–submitted by Larry Larrabee
On February 15th, our Rotary program was a presentation by Patrick O’Connell, Vice-President of Marketing and Communication for SHINE Technologies headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin, with a manufacturing facility in Fitchburg. SHINE is a startup company specializing in producing medical isotopes that are used to diagnose and treat various cancers and diseases.
Mr. O’Connell described the difference between fission and fusion, the latter being the process SHINE uses in manufacturing isotopes for both diagnostics and treatments. The company’s medium range goals include using fusion to process nuclear waste from nuclear power plants that would significantly reduce the amount requiring disposal.
If you missed our meeting this week, you can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpkN3PZYIn8&list=PLD8FIDQlj8al6JvWDHjRYyMuH637UAnM9.