Nephron's Lou Kennedy Named Health Care Entrepreneur of the Year

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Ernst & Young (EY) honored Nephron Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Lou Kennedy as Health Care Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southeast on Thursday during a gala at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta. Kennedy, who is Chairman of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and of SCBIO, and a nationwide leader in health care, will now compete for the EY national entrepreneur of the year award in November.

"I am grateful that EY recognizes the hard work our team does every day to deliver safe, effective and affordable drugs to patients, focusing on opiod-free pain treatment," said Kennedy. "As president of a global leader in life-saving drug manufacturing, I hope this award serves as a reminder that women are leading the fight to improve lives across the country and world, and at Nephron, like so many women-owned businesses, we are just getting started."

Business leaders consider the EY entrepreneur of the year award to be one of the highest professional honors a business owner can earn. The award identifies leaders of fast-growth companies who are making a difference for their communities and beyond through innovation. 

Nephron is a certified woman-owned business, as recognized by the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC), the first certifier of Women Business Enterprises. The certification gives Nephron enhanced visibility and a competitive edge.

The Nephron workforce is forty-four percent women, holding the majority of all advanced degrees at the company. Additionally, women hold key management roles in various departments throughout Nephron, such as Quality Assurance, Chemistry and Microbiology, Regulatory Compliance, Human Resources, Training, R&D Engineering, and Product Development.