May 25, 2021
By Lynn Demos
COVID-19 might be keeping CRDA’s global business development team from getting on an airplane just yet, but it’s not keeping us from “traveling.” Over the last year, video conferencing has allowed us to keep in touch with our international contacts and given us the chance to attend the tradeshows we previously attended in person.
Keeping up with international connections
While we would much prefer to be hosting international guests at one of our world-class restaurants in Charleston, over the past several months, we have virtually hosted guests such as the British Consul General in Atlanta, the Port of Rotterdam, and companies located in France’s Occitanie region. We have also participated in virtual missions with our economic development partners at the South Carolina Department of Commerce, most recently talking with companies in India. We remain optimistic we will host our international connections in Charleston soon!
Attending tradeshows focused on our high impact clusters and building industry relationships are a key component of economic development. SCBIO’s Annual Conference, CES, and the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance’s Annual Aerospace Conference are a few of the conferences and tradeshows we attend that shifted to a virtual format this year.
My colleague, Karen Davison served as the Co-Chair for the 2021 SCBIO Conference. At the conference, Charleston-based Vikor Scientific announced the launch of its strategic partnership with Quantgene Inc. The partnership, facilitated by CRDA, will focus on precision genomics and personalized medicine. For more information on the partnership, click here. Deals are still getting done in Charleston, even if we can’t yet finalize them in person.
While the past year taught us all to harness the power of technology to stay connected, CRDA is excited to hit the road again soon and participate in in-person meetings, missions, and events. If you are interested in meeting with CRDA, please reach out to a member of our team.