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December 07, 2023 | Tom Ballard

UT Research Foundation honors start-ups, licensees, and patent holders

UT, Knoxville Researcher Dr. Yilu Liu took top honors in terms of the number of issued patents on which she was named with seven.

In addition to inducting Dr. Alan Solomon into its Hall of Fame on Thursday (see today’s feature post), the University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) also recognized four UTRF-related start-ups, seven technologies that have been licensed to other companies, and 37 patents issued in the past year.

The start-ups are:

  • Orion Therapeutics Inc., a Knoxville biotechnology company co-founded by Dr. Deidra Mountain and Dr. Richard “Trey” Fisher;
  • BASEwise Solutions, another Knoxville-based company, founded by Dr. Bode Olukolu and focused on quantitative genotyping and metagenome profiling;
  • Vitriform 3D, co-founded by Dr. Alex Stiles and Dr. Dustin Gilmer and focused on harnessing glass waste with a patent-pending method to 3D print synthetic stone from 95 percent recycled glass; and
  • Oak Ridge Therapeutic Discovery, founded by Dr. Jeremy Smith and focused on structure-based High Performance Computing (HPC)-driven drug screening and assay development.

UT, Knoxville (UTK) Researcher Dr. Yilu Liu took top honors in terms of the number of issued patents on which she was named with seven, followed by three other UTK faculty members – Dr. Charles Melcher with five and Dr. Merry Koschan and Dr. Dayakar Penumadu with four each.


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