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Clemson Research Offers Financial Relief for Diabetics

If you are a diabetic, you know that blood sugar test-strips cost about a dollar each.  Our next guest is a student at Clemson University who says her research team has developed a process to bring the retail price of these down to five cents.  And she has attracted $500,000 from local investors.

Mike Switzer interviews doctoral student Kayla Gainey, chief technology officer for Accessible Diagnostics, currently based at Clemson University. 

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.