As South Carolina’s voice of the life sciences industry, SCBIO and its member organizations are on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19. With that in mind, Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Stephanie Few (in her role as Vice Chair of SCBIO) co-authored a Letter to the Editor to the Greenville News with a simple but powerful message: Wear a mask to protect their neighbors and themselves.

The letter, which was co-authored by SCBIO President & CEO Samuel Konduros and Board Chair Lou Kennedy, ran in the July 19 edition of the newspaper.

“There is an easy step that every individual can take to protect the health of those around them—wear a mask in public,” they write. “Just last week, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said America could have the pandemic under control in four to eight weeks if everyone wore masks in public.” 

Few, Kennedy and Konduros also noted a recent Goldman Sachs report that estimated that even a modest increase in mask-wearing could result in $1 trillion in savings to the US economy.

Stephanie Few has played a role in many of South Carolina’s largest economic development deals of the past 20 years. She works closely with companies seeking to expand or relocate operations to the Carolinas and the Southeastern United States. Her efforts on behalf of clients have led to the creation of thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in new investments. When the New York Times profiled Charleston’s economic boom in 2017, Few was one of the local leaders the Times turned to for insight.