SC Innovates® is fortunate to have many supporters who believe in the power of innovation to create opportunities and the need to bridge the gap between science and industry.

Jochen Lauterbach, PhD

SmartState® Endowed Chair, Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity
University of South Carolina

“The SmartState Endowed Chairs are among the brightest minds in the world in our fields. We are in South Carolina to ignite innovation in technology, start companies, partner with industry,… (continued)

Sue Levkoff, MSW, SW, SCD

SmartState® Endowed Chair in SmartHOME
Professor, College of Social Work
Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine
University of South Carolina

“The SmartState Center for Innovation + Commercialization is the ‘missing link’ of the SmartState Program. SmartState Endowed Chairs such as myself are developing a tremendous amount of technology in our… (continued)

Laine Mears, Ph.D., P.E.

BMW SmartState® Chair in Automotive Manufacturing
Clemson University

“From the beginning, SmartState® Chairs were encouraged to ‘think big’ by our universities and corporate sponsors. That’s exactly what we’ve done in our research, in our teaching, in diversifying and… (continued)

Shaun Owens, Ph.D., MPH, CAPS

Associate Professor
College of Social Work
University of South Carolina

“If we, as academic researchers, don’t want our research end-products to end up on a shelf, we need a crash course in strategic management so we understand what it takes… (continued)