The current and devastating opioid crisis has led some to call for the elimination, or at the very least reduction, in opioid prescriptions. Yet, without an alternative treatment method, doctors cannot afford to lose this critical tool in the fight against chronic pain and more. A group of researchers and inventors at the University of Arizona believe they have this missing replacement for opioids — a non-addictive pain relief drug. The road to their discovery began in a laboratory at the Indiana University School of Medicine when then-associate professor Rajesh Khanna stumbled upon a drug that interacted with the protein he had been studying. The protein, he discovered, played a role in regulating the body’s pain response. After arriving at the UA, Khanna, now a professor of pharmacology and neuroscience in the College of Medicine, teamed up with his wife, May Khanna, assistant professor of pharmacology and a member of the Center for Innovation and Brain Science, and Vijay Gokhale, senior research scientist at the BIO5 Institute, to found a company, Regulonix, with the help of Tech Launch Arizona. “Chronic pain is a big problem, and the opioid crisis that is facing the nation is really coming to the forefront… Read full this story
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