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Furman University professor-student partnership wins award

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio

Those familiar with the 1990s film series “Back to the Future'' know what a flux capacitor is, a fictional time machine enabler. Our next guest however, has developed research involving metabolic flux analysis that won them the most recent Innovision small business award. Mike Switzer interviews Greg Springsteen, professor of chemistry at Furman University in Greenville, SC and co-founder of Aconabolics, LLC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.