MUSC FRD & The Harbor Develop PriMed Accelerator Program

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This September, Charleston will see a new resource available to its early stage companies. The MUSC Foundation for Research Development and the Harbor Entrepreneur Center have formed a strategic partnership to help entrepreneurs working on products specifically in the medical device or pharma/bio industries. Named PriMed (pronounced primed), this new 28-week accelerator program will provide entrepreneurs the foundation needed for long-term success of their life science endeavor.

The program will provide early stage companies with tremendous resources critical for growth and success. In alternating weeks, the participating companies will receive two-hour curriculum sessions held at MUSC and led by subject matter experts tailored to the life sciences, one-hour meetings with mentors who have expertise specific to their industries, and constant interaction and connection with other life science startups also trying to grow their business and skill sets.

Ideal candidates for PriMed are early stage companies developing products in the medical device or pharma/bio industries. Projects in the medical device field will need to have at least CAD drawings of the device, and projects in the therapeutics field will need to have a lead compound identified with in vivo supporting data.

Applicants will be selected according to an evaluation of the company’s stage of development, capability of their assembled team, innovation/IP, and compatibility with the mentor, expert, and community resources available.

The deadline to apply for PriMed is August 12. Companies interested in applying or wanting more information should visit HERE

FRD has served as MUSC’s technology transfer office since 1998. During that period, FRD has filed patent applications on more than 400 technologies, resulting in over 150 U.S. issued patents. Additionally, FRD has executed more than 150 licenses and spun out more than 50 startup companies.  MUSC startups have had products approved by the FDA and acquired by publicly traded corporations while attracting substantial investment dollars into South Carolina. Innovations from MUSC, including medical devices, therapies and software, are positively impacting health care worldwide.

The Harbor Entrepreneur Center is a non‐profit organization dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and scalable companies in the Charleston Region. Through an accelerator program for innovative startup companies, a Propel program & Forum Groups for further‐stage founders, high‐impact events, and multiple sites offering workspace throughout the region, The Harbor creates ways to collide the most motivated, smart and capable entrepreneurs.

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