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NNSA Supports the Domestic Production of Moly-99 Without HEU

May 8th, 2012 | Filed under: Press Release

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) announced today the signing of a cooperative agreement with the Morgridge Institute for Research (Morgridge) to further the development of accelerator-based technology to produce molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) in the United States without the use of proliferation-sensitive highly enriched uranium (HEU).

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Janesville Lands SHINE Medical Plant

January 25th, 2012 | Filed under: News

Shine Medical Technologies, a Middleton-based company dedicated to being the world leader in safe, clean, affordable production of medical isotopes and cancer treatment elements, announced today it intends to build a new manufacturing plant in Janesville.

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A Collective Effort to Help Madison Start-up Company SHINE

September 11th, 2011 | Filed under: News

The Wisconsin Idea is a concept that has been a profound piece of the UW-Madison character for over a century, and is especially evident in the College of Engineering. It is the notion that education should extend beyond the borders of campus. Students, faculty and staff embrace the Wisconsin Idea daily through activities and studies that impact people across the state, country and world.

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Madison Companies Win Federal Grants to Produce Substance for Heart Care

October 10th, 2010 | Filed under: News

Wisconsin may be the only state in the United States that makes technetium-99m, an isotope that is vital for cancer diagnosis and cardiac stress test. This isotope can be used in tens of thousands of patients every day but unfortunately, it is currently facing short supply around the world.

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Madison Company Seeks Piece of Isotope Market

March 28th, 2010 | Filed under: News

When he founded Phoenix Nuclear Labs LLC five years ago, Greg Piefer wanted to do something simple – like detect nuclear weapons. But a worldwide shortage of a radioactive isotope used in medical imaging tests has drawn the 33-year-old nuclear engineer to a more complicated task.

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PNL President Named One of Wisconsin’s Top 40 Executives Under 40

March 11th, 2010 | Filed under: News

For 33-year-old Greg Piefer, president of Phoenix Nuclear Labs, it’s heady stuff to manage a young company that’s developing nuclear technology for applications in health care, homeland security, and aviation. He’s always been fascinated by science, but his passion for nuclear fusion began with a UW-Madison class taught by Apollo astronaut Harrison Schmitt, an adjunct professor of engineering, and Gerald Kulcinski, a professor of nuclear engineering.

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Neutrons for Military and Medical Imaging

September 21st, 2009 | Filed under: News

A huge cannon shell or mortar is supposed to explode on target, not as it leaves its barrel. But if its explosive charge isn’t situated in just the right spot, the weapon could detonate at firing — wounding troops or worse. The problem: Quality control — confirming the correct positioning of a charge after a shell has been manufactured — remains challenging at best. Munitions makers would like to have the equivalent of X-rays to peer inside and confirm a charge is where it belongs.

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Madison Firms Vie for NASA Technology Programs

November 21st, 2005 | Filed under: News

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has approved the negotiating of contracts with three Madison firms among 340 firms vying for work under Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer research proposals. The small business innovative (SBIR) projects have a total value of approximately $21 million; technology transfer (STTR) projects have a total value of approximately $4 million.

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