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490 Biotech’s Dan Close explains the startup’s autobioluminescent cell line creation.

Knoxville News Sentinel

Walking through the Fairview Technology Center, you wouldn’t know you’re approaching a laboratory until you’re standing in it.

The doors to every room in the former elementary school’s hallways look alike. If it weren’t for the sign that reads “490 Biotech” on the entrance to the old school cafeteria, you’d never guess the groundbreaking science happening inside. 

Lab equipment lines every wall of the Innov865 startup competition winner’s bespoke research lab. Four scientists mill about. Inside a small office sits Dan Close, who leads research and development for the startup’s bright invention. 

And bright is right, because 490 Biotech has developed the technology to make any cell glow.