Qwerkz — a job posting + recruiting platform — will collaborate with the City of Columbia, the Department Of Economic Development, and local businesses to attract new talent. Qwerkz is working to develop AI technology to assist small businesses to find and retain local talent. Qwerkz was founded in late…
Biotech company IMCS expanding in Columbia region
Irmo-based Integrated Micro-Chromatography Systems, Inc. (IMCS), a biotech startup grown out of research at the University of South Carolina, is expanding in the Columbia area. Their investment of $4.1M is expected to create 31 new high-wage jobs as the company expands its capacity to supply its primary customers – clinical and research laboratories. Support was provided by Richland County Economic Development.
As part of the region’s growing life sciences cluster, the company researches and develops testing solutions with a particular focus on antibodies – a need highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The investment will enable them to expand this line, while providing an avenue for deeper research into enzymatic solutions for Alzheimer’s research.
Founded in 2013 by three Ph.D. scientists at the University of South Carolina, IMCS grew out of wet lab space at UofSC’s IdeaLabs. The company also benefited from coaching through the UofSC/City of Columbia’s Technology Incubator’s core programs, and have since graduated. Read more about the IMCS expansion here.