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Greenwood Genetic Center Partnership Campus Strengthens the Greenwood Medical Innovation District.
Greenwood Partnership Alliance and Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation announce a new plan for growth of the GGC Partnership Campus
Pictured from left:  Boo Ramage, Special Assistant to the Director, GGC, Heather Simmons Jones, CEO, GPA, Dr. Steven A Skinner, Director, GGC and Dr. Kristin Manske, Chair, GPA Board of Directors
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Pictured from left:  Boo Ramage, Special Assistant to the Director, GGC, Heather Simmons Jones, CEO, GPA, Dr. Steven A Skinner, Director, GGC and Dr. Kristin Manske, Chair, GPA Board of Directors

The Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) Foundation, a nonprofit 501c3 established to serve as the philanthropic arm supporting the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) in their work of serving families in the fight against genetic diseases, birth defects and autism, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Greenwood Partnership Alliance to market the Greenwood Genetic Center Partnership Campus to the life sciences community.

GGC Foundation desires to use its Partnership Campus to promote and support regional economic development. The MOU was completed to define how the Greenwood Partnership Alliance will help to market and develop the local cluster for technologies related to human and medical genetics, biotechnology, life science enterprises, and related operations.

"We are pleased to formalize the marketing agreement for the GGC Partnership Campus," said Heather Simmons Jones, CEO of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance. "Having a knowledge-based community that can work and grow our current life sciences cluster including the Greenwood Genetic Center, Self Regional Medical Center, Greenwood Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Clemson Center for Human Genetics, will be an economic engine for Greenwood County in the future.”

The GGC Partnership Campus will provide a unique asset for the City of Greenwood and Greenwood County while supporting GGC’s long-term goals for the delivery of clinical care, diagnostic testing, research, and education.

The Partnership Campus strategic plan provides an intentional framework for transforming the GGC Foundation’s consolidated properties into a dynamic, harmonious environment - one that serves as both an anchor of Greenwood’s emerging Medical Innovation District, and also a vital, connected hub within the broader Greenwood community. The campus will become the location of choice for companies and organizations seeking a quality-of-life environment, and businesses focused on promoting connections and collaboration.

In addition to the Greenwood Genetic Center, the campus currently includes The Upper Savannah Council of Governments, Carolina Health Center’s Children's Center, and the Clemson Center for Human Genetics’ Self Regional Hall.

Clemson’s Center for Human Genetics (CCHG) enables Clemson’s growing genetics program to collaborate closely with the tradition of excellence in genetic services, testing and research at the Greenwood Genetic Center, combining basic science and clinical care. The CCHG has named groundbreaking geneticist, Trudy Mackay, as director of the CCHG, and she is currently building a team of researchers whose goal will be to significantly advance the understanding of genetic disorders, especially in the areas of human development, behavior, and communication. Together, the CCHG and GGC will strive to use new technologies and knowledge to develop treatments for genetic disorders.

"We are thrilled with this major step forward in the development of our Partnership Campus vision," added Steve Skinner, director of the Greenwood Genetic Center. "The excellent achievements in economic development by the Greenwood Partnership Alliance promise to lead to even more growth in our local community. We look forward to a fruitful partnership."

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