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Piefer Awarded Honors by UW

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JANESVILLE, Wis., Sept. 12, 2019 – SHINE Medical Technologies LLC today announced that its founder and CEO Greg Piefer has received the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Physics’ 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award.  The award is the highest honor presented to accomplished graduates of UW-Madison for their professional achievements, contributions to society and support of the university. This is the second professional award Piefer has received from UW. He earned the Early Career Award from the College of Engineering in 2015.

Greg Piefer standing with the Phoenix first production unit accelerator.

After receiving his bachelor’s degrees in physics and electrical/computer engineering, he earned his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering with a minor in medical physics. It was during this time that Piefer began to focus on commercializing the outcomes of his research on nuclear fusion to address major health care and other challenges.

In 2005, after completing his doctorate, Piefer founded and served as president of Phoenix Labs. While at Phoenix, he managed the development of accelerators capable of generating trillions of sub-atomic particles every second.

Piefer spun SHINE out from Phoenix in 2010. Today, SHINE has more than 110 employees in Janesville. The company broke ground for its medical isotope production facility there earlier in 2019. SHINE will use the Phoenix neutron generator at the production facility. The facility will be capable of producing one-third of the global need for molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), an isotope used in tens of thousands of heart stress tests, bone scans and other medical applications every day. Chronic global shortages of Mo-99 and other isotopes routinely and significantly affect the diagnosis and treatment of patients around the world.

SHINE has raised more than $300 million from investors, including Deerfield Management Co., and government sources.

“I am humbled to receive the 2019 distinguished alumni award from UW’s physics department, particularly because of the outstanding experience I had there as a student,” Piefer said. “I am privileged to lead a great team at SHINE. I look forward to continuing to work with them to commercialize the results of the work that has such deep roots in our great university.”

About Medical Isotopes

Medical isotopes are radioisotopes that are used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) is a radioisotope that decays into the diagnostic imaging agent technetium 99m (Tc-99m). The workhorse of nuclear medicine, Tc-99m is used in more than 40 million medical imaging procedures each year, primarily in stress tests to diagnose heart disease and to stage cases of cancer. SHINE was founded to deploy a safe, cost-effective and environmentally friendly technology to produce a variety of medical isotopes, including Mo‑99. Roughly one percent of all Mo-99 in the world decays every hour, meaning it must be produced continuously. Current production is limited to only a handful of government-owned nuclear research reactors, the majority of which are overseas.

About SHINE Technologies

Based in Janesville, Wisconsin, SHINE deploys its safe, cost-effective and environmentally friendly fusion technology in a stepwise approach. Its systems are used to inspect industrial components in aerospace, defense, energy and other sectors. SHINE’s proprietary medical isotope production processes create non-carrier-added lutetium-177 and are expected to create molybdenum-99. In the future, SHINE plans to scale its fusion technology to help solve one of energy’s toughest hurdles by recycling nuclear waste. Through a purpose-driven and phased approach, SHINE aims to generate fusion power to deliver clean, abundant energy that could transform life on Earth. Want to learn more about SHINE? Follow us on social media @shinefusion and sign up for our email newsletter to follow us on our journey!

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