Industry Today Volume 22 Issue 4

harleston leads the nation for job growth in scientific R&D firms. In the past two decades, major life science firms have made the move to the Charleston region. Charleston is home to 75+ medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, research laboratories and service companies. Life science executives across the globe are dis- covering that the Charleston region offers what many other larger, oversaturated markets can- not: a lifestyle that attracts and retains top tal- ent, easy connections to life science and health- care executives, and business-friendly regional and state support. Why Fast-Growing Life Science Companies are Choosing Charleston, South Carolina As a partner for major organizations like Mayo Clinic and the U.S. Olympic Committee, nutri- tional dietary supplement company, Thorne sells more products to pro sports teams than any other company of its kind. Thorne’s busi- ness is growing rapidly, so it began searching for a new location to sustain its fast growth and considered scores of cities, including Phoenix, Orlando, Austin and Charlotte. “I looked at about 100 different sites in eight different states and what sets South Carolina apart, certainly in the Charleston area, is the business environment. It’s very pro-business. It’s more than just lip service,” says Tom McKenna, COO of Thorne. In 2018, Thorne relocated its Idaho opera- tions to the Charleston region, opening a new 272,000-square-foot manufacturing and R&D facility. In addition to the region and state’s proactive and supportive business environment, INDUSTRY TODAY 23 FEATURE - CHARLESTON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE NG LIFE C