, legal, and regulatory standard.

Discovery’s new space allows for a more collaborative culture where technology thought leaders and top scientists share ideas in the same room. The facility includes an in-house clinic for volunteer-based specimens supported by state-of-the-art biospecimen processing, cell services, molecular biology and genomic sequencing laboratories. The building also includes a one-of-its-kind central nitrogen system, freezer farms, a high-density storage system and an emergency backup power system with highly flexible utility deliveries that weave the processing together. The associated office, cafe and break areas provide for a wide variety of spaces to encourage a collaborative working environment.

From Burlington, NC:

Labcorp, a global leader of innovative and comprehensive laboratory services, has announced the launch and national availability of its ATN Profile, a blood-based test that combines three well-researched blood biomarkers to identify and assess biological changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease – amyloid plaques, tau tangles and neurodegeneration (ATN) – which can help accelerate the path to diagnosis and intervention. The test is available through physicians for use with patients who are being evaluated for possible Alzheimer’s disease or other causes of cognitive impairment based on clinical observation and cognitive screenings.

From Washington, DC:

The Southeastern Trade Adjustment Assistance Center operated by the Georgia Tech Research Corporation was one of 11 across the country to share $13.5 million in funding to help companies and communities adapt to international competition and diversify their economies. The funding comes from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and Georgia Tech received $1.2 million for the program that serves Tennessee and seven other Southeastern states.


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