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KIYATEC, Inc. Expanding Operations In Greenville County

Dec 14, 2021 11:56AM ● By David Dykes
KIYATEC, Inc. on Dec. 14, 2021, announced plans to expand operations in Greenville County. The $5 million investment will create 91 jobs, according to the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Founded in 2005, KIYATEC, Inc. is a commercial stage cancer diagnostics company born from technology developed at Clemson University, creating transformative solutions for cancer patients using functional precision oncology.

KIYATEC, Inc. recently launched its first commercial assay 3D Predict Glioma for use in glioblastoma (commonly known as GBM) and other brain cancer patient care.
The company established its Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified laboratory and began clinical studies in 2015, developing proprietary “ex vivo” 3D cell culture technology platforms to accurately model and predict patient-specific response to approved and investigational cancer drugs targeting a spectrum of solid tumors.
Located at 2 N. Main St. in Greenville, KIYATEC, Inc.’s downtown facility will allow the company to expand its existing clinical testing operations and drug development services which are co-located with the Cancer Institute at nearby Prisma Health’s Memorial Campus, Commerce officials said.

The new facility will be the anchor tenant of the city of Greenville’s new Innovation District.
The new offices are expected to be operational by January 2022 and the CLIA-certified laboratory by April 2022.

“Securing testing capacity to bring our testing to thousands, then tens of thousands of cancer patients is a business decision that positions us to win and increases our competitive advantage," said KIYATEC CEO Matt Gevaert. "As a Greenville-based life sciences company, KIYATEC benefits from all this area has to offer including its highly-educated labor force, excellent quality of life for our employees, competitive cost profile and business-friendly environment."
“When KIYATEC founder Matt Gevaert came to the Upstate from Canada 25 years ago to study at Clemson, he didn’t expect to stay," said Greenville Mayor Knox White. "But like so many successful founders, he discovered you can take an idea from clinical trial to market implementation in Greenville. Our ecosystem supports entrepreneurs."