Agenda – Fri, Sept 15

Locations (the two locations are directly across the street from each other - see Venue Information page for floor plans, directions and more)
All events on Friday take place at the USC/Pastides Alumni Center (PAC), 900 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29201

Unless otherwise stated, beverage service and meals included in registration fee.  Page updated Sept 15, 2023, 8:42 am ET.

12:15 pm

Conference Check-In Opens
1st Floor Ballroom pre-function area

Beverage Service (coffee, hot tea, water, sodas) available

1  to 3 pm

Engaging Diverse Perspectives

This is a closed/select group session, not open to general attendance

This meeting is for HBCU leadership, IDeA PIs and NIH representatives and will include a presentation by Dr. Rafael Luna, panel discussion and Q&A.

1 to 2 pm

Pre-Conference Workshop:
IDeA Regional Entrepreneurship Development (I-RED) Program — Commercialization Funding Available!
Conference Room 1A

This session will introduce a new NIGMS-funded program by the Southeast XLerator Network which offers grants and other support to researchers, students, and clinicians from the Southeast IDeA region to help acquire the fundamental business and entrepreneurial skills needed to successfully commercialize their technologies. A new cohort will be recruited soon — learn more and apply for funding and personal support!

View this session online at

2 to 3 pm

Pre-Conference Workshop:
Accessing Cloud-based Training Modules for Data Sciences
Conference Room 1A

Session Agenda

Link to NIGMS Sandbox

This session available for virtual participation upon request. Contact us with interest!

3 to 4 pm

SPECIAL EVENT – Research Showcase:
IDeA & Industry: The Path to & Power of Breakthroughs
Presented by seidea23 Silver Sponsor,  SCBio

The SCbio Research Showcase will feature a panel of 3-4 Chief Scientific Officers and leading executives from South Carolina industry organizations with SCbio’s Erin Ford leading a moderated discussion on:


4 pm
End of Pre-Conference Sessions

4 to 4:45 pm
Networking Break available

4:45 to 6 pm

Welcome and Conference Kick-off, Ballroom

6 pm – ?

Reception, Gamecock Patio
Cash bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres available

Dinner and EntertainmentBig Band Jazz Night, Ballroom
Enjoy the sounds of local 20+-piece jazz band, Carolina Jazz Xperience, comprised of USC Band alumni. Learn more: Web, Facebook, Instagram