Today’s vocabulary lesson: Proteomics is the study of specific proteins and peptides to identify their unique characteristics. This study of proteins plays an important role with the diagnosis, prognosis + therapeutic prediction of diseases.
Enzymes are proteins that are used in tests for DNA, illegal drugs, and the presence of diseases, like diabetes + cancer.
The good news is we don’t need to get into the details of this because we have a company that’s the local expert and works with companies worldwide.
Main IMCS building | Photo provided
IMCS was founded in Jan. 2013 with the help of local incubators, like the UofSC Technology Incubator. The 3 founders — Andrew Lee, Qian Wang, and William Brewer — also happen to be UofSC scientists.
Together they combined their chemistry and biotech backgrounds to create a cutting-edge company that tackles efficiency + accuracy in lab testing while also creating innovative medical applications for deadly diseases.
Today, IMCS products are used to perform millions of tests every month and serve 600+ health science companies across the world. The company works with medical labs, forensic toxicology labs, businesses that perform drug tests for hiring, the FBI, the National Institutes of Health, and more.
Did we mention that the company is also investing $4.1 million into Richland County?IMCS announced earlier this year it plans to expand its operations and create even more biotech products. The plan is to prioritize creating new therapeutic drugs to treat neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
The expansion will also add a third building, provide new equipment, and create 31 new jobs over the next 5 years. The expansion was announced following the news receiving a $900,000 Small Business Innovation Research Fast-Track grant from the National Institutes of Health. This award will allow the company to continue its advanced research for diagnostics and therapeutic interventions.
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Announced ○ Central Carolina Community Foundationawarded$315,148 to 11 Midlands nonprofits to help improve the quality of life for residents. Award recipients this year include MIRCI, ColaJazz Foundation, Gills Creek Watershed, Serve & Connect, and more. (Midlands Biz) ○ The 2021 Growth Summitwill be held at the Pastides Alumni Center, located at 900 Senate St.(in the Vista across from the convention center), on Nov. 18. This is year 6 for the annual event that brings together entrepreneurs and community leaders. Tickets can be purchased here.
Arts ○ TheJasper Project is asking SC artistsand writers to submit their literaryworks for 2 upcoming projects and publications. Fall Lines, an annual literary journal in partnership with Richland Library and One Columbia, + Jasper Writes, a new weekly project by Columbia City poet laureate Ed Madden. Visit the Jasper Project for more information. ✍️
Coronavirus ○ South Carolina has 3,800+ foster care children or recent alumni that are eligible for the Older Youth Pandemic Relief from South Carolina Department of Social Services. There is $4.1 million in funding available that can be used for food, higher education, transportation, and rental assistance. Details to sign up can be found here. (WIS)
Number ○ $1.7 billion. The amount that South Carolina has received from the annual tobacco master settlement agreement payment since 1998. This year, the state received $84.3 million.(Midlands Biz)
SodaCitizen ○Last week, Joe Pinner(aka Mr. Knozit) was inducted into the Fort Jackson Hall of Fame. In addition to the Mr. Knozit Show, Joe was also known as “the voice of Fort Jackson”,managed Fort Jackson’s radio station in the 1950s, and was awarded an Honorary Colonel position in 2004. (The State)
WaterCooler ○ UofSCannounced that Tony Annan will take over the Men’s Soccer program following the retirement of Mark Berson, the previous head coach for 43 years. Annan still needs the board of trustees approval and previously worked as the interim coach for the Major League Soccer team Atlanta United 2. ⚽ (The State)
Dish ○ The Gourmet Shop,724 Saluda Ave., is addingnew menu items to create a plant-based menu, including 2 salads + 4 entrees. The menu will be available starting today. 🍽️
Cause ○ Last week, The Building Industry Association of South Carolina hosted its annual Pour Wars charity event at Tin Roof and helped raise $20,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The annual bartending competition challenged 8 local building industry professionals to see who could raise the most tips for the charity, and Gene Robertson was the champion. 🍻 (Cola Daily)
OutDoors ○ Raise your eyes to the sky today for thefirst supermoon of 2021 — the Pink Moon. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the name comes from an association with the April springtime blooms + the best time to view the supermoon is approx.11:30 p.m. 🌕 (WLTX)
Wellness ○ Starting to see more evidence of stress than usual?RevIVe Wellness has several services that can help — like Botox + IV Drip Hydration. Learn more.Ⓟ
FeaturedJobs ○ DeWees Real Estate Group is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Commercial Real Estate Agent to join their firm. Apply for the position here. Ⓟ ○ St. Martin’s Preschoolis opening this fall and looking to hire a Preschool Director. Learn more about this position and how to apply here. Ⓟ ○ We’re Hiring.6AM City is eager to find a passionate, eloquent, and driven Digital MediaSales Representative that is eager to work in a multi-market sales environment with high growth potential. Ⓟ
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ICYMI — SpaceX launched on Friday and lucky for us in Cola, we had the chance to catch a glimpse of the Falcon 9 rocket. For those who don’t know, SpaceX is the space project funded by the modern day Rocketman — Elon Musk.Take a look at these photos of the spaceship crossing over Williams-Brice.
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ForKids ○ Kids Cooking Class| Mon., Apr. 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | The Food Academy, LLC, 5 Lake Carolina Way, Suite 130 | $75 | Kids will make a multiple course meal with all necessary materials provided. 🍽️
Dish ○ National Pretzel Day | Mon., Apr. 26 | 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | Philly Pretzel Factory, 2800 Rosewood Dr. | Free | Celebrate this twisty holiday with 1 free pretzel.
TryThis ○ Sip & Snip| Mon., Apr. 26 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Krafty Draft Brew Pub | $60, call to purchase | Kelly & Company Florist will be there for a night of brews and floral arrangements.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.