MUSC FRD and The Harbor Develop “PriMed” Accelerator Program



CHARLESTON, SC – The MUSC Foundation for Research Development and The Harbor Entrepreneur Center have formed a strategic partnership to help entrepreneurs working on products specifically in the medical device or pharma/bio industries. This new 28-week accelerator program has been named “PriMed” (pronounced “primed”) and will provide entrepreneurs the foundation needed for long-term success of their life science endeavor.

Starting in September of this year, early stage companies will receive tremendous resources critical for growth and success. In alternating weeks, the participating companies will receive two-hour curriculum sessions held at MUSC and led by subject matter experts tailored to the life sciences, one hour meetings with mentors with industry-specific expertise, and constant interaction and connection with other life science startups also trying to grow their business and skill sets.  Ideal candidates for PriMed are early-stage companies developing products in the medical device or pharma/bio industries. Projects in the medical device field will need to have at least CAD drawings of the device, and projects in the therapeutics field will need to have a lead compound identified with in vivo supporting data. Applicants will be selected according to an evaluation of the company’s stage of development, capability of their assembled team, innovation/IP, and compatibility with the mentor, expert, and community resources available.

Companies interested in applying for PriMed or wanting more information should visit

About FRD:  FRD has served as MUSC’s technology transfer office since 1998. During that period, FRD has filed patent applications on more than 400 technologies, resulting in over 150 U.S. issued patents. Additionally, FRD has executed more than 150 licenses and spun out more than 50 startup companies.  MUSC startups have had products approved by the FDA and acquired by publicly traded corporations while attracting substantial investment dollars into South Carolina. Innovations from MUSC, including medical devices, therapies and software, are positively impacting health care worldwide.  For more info on MUSC Foundation for Research Development, visit:

About The Harbor: The Harbor Entrepreneur Center is non‐profit organization dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and scalable companies in the Charleston Region. Through an accelerator program for innovative startup companies, a Propel program & Forum Groups for further‐stage founders, high‐impact events, and multiple sites offering workspace throughout the region, The Harbor consistently creates ways to collide the most motivated, smart and capable entrepreneurs. For more information, visit                     

Contact: Christine Thiesing Dixon ( /  Jackie McKelvey (