Tag Archives: Research

ProNova Solutions groundbreaking at Pellissippi Place


Knoxville medical sciences company ProNova Solutions will break ground Tuesday, Aug. 13, on a $52 million development in Pellissippi Place research and development park in Blount County.
The company previously announced the project would include an office and research building with an assembly and test area initially supporting 35 employees and growing to 110 by 2015.
Pronova is developing equipment for proton therapy, a form of cancer treatment that reduces collateral tissue damage, side effects and treatment costs compared to conventional radiation therapy.
The company will be the first tenant in Pellissippi Place and eventually expects to employ more than 500.
The groundbreaking is at 10:30 a.m. at the entrance to Pellissippi Place, 3007 Old Knoxville Highway in Maryville.
Pellissippi Place is a joint project of Knox and Blount counties and the cities of Alcoa and Maryville.
Two years ago this month, the R&D park was officially opened with a “lighting of the park” ceremony attended by some 200 business and political leaders from the Knoxville region.
Click here for more on Pellissippi Place.
Click here for more on ProNova Solutions.

Drug makers pay big money to East Tennessee docs

Dozens of East Tennessee doctors have received millions of dollars in fees from major drug
Earns Eli Lilly.JPGcompanies in recent years, according to an updated report by the ProPublica public interest website.

Some East Tennessee doctors each were paid $50,000 to $100,000 by AstraZeneca, Cephalon, Eli Lilly, Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies, according to the “Dollars for Docs” update published Wednesday. A total of more than $20 million went to doctors throughout Tennessee from 2009 to 2011.

Payments include speaking and consulting fees, research, travel and meal costs.

Is your doctor on the list?

Continue reading

Brookings: Manufacturing isn’t dead but it needs help

Manufacturing has suffered severe job losses since 2000, but it remains critical to the economy of some states, including Tennessee, according to a think tank report released today.

The report calls on states to rethink their economic development policies and to invest in “advanced manufacturing centers” that would provide research and education services for manufacturers.

“America’s manufacturing sector must be reinvigorated in order to build a healthy economy, and the nation’s states and metropolitan areas are strongly positioned to be the vanguard for this effort,” according to a report from the Brookings Institution.

Continue reading