Executive Bios

Scotty Branch
Managing Partner, KOR Medical
Co-Founder, Vikor Scientific

Scotty Branch has been an executive, entrepreneur and founder for multiple organizations from the corporate pharmaceutical world to the diagnostics and laboratory industry. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he held multiple positions with large pharmaceutical companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and Roche. These positions ranged from sales representation to corporate management. As a Co-Founder of Vikor Scientific, he strategically manages the business relations of Vikor, which includes leadership of the National Sales Division and Area Vice Presidents, C-Suite relationships with healthcare institutions and commercial partners, payor relations, and other facets of the business growth, including the new WestEdge life sciences innovation project in Charleston, SC’s medical innovation district. Branch also spearheads business strategies for Vikor’s growing portfolio of companies as a Board member and Managing Partner of Constant Companion, an online home care management firm, and as a Board member of California-based QuantGene which is innovating liquid biopsy technology in the field of early cancer detection. Scotty is also a Managing Partner of KOR Medical, and has been instrumental in the launch of Vikor’s newest portfolio company. He is a Mississippi native that lives in Charleston, South Carolina, which is the global headquarters for Vikor Scientific.

Shea Harrelson

Shea Harrelson, PA-C
Managing Partner, KOR Medical
Co-Founder, Vikor Scientific

Shea Harrelson is an experienced clinician and entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the medical and biotech industry. After graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina with her Physician Assistant degree, she practiced in the field of Cardiology for nine years. She then joined St. Jude Medical where she specialized in the Cardiac Rhythm Management Division. Shea began her entrepreneurial career in 2013 with building a national sales commercialization, and worked with several start-up companies to bring new diagnostic products to market. While always passionate about the medical field, Shea is specifically driven to develop modalities to help combat the global epidemic of antibiotic resistance, which led her to Vikor Scientific. In addition to many other roles, Shea manages the internal operations, employees and resources of Vikor and is a Managing Partner of KOR Medical. She also spearheads development and operational strategies for a newly acquired pathology lab in Tampa, Florida, as well as a Vikor laboratory facility in Philadelphia. Harrelson is a native South Carolinian that resides in Charleston, SC – global headquarters for Vikor Scientific.

Sam Konduros
President and CEO, KOR Medical
Member, Vikor Scientific Board of Directors

Konduros, a licensed attorney and graduate of Clemson University and The University of South Carolina School of Law, was named President & Chief Executive Officer of KOR Medical in April 2021 by Vikor Scientific’s co-founders, Scotty Branch and Shea Harrelson, and was also appointed to the Vikor Scientific Board of Directors to strategically support the firm’s multi-company portfolio. KOR Medical is Vikor’s newest healthcare innovation company, focused on establishing a new industry standard in the rapidly growing clinical cannabis arena with plans to scale rapidly over the next 3 years. Prior to his new role, Konduros served as President/CEO of SCBIO, a statewide life sciences economic development organization and industry association charged with building, advancing, and innovating SC’s fastest growing $12B+ industry, comprised of more than 700 firms. Under Konduros’ leadership, the organization quadrupled revenue from 2017 to 2021, and became a prominent force in the Palmetto State and beyond. Prior to SCBIO, Sam served as Executive Director of the Greenville Health Research Development Corporation as part of a 12-year affiliation with the Greenville Health System in various strategic roles, and was the founding President/CEO of Upstate SC Alliance following other leadership positions with the SC Department of Commerce and Germany-based Alfmeier Corporation. He is also the founder and principal of SK Strategies, LLC – a consulting firm specializing in economic development, innovation, public-private partnerships, integrated marketing and business development strategies. Konduros currently serves on the SC Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee & Board, South State Bank Greenville Advisory Board, and Palmetto Conservation Foundation Board. He is the past board chair of the Cancer Society of Greenville County, past board vice chair of the Upstate SC Red Cross, has been designated as a Knowledge Economist by the SC Research Authority, and was awarded The Order of the Palmetto in 2018 by Governor Henry McMaster – SC’s highest civilian award.

Joseph Strauss
Vice President, KOR Medical

Joseph Strauss’s entrepreneurial career started with the political arena and evolved to cannabis. Following his collegiate years, he was based in Washington, D.C. where he worked in legislative politics and campaign management for five years. He is a proven entrepreneur in numerous business segments ranging from international trade to real estate to a successful exit as a principal in a startup that provided computer processing and data preparation services. Joseph’s in-depth experience, research and exploration into the cannabis industry began in 2009 in Humboldt, California and has grown and evolved over more than a decade into various cannabis related endeavors including genetics, manufacturing, marketing, licensing, and regulatory compliance. In addition to his time in California, Strauss’s immersive experience in the industry has also encompassed corporate roles in Oregon, Colorado and Florida. Joseph is also a member of the US Capitol Historical Society and the National Space Society.

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