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UT Technology to Help Detect Deadly Disease

February 20, 2012

KNOXVILLE – A group of researchers at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville has created technology that provides non-invasive detection of amyloidosis, a disease known to occur in Type 2 diabetes, myeloma, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s and other fatal or debilitating diseases. Currently there is no detection for amyloidosis available in the U.S., and the median survival rate is four years.

The technology uses Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) imaging to provide whole-body visualization of amyloidosis.

The imaging technology led to the creation of Solex LLC,  a new UT startup company. The University of Tennessee Research Foundation recently entered into a license agreement with Solex, to help commercialize the technology.

Solex developers from the UT Graduate School of Medicine include Jonathan Wall, Ph.D., Stephen Kennel, Ph.D., Emily Martin, B.S., Tina Richey, M.S., and Alan Stuckey, B.A., CNMT. 

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The University of Tennessee Research Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 organization that provides the commercialization of University of Tennessee technologies, helping UT inventors turn their ideas and discoveries into products and services that benefit society. UTRF supports university research, entrepreneurship, and state and regional economic development. With offices in Knoxville and Memphis, UTRF serves all of UT’s statewide campuses and institutes. For more information, visit http://utrf.tennessee.edu.

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Contacts:
 
Jonathan Wall, jwall3@uthsc.edu, (865) 305-8497

Susan Stewart, susans@tennessee.edu, (865) 974-9559