Life Sciences Industry

Recent investments and expansions by leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies have brought recognition to South Carolina as a top destination for the life sciences industry. With a talented and innovative workforce, top research institutions and world-class hospital systems, the Palmetto State boasts an expanding biotech infrastructure.

With such exceptional assets, a dynamic group of bulk manufacturers, chemical processors, generic and proprietary pharmaceutical developers, hygiene product producers and packagers and related research and development companies have all decided to make their home in South Carolina. As a result, the Palmetto State has cultivated a truly cutting-edge life sciences industry sector.

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Life Sciences Industry Snapshot

The Palmetto State is home to three research universities leading the way in biotechnology education and research.

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Why is SC Just Right for Life Sciences?


new life sciences jobs announced from 2017-2021

$12 billion

annual economic impact of SC's life sciences industry


life sciences companies currently operating in SC

"With the bulk of our scientists and advisors located in the Northeast corridor, we considered a variety of alternative locations, but Greenville represents a wonderful balance of small-town feel, sophistication, high growth and vibrancy."

Scott Pancoast, Zylö Therapeutics CEO

South Carolinians employed in the life sciences sector


growing life sciences sector in the southeast

$819 million

in export sales of medical instruments and pharmaceutical products in 2021

More than 1,000 life sciences-related companies call SC home.


Nutramax Laboratories, a leader in the advanced manufacturing and bio science industries, is thriving in South Carolina.

“We have a commitment beyond just investing in facilities and jobs in South Carolina. We want to continue to be a part of making Lancaster a great place to work and live."

Todd Henderson, DVM, President and CEO of Nutramax Laboratories

In 2015, just five years after deciding to move its animal health business and corporate operations headquarters to SC, the thriving manufacturing laboratory expanded its existing Lancaster County operation. Nutramax Laboratories manufactures animal health products including leading brands Cosequin® and Dasuquin® for joint health, as well as many other products for dogs, cats and horses. Since their 2010 opening, the operation has created 375 new jobs and a deep relationship with the Lancaster community.

Read more about how Nutramax Laboratories has thrived in Lancaster county.

Other life science companies in SC

bausch lomb
Bridge to Life
ritedose corp

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