Scribble

Scribble: Don't look for opportunities; try to create opportunities

By Scribble

Notes on Innovation from Srikanth PillaSrikanth Pilla is a man of many degrees — receiving his B.S., M.S., and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering before attending Stanford University to complete his postdoctoral training. He worked as an assistant scientist at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, before coming to Clemson University’s Innovation Campus for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in 2013, as an Assistant Professor of Automotive Engineering. In addition to his work at Clemson, he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Renewable Materials, as well as an editor on several other...

Scribble: Advice for entrepreneurs from co-founder of Neuroene Therapeutics

By Scribble

Sherine Chan, Neuroene TherapeuticsSherine Chan Co-Founder of Neuroene Therapeutics After spending her early professional life in medical research and education, Sherine Chan has turned to the world of entrepreneurship. Alongside her role as an Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, Sherine has co-founded a potentially groundbreaking pharmaceutical company. She and her business partner have discovered novel Vitamin K-based therapeutics that target new mechanisms and are safe, specific, and different from current drugs on the market for the treatment of epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and other...

Scribble: How to build a successful company culture

By Scribble

Greg HiggsMany enthusiasts dream of starting a business around their obsessions. Greg Higgs is one entrepreneur who actually did it. Already a junkie for vehicles at an early age, Greg laid the groundwork for Fab Fours as a child by developing his skills as an artist. He went on to connect with a local welder who would make Greg’s first custom automobile part. After unlikely beginnings in Jakarta, Indonesia, Greg founded Fab Fours. Today, after building the wildly successful vehicle customization and outdoor lifestyle company, Greg provides the “creative force and product DNA that goes into all of Fab...

Scribble: Structural Dynamics to make our world safer

By Scribble

Juan CaicedoMany people have dreams of shaping the future, and for Dr. Juan Caicedo, those dreams are a reality. A professor and department chair of the University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing, Juan specializes in Structural Dynamics to make our world safer and more efficient. From floors that sense the vibrations of your footsteps to walls that stand strong against storms, he and his department utilize their one-of-a-kind equipment to run experiments and come up with new solutions to everyday problems. Juan moved to the United States from Columbia, South America to achieve his...

Scribble: Detecting concussions in the blink of an eye

By Scribble

Scribble- Naney TsaiIs it possible to detect concussions in just the blink of an eye? Thanks to Dr. Nancey Tsai, the answer is yes. As a clinical associate professor of neurosurgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, Nancey invented a device that uses videography to detect subtle differences in the way a patient blinks. As Nancey puts it, “it’s all in the eyes” when it comes to examining neurological functions. After waiting for the technology to catch up to her idea, Nancey created the Blink Reflexometer™. Now, the portable device can be used to test an athlete for a concussion right on the sidelines...

Scribble: Notes on Innovation from Boyd Cycling

By Scribble

Boyd and Nicole Johnson of Boyd CyclingThe story of starting a business from your own house may sound familiar to many entrepreneurs. It’s certainly familiar to Boyd and Nicole Johnson, whose business was born from a passion for bicycles and racing. Boyd began making and selling bike parts, and his wife Nicole quickly got involved. Now, their Greenville-based company focuses on wheels, and they pride themselves on providing the highest quality at the most reasonable price. In this interview, Nicole and Boyd talk about how they got their start, how they were able to obtain funding and grow their business, and the valuable lessons...