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University President Harris Pastides acknowledges gift at announcement in Greenville.
University President Harris Pastides acknowledges gift at announcement in Greenville. Behind him from left are Michael Matthews, James Silliman, Richard Hawkins, Ken Reali and Gary Hyman

$5 million Smith & Nephew investment to fund new CoEE

Ken Reali, senior vice president and general manager of Smith & Nephew Biologics & Spine, said the center offers exciting scientific, clinical and economic potential.

“This collaboration draws on the expertise of world-class academic, clinical and commercial partners to research and develop advanced new technologies that will help future generations of patients, in South Carolina and around the world, to continue living full and active lives,” Reali said.

University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides said researchers at the College of Engineering and Computing and the Arnold School of Public Health will play an integral role in research and economic development.

“A comprehensive research university adds a crucial link to this exciting venture,” he said. “Researchers from many disciplines will work individually and together to develop new procedures and materials that will change the scope of healthcare in the 21st century. Moreover, through spin-offs and the creation of new jobs and intellectual property, this center will impact not just physical health, but also the economic health of our state.”

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  • University partners: Smith & Nephew, the Orthopaedic Research Foundation of the Carolinas (OFRC), the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas.
  • Innovation: Emphasis will be translation of innovations to application in clinical and other settings.
  • Investment: $5 million from Centers of Economic Excellence Program and $5 million from Smith & Nephew.

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