South Carolina Opens Doors to the Worldwide Marketplace


Export opportunities suddenly and unexpectedly opened for Columbia, South Carolina-based Bridge to Life, distributor of its own line of preservation solutions for organ transplants, when a competitor had to recall its similar solutions.

“The market opened and we were one of the companies that tried to fill that gap,” says Aaron Gilchrist, global director of sales at Bridge to Life. “We went from being a predominantly domestic company with some international sales to going global nearly overnight. We had to move quickly but we continue to fair well due to a great deal of hard work and a lot of help, too.”

That included help from the U.S. and South Carolina Departments of Commerce in a number of ways, including obtaining international marketing assistance, receiving recommendations for translating labels, packaging and documents into local languages, and even “introducing us to individuals with the know-how of navigating the regulatory landscape in several countries in Europe and beyond.”


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