Upstate companies Elastrin Therapeutics, Aconabolics, and Clemson Composites Center among 2021 InnoVision Award Winners

InnoVision Awards has been recognizing and supporting innovation in South Carolina through awards, forums, and networking since 1999. All of the 2021 finalists were showcased and winners were announced during the annual InnoVision Awards Celebration on November 9.

Two special award honorees were also celebrated: Dr. Martine LaBerge as the Dr. Charles Townes Individual Achievement Award Winner and The Richland Institute of Innovation (R2i2) Student Innovation Center and its team of students that developed and presented the COVID Contact Tracer for the 2021 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition as the recipient of the Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovator Award.

The Upstate region was very well represented during the InnoVision Awards Celebration. Three of the 6 winners are from the Upstate and are profiled below. The full list of winners from across the state is attached at the end.
• Elastrin Therapeutics, Inc. of Simpsonville won the Technology Development Award category. Elastrin Therapeutics, a Clemson University spin-off, is a South Carolina-based biotech firm developing novel therapies to reverse cardiovascular disease.
• Aconabolics, LLC of Greenville won the Small Enterprise category. Aconabolics, a Furman University spin-off, specializes in the development and synthesis
• Clemson University’s Clemson Composites Center in Greenville won the Sustainability award category. The Clemson Composites Center is a translational research, innovation, and development center focused on developing manufacturing innovations relevant for composites technologies.

You may learn more about these and other winning innovations by viewing the November 9 Awards Celebration at

The full list of 2021 InnoVision Award winners:
• Elastrin Therapeutics Inc. (Simpsonville) for Technology Development
• Camp Happy Days (Charleston) for Community Service
• Aconabolics, LLC (Greenville) for Small Enterprise
• Early College High School, Charleston County School District (Charleston) for Innovation in Education
• Diversey Holdings Ltd. (Fort Mill) for Technology Integration
• Clemson University Composites Center (Greenville) for Sustainability

The InnoVision Awards Celebration also showcased five Upstate companies and organizations who were among the finalists:
• Advoco: Connect for Good GVL of Greenville as a finalist in the Community Service category.
• United Way of the Piedmont, located in Spartanburg, as a finalist in the Community Service category.
• Dru Feeding System LLC of Travelers Rest as a finalist in the Small Enterprise category.
• Veterans ASCEND of Simpsonville as a finalist in the Small Enterprise category.
• SC Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) of Greenville as a finalist in the Education category.

Their videos can also be found at

InnoVision Awards, established in 1999, is South Carolina’s premier organization dedicated to the advancement of innovation and technology. InnoVision is the only organization of its kind – a grass-roots, volunteer-led non-profit made up of businesses, organizations, universities, and individuals dedicated to recognizing innovation in South Carolina. InnoVision honors innovation in products, services, and education from across the state, and recognize innovators for achievements in their respective fields. An InnoVision Award is the mark of distinction for outstanding leadership, innovation, and technological excellence. For more information, please visit and follow the organization on LinkedIn via

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