State awards money to support technological solutions to fight opiates

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The first step in the state’s effort to find new innovations to fight the opiate crisis has been taken. Ten million was just awarded to seven projects in the works to become reality. One from a company here in Columbus, Sollis Therapeutics.

Their new approach to relieving sciatic nerve pain could eliminate a big need for opioids. Sciatica is a debilitating condition in the lower back that shoots pain down the legs. Sollis was able to reformulate an approved blood pressure medication, Clonodine. In pellet form, it can be injected epidurally.

“This actually blocks the signaling from one nerve to another,” said COO Bryan Jones. “You can prevent the pain signal from being transmitted to the brain.”

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Originally published December 8, 2017.

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