Sam Konduros, a business leader and biomedical and economic development consultant, was named Monday as the new president and CEO of the South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization known as SCBIO, a statewide not-for-profit entity representing and catalyzing innovators in medicine, medical devices and biomaterials. Konduros is the founder of SK Strategies, LLC launched in 2004, and has led or consulted numerous state economic development efforts. He is a current member of the SCBIO Board of Directors. He also served as executive director of Greenville Health System’s Research Development Corporation from 2014 to 2016.
“Sam’s strengths in knowing the biotech sector and his deep experience in business and economic development were compelling,” said Erin Ford, Chair of SCBIO. “The board was won over by his vision for the growth of SCBIO.”
As executive director for the GHS RDC, Konduros worked to facilitate tech transfer, attract new biomedical companies and grow collaborations between clinicians, researchers and health educators while nurturing start-ups in shared lab space. He also chaired the healthcare system’s IP Committee, and helped develop the concept for a new life sciences innovation district referred to as the IMED Innovation Corridor.
“I greatly appreciate the SC BIO board’s passion for serving and advancing South Carolina’s rapidly growing life sciences community and industry sector, and for their vote of confidence in my leadership capabilities for the organization going forward,“ Konduros said. “I am highly motivated to get officially started in this exciting new role in late April, and I am confident we will have some dynamic and innovative new initiatives to announce by the time our annual conference takes place in Charleston Oct. 25-26.”
Konduros also served as a multi-year consultant to help forge the Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). He was the founding president and CEO of The Upstate SC Alliance. Konduros is a former Cancer Society Chairman, Greenville Chamber Chairman, and SC Chamber of Commerce executive committee member. He has a law degree from the University of South Carolina and undergraduate degree from Clemson, and is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.