Summerville, S.C. – SC Launch, Inc. announces the appointment of Dr. Patrick Springhart and Mr. Stephen Wiggins to the SC Launch Board of Directors. The addition of Springhart and Wiggins expands the board to nine members. The SC Launch Board of Directors approves loans and investments made to SC Launch companies. Board members represent South Carolina’s research universities and industry, and have significant experience with entrepreneurial endeavors.
Dr. Springhart is the Vice President for Institutional Innovation at Greenville Health System (GHS). Prior to this role he was the Chief of Urology at GHS and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of South Carolina at Greenville School of Medicine.
Mr. Wiggins is retired after 37 years with BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, which included serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Wiggins currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for IT-oLogy, a nonprofit working to grow the number of IT professionals in the State.
“We are honored to have Dr. Springhart and Mr. Wiggins as part of the SC Launch Board of Directors.” said Jill Sorensen, Director of Entrepreneurial Programs and SC Launch Inc. “Their backgrounds will provide invaluable perspective and experience as we evaluate early-stage companies in South Carolina.”
The SC Launch program is SCRA's entrepreneurial platform that provides mentoring, grants and investments to qualified, South Carolina companies in the Advanced Materials/Manufacturing, Information Technology and Life Sciences industries.
Chartered in 1983 by the State of South Carolina as a public, non-profit corporation, SCRA fosters South Carolina's Innovation Economy by supporting entrepreneurs, enabling academic research and its commercialization, and connecting industry to innovators.