UTRF Inventor Spotlight: Dr. Andy Pulte

UTIA researcher practices ‘slowest performing art,’ introducing new varieties of hardy hibiscus. A University of Tennessee researcher and self-described equal opportunity plant lover has spent the better part of the last decade breeding new varieties of hardy hibiscus plants. “Plant breeding is kind of like creative gambling,” jokes Andy Pulte, Distinguished Lecturer and Director in… Read More

We’re Hiring – UTRF Marketing Coordinator

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation provides technology transfer for the University of Tennessee and assists the University of Tennessee in cultivating an environment inclusive of scientific and entrepreneurial excellence. Through offices in Knoxville and Memphis, UTRF connects UT’s research community to industry and startups by strategically evaluating, protecting, and licensing technology. Job Functions/Responsibilities Marketing… Read More

UTRF Startup Uses Audio Analytics to Predict Future Gastrointestinal Impairment

Gastrointestinal impairment (GII) is acute paralysis of the GI tract beginning two to seven days after major abdominal surgery. Around 25 percent of patients develop GII due to postoperative ileus (POI), a small bowel blockage or another postoperative complication. GII puts patients at risk and leads to readmission rates exceeding 20 percent following surgery. One… Read More