Gerrita Postlewait: Charleston County School District

November 28, 2017 – As we all come back from the Thanksgiving break along with area teachers and students, how appropriate that we should receive an update on our schools from the Superintendent for the Charleston County School District (“CCSD”), Gerrita Postlewait. Dr. Postlewait brings a great deal of experience to the school district having served as Chair of the State Board of Education and as a member of the national governing board of the American Association of School Administrators. She is a mother, a grandmother, an aunt and very much brings her parental experience to her relationships with the CCSD administrators, teachers and students. Continue reading “Gerrita Postlewait: Charleston County School District”

Dr. Ryan Fiorini: Blinktbi

November 14, 2017:  Dr. Fiorini received his Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the MUSC in Charleston in 2005. He later received his M.B.A. from the Citadel in 2007 and a Masters of Hospital Administration from MUSC in 2008.  Dr. Fiorini has held adjunct faculty positions at both Trident Technical College and the College of Charleston Department of Biology. He previously served as the Vice President of the Palmetto Biotechnology Alliance Board of Directors from 2007-2009 and was designated by the Charleston Business Journal as one of the “Forty Under Forty” in 2010 in recognition of professional success and community involvement. In August 2014, Dr. Fiorini was accepted into the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF). He served on the Board of Directors for SIBF and the Executive Leadership Board of Directors for the American Heart Association in South Carolina. Since 2014, Fiorini has mentored 20+ companies with the Harbor Entrepreneur Center in Charleston, SC. Continue reading “Dr. Ryan Fiorini: Blinktbi”

Edward Bell & Rebecca Darwin: Take-Offs, Tough Times and Lessons Learned

October 31, 2017 – What a treat this week (for Halloween no less!) to have not one, but two speakers to deliver our message.  Edward Bell, perhaps more known to members as President of the Charleston School of Law, but he is also a co-founder of Garden & Gun, along with Rebecca Darwin.  Both of our speakers are natives of South Carolina, Bell having been born in Sumter and Darwin in Columbia.  Bell lives now in Georgetown where he practices law. Darwin moved to Charleston after a successful publishing career in New York when her husband, Cress, answered the call to serve as Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church. Continue reading “Edward Bell & Rebecca Darwin: Take-Offs, Tough Times and Lessons Learned”

Loretta Lynch: MUSC’s “Science Café”

October 17, 2017 – Loretta Lynch of MUSC joined us for our Tuesday meeting to speak about immunotherapy as part of MUSC’s Science Cafe. Joining Loretta was her research team of Eric Bartee, PhD; Chrystal Paulos, PhD and Mark Rubenstein, PhD. Eric started by discussing how they arrived at immunotherapy as part of cancer treatment. Immunotherapy doesn’t treat the disease but treats the patient so they can fight the disease. The single greatest medical achievement in recent history is the eradication of small pox which was not treated itself but was eradicated by treating the patient. Your body fights cancer off 99 percent of the time, it is the 1 percent that we need to address. That can be done with antibodies, checkpoint blockade or killer T Cells. The specific form of immunotherapy he is researching is Oncolytics or treating with viruses. Oncolytics combines two powerful strategies into a single treatment. In the initial steps, a patient is intentionally infected with a virus which preferentially infects and kills cancer cells. These viruses identify and replicate specifically in transformed cancer cells resulting in the generation of new infectious virus. This newly replicated virus subsequently spreads to adjoining cancer cells where the process repeats resulting in a tumor localized cascade of viral infection. This process, known as direct oncolytics, causes the elimination of virtually all directly infected cancer cells resulting in a swift reduction in tumor size. Continue reading “Loretta Lynch: MUSC’s “Science Café””