COLUMBIA, S.C.—Womble Bond Dickinson economic development lawyer Stephanie Yarbrough helped lead a half-day South Carolina Life Sciences Boot Camp: Essentials of a Growing Industry. The event took place March 14 at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health and is presented by SCBIO.

Yarbrough spoke on M&A in Life Science Economic Development. Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Brandy Davis and Laramie Paras also attended the Boot Camp.

Yarbrough is a Board Member of the SCBIO Board of Directors. She also serves on the SCBIO Executive Committee and as Annual Conference Chair. Davis is on the SCBIO Industry and Innovation Council, while Paras serves on the SCBIO Annual Conference Planning Committee.

SC BIO is a statewide, not-for-profit, public/private life sciences industry association and economic development organization formed to actively promote, build, support, expand, and convene South Carolina's life sciences industry. The group is the official state affiliate of BIO—the US Biotechnology Innovation Organization.

Stephanie Yarbrough 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, Yarbrough was one of the local leaders the Times turned to for insight.

Brandy Davis focuses her practice on commercial lending, banking transactions and business and commercial transactions. She works with financial institutions and other corporate clients in syndicated and single-bank financing facilities, secured and unsecured credit facilities, and real estate finance transactions.

Laramie Paras advises hospitals, healthcare systems, and other providers on issues involving HIPAA Privacy and Security as well as the federal fraud and abuse laws. Prior to joining Womble Bond Dickinson, she was a physical therapist for over 10 years.

Stephanie Yarbrough