INSPIRE: Connecting Industry and the Clemson University Research Enterprise  

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The Innovation Series for Partnering Industry with the Research Enterprise (“INSPIRE”) is a programmatic series of events designed to support and enhance both new and existing relationships between Clemson University’s research enterprise and industrial partners. Hosted by Clemson University and the Clemson University Research Foundation, this event series will offer a number of customized events that have subject matter geared towards Clemson researchers and Industry.


INSPIRE gives industry the opportunity to not only learn about research being done at Clemson, but to also learn about the many resources and capabilities Clemson has to offer including:  

  • Research Centers and Institutes 

  • Unique facilities 

  • CURF: Clemson’s Tech Transfer Office

  • One-of-a-kind and state-of -the-art equipment and testing services

  • Students that have relevant training and skills to be potential workforce additions

  • Opportunities for collaboration

INSPIRE is ideal for: 

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises with limited R&D capabilities that wish to engage with and leverage the Clemson University research enterprise,

  • Larger corporations seeking to add new research directions and dimension to their existing R&D, and   

  • New or current industry partners interested in collaborating with an R1 Carnegie-rated research enterprise and identify areas of common interest. 


If you are a Clemson faculty member who desires to engage with companies and have your research/technologies exposed to new markets, or who is interested in making Industry aware of Clemson’s broad and deep strengths in research, then INSPIRE is for you! This event is intended to expose faculty researchers to a variety of opportunities including: 

  • Learning how industry is structured and how partnerships/point of contacts might be worked with

  • Building long-term collaborative relationships with industry 

  • Securing funding to facilitate projects of common interest to both industry and Clemson 

About Clemson Research

Research and innovation continue to be driving factors as Clemson University climbs in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. With advanced technology and state-of-the-art laboratories, Clemson provides an environment where researchers and industry professionals can come together to create ideas for the future.

For years, Clemson has created and nurtured research and economic development centers to build a knowledge-based economy. Clemson’s more than 100 centers and institutes are dedicated to everything from automotive excellence to advanced materials, from international diversity to community outreach, from ethics to the arts. The link between academics and industry grows stronger every day.

In 2016, Clemson University was classified as one of the nation’s most active research institutions (Carnegie Basic Classification R1 – Highest Research Activity) and was awarded nearly $150 million in external research funding for fiscal year 2018, up almost 92% from 2013.

For more information about INSPIRE or being an organizational participant in INSPIRE, contact Chase Kasper, Director of Business Development, Clemson University Research Foundation at (864) 656-1402 or

KIYATEC receives additional financing for ongoing clinical studies

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KIYATEC, Inc., a South Carolina startup based on technology developed at Clemson University, has recently announced the $3 million initial closing of the company’s B2 financing round. In addition to the funding, KIYATEC has welcomed LabCorp as a new investor. LabCorp’s investment in KIYATEC is of particular significance because of their expertise in oncology and their preclinical and clinical development strengths. With these new developments, KIYATEC is poised to sharpen their ongoing clinical study, 3D-PREDICT.

An innovator in cancer treatment, KIYATEC works to change the future of cancer care through predicting how cancer patients respond to drug therapies. In the past few months, KIYATEC has gained significant momentum. They have demonstrated leading capabilities in modeling and prediction response to immune-oncology therapies at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). On April 10th, they were one of 20 startups chosen to participate in the 2019 University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Showcase. Most notably, in 2019 KIYATEC has added three clinical sites to its 3D-PREDICT study and expects to add additional sites soon. 

For more information on KIYATEC, click here

The South Carolina Medical Device Alliance announces new opportunities

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The South Carolina Medical Device Alliance (MDA) is a partnership of the South Carolina Research Authority, Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina, and industry. Together they are working to grow the economic impact of the medical device industry through job creation and startup formation. The MDA is working to form 23 new startups, create 100 new jobs, and file over 300 new patents. This will not only create economic growth throughout the region, but also provide a platform for innovators to invent, advance, and bring new medical device technologies to the market. 

Recently, the MDA has announced a number of new positions and requests for proposals. If you are interested in getting involved, click here