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University President Harris Pastides acknowledges gift at announcement in Greenville.
University President Harris Pastides acknowledges gift at announcement in Greenville. Behind him from left are Michael Matthews, James Silliman, Richard Hawkins, Ken Reali and Gary Hyman

$5 million Smith & Nephew investment to fund new CoEE

“New therapies can now be initiated by public health and biomedical engineering research partners at the University of South Carolina, developed and advanced with the support of Smith & Nephew and studied carefully in the ORFC and associated orthopaedic clinics,” Matthews said.

Dr. Robert McKeown, chair of the department of epidemiology at the Arnold School of Public Health, said the linkages among the three partners come full circle “as the university researchers join with ORFC and Smith & Nephew to evaluate the performance of new products and approaches and assess their impact on patients’ quality of life, productivity and participation in family and community activities.”

Paula Harper Bethea, CoEE Review Board chair, said the center has important economic and health implications for South Carolinians.

“I am so proud that, because of the visionary CoEE program, one of the world’s premier companies is investing in South Carolina and partnering with one of our research universities,” Bethea said. “This partnership not only will improve lives, but also will potentially create a hub for the treatment of orthopaedic disorders and sports injuries in our state, fueling our economy and leading to the creation of well-paying jobs for our citizens.”

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CoEE in Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Sciences


  • University partners: Smith & Nephew, the Orthopaedic Research Foundation of the Carolinas (OFRC), the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas.
  • Innovation: Emphasis will be translation of innovations to application in clinical and other settings.
  • Investment: $5 million from Centers of Economic Excellence Program and $5 million from Smith & Nephew.

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