Life Sciences

Greenwood, South Carolina is home to world-class companies and research partnerships that are revolutionizing the life science industry on a global scale. From the manufacturing of innovative dosage forms for the biopharmaceutical, consumer health, and nutrition industries, to leading-edge breakthroughs in autism research at the Greenwood Genetic Center – our industries continue to shape the future of the life science.

Dr. Steven A. Skinner

Director & Senior Clinical Geneticist, Greenwood Genetic Center
A clear diagnosis combined with understanding the mechanisms of disease are what lead to effective therapies and improved quality of life for patients and their families. Put simply, the partnership between the Greenwood Genetic Center and Clemson Center for Human Genetics will hasten the pace of progress and enhance the recognition of South Carolina as home to one of the nation’s most productive and important facilities for genetics research and development.

Existing Companies

Greenwood Genetic Center: The Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC), founded in 1974, is a nonprofit organization advancing the field of medical genetics and caring for families impacted by genetic disease and birth defects. At its home campus in Greenwood, South Carolina, a talented team of physicians and scientists provides clinical genetic services, diagnostic laboratory testing, educational programs and resources, and research in the field of medical genetics. GGC’s faculty and staff are committed to the goal of developing preventive and curative therapies for the individuals and families they serve.

In June 2013, Clemson University announced plans to add a 17,000-square-foot research and education center in human genetics on nearly 15 acres donated by Greenwood County and the Greenwood Commissioners of Public Works. The site is located adjacent to the Greenwood Genetic Center within the Greenwood Research Park.

Greenwood Research Park: 190-acre research park, equipped with some of the best data infrastructure in the state and home to over 110 medical professionals. Current collaborative partners include the Greenwood Genetic Center and the Clemson University Center for Human Genetics.


Clemson Center for Human Genetics:  Opening in the fall of 2016, the Clemson University Center for Human Genetics, in conjunction with the Greenwood Genetic Center, will be a core campus for recruiting research and development companies engaged in human diagnostics, cognitive development, central nervous system, autism, birth defects, cancer, and inflammatory diseases. The collaborative will seek new discoveries in genetic diagnostics and epigenetic therapeutics.

In addition, Clemson University and Greenwood Genetic Center will offer a jointly taught Ph.D. in Genetics. In this program, top students share opportunities between GGC and Clemson, and selected faculty of both institutions enjoy joint appointments. This team collaborates with researchers throughout the world to intensify and accelerate our search for answers so that families can intervene earlier, giving their children more hope for joyful and productive lives.


Lonza: Lonza produces 200 billion hard capsules and approximately 3 billion finished dosage units a year for more than 4,000 customers in over 100 countries. If you take any prescription or over-the-counter medication that comes in a capsule, there is a 90% chance the capsule was made in Greenwood, SC.


Cardinal Health: Cardinal Health is a global healthcare solutions company committed to improving the lives of people through our medical technologies, services, and solutions. 


Piedmont CMG: Piedmont CMG partners with Medical Analytical and Diagnostic Instrument manufacturers providing contract manufacturing services which include precision machined plastic components, optically clear diffusion bonded multilayered manifolds, tubing assemblies, tubing bundles, cap assemblies, and value added services.

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