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Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy Receives Key to the City of Columbia

December 20, 2021

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. – Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin today honored Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation CEO Lou Kennedy with the Key to the City. The mayor made the presentation during Kennedy’s appearance at the Columbia Rotary Club.


“Mayor Benjamin is a good friend, and, more importantly, he has been a great leader for the Midlands,” said Kennedy. “Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Benjamin, growth in Columbia, and around the region, has turned heads and caught the eye of businesses just like ours. That is one of the many reasons we moved from Florida. I could not be more proud for Nephron to be part of the Midlands family, and to have been able to join it during Mayor Benjamin’s service. I thank him and wish him well as he transitions to the next chapter.”

A West Columbia, S.C.-based company, Nephron develops and produces safe, affordable generic inhalation solutions and suspension products. The company also operates an industry-leading 503B Outsourcing Facility division which produces pre-filled sterile syringes, luer-lock vials, IV bottles and IV bags for hospitals across America, in an effort to alleviate drug shortage needs. 

Nephron launched a CLIA-certified diagnostics lab last year where it tests people for COVID-19 and administers vaccinations. In July, Nephron announced the opening of Nephron Nitrile, a plant that will produce American-made, medical-grade nitrile gloves.

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