Centers of Economic Excellence

Fall/Winter 2007 Program Update

World-renowned Stroke Researcher Recruited to CoEE Program

Prominent neurologist Dr. Robert Adams has been recruited as a CoEE Endowed Chair. Adams is leading the new Stroke Center at MUSC and also serves as a professor of neurosciences. Adams is also cofounder of and chief medical consultant for REACH Call, Inc., a company that provides equipment, software, and expertise for specialist consultations over the Internet.


“The Stroke CoEE will focus on stroke prevention efforts and work on improving secondary stroke prevention,” Adams said. “At the same time, this Center will work to find new treatments for stroke and better ways to prevent stroke."

South Carolina has the second highest stroke mortality rate in the nation, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the state, behind heart disease and cancer.


The Stroke CoEE, approved in 2007, is a collaboration between MUSC and USC, with partners Greenville Health System and Greenwood Genetics Center


Leading Healthcare Quality Experts Recruited Through CoEE Program

Dr. Jay Moskowitz and Dr. Iain Sanderson have been appointed to lead the Center of Economic Excellence in Healthcare Quality, which works to improve the safety, effectiveness, and affordability of healthcare in South Carolina through applied medical research and state of the art information technology.


The Healthcare Quality CoEE is a joint effort among USC, MUSC, and partner Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC). Moskowitz will serve as the CoEE Chair in Clinical and Translational Research, and Sanderson will serve as the CoEE Chair in Medical Informatics. Additionally, Moskowitz has been named President of HSSC and Sanderson the HSSC Chief Medical Informatics Officer.


Newly Approved SeniorSMART™ CoEE Focuses on Improving Seniors' Quality of Life

USC and Clemson have joined forces to create the SeniorSMARTCenter of Economic Excellence, which will research ways to make senior citizens more independent. The Center's research will include: SHARP BRAIN (intellectual activity); SMART WHEELS (mobility); and SMART HOME (at-home independence).

Specifically, the CoEE's activities will include designing domestic technologies that allow seniors to live at home rather than in assisted living facilities, and designing cars to help elderly citizens retain the ability to drive for more years of their lives.


Achieving Results for South Carolina

The CoEE Review Board recently submitted a 2003–06 progress report to the Budget & Control Board. The report describes ways the CoEE Program is creating jobs and improving  South Carolina’s economy, such as the following:


  • The Timken Company, BMW and Michelin have all located corporate teams and offices at CU-ICAR (a Center of Economic Excellence). Timken’s partnership is expected to generate at least 110 high-paying jobs.
  • A CoEE Endowed Chair at the Cancer Drug Discovery CoEE is relocating his company, Apogee Biotechnology, to Charleston.
  • Many Centers have launched spin-off companies such as First-String, Cephos Corporation, SemiAllogen, Inc., Advanced Photonic Crystals, and Tetramer Technologies.

Visit to read the report.