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Partnership matches researchers with businesses

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Greenville Health System and the University of South Carolina are coming together in an effort to match doctors and researchers with businesses to commercialize medical research.

The university’s Office of Economic Engagement will look for industry partners for researchers at GHS’ Health Sciences Center and the USC School of Medicine Greenville with the purpose of moving health care research from concept to development.

Bill Kirkland, executive director of the Office of Engagement, said USC had previous success with startups through the IdeaLabs and USC/Columbia Technology Incubator programs.

“This shared focus on research and technology further enhances the university’s relationship with GHS and strengthens the existing collaboration with the USC School of Medicine Greenville,” Kirkland said, in a news release.

GHS’ Institute of Translational Oncology has partnered with startup Kiratec to develop technology that predicts patient response to cancer drugs without being invasive to the patient.

The Office of Engagement will also look for external funding for researchers interested in creating a startup company.

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