Obetech, LLC was founded in 2004 by Dr. Richard Atkinson in Richmond, Virginia, to develop the technology surrounding Adv36, the obesity virus. The research supporting the creation of Obetech was done while Dr. Atkinson was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Adv36 is a human adenovirus, a type of common cold virus. Much research has been published in animals and humans relating Adv36 to obesity and its complications and determining the mechanisms by which the virus works.

Obetech has a team of scientists and laboratory professionals who can perform testing for Adv36 in both humans and animals. We perform tests to determine if an individual or animal has been exposed to Adv36. We work with consumers, physicians, hospitals,scientists or companies to perform the Adv36 lab tests. Obetech offers testing services for companies who wish to determine if drugs or other compounds are effective as antiviral agents.

Finally, Obetech can assist scientists and companies by a variety of molecular biology services including virology, tissue culture, cloning, protein expression and purification, and gene expression analyses.

Richard L. Atkinson, M.D.; President

Dr. Atkinson

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Dr. Atkinson graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and the Medical College of Virginia. He had Internal Medicine residency and fellowship training in Endocrinology-Metabolism at UCLA Harbor General Hospital, Torrance, California and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has held medical school faculty appointments including the University of Virginia; University of California, Davis; Eastern Virginia Medical School; and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently Dr. Atkinson is Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Clinical Professor of Pathology, Virginia Commonwealth University; and Visiting Professor of Molecular Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. He is the Editor of the International Journal of Obesity.

He is Editor of the International Journal of Obesity, Past President and Co-Founder of the American Obesity Association (AOA), Past-President of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO), and Past-President of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition (ASCN). NAASO-The Obesity Society established the annual Richard Atkinson-Judith Stern Public Service Award in 2006 to honor his service to the field of obesity.

Dr. Atkinson served as Chair of the Nutrition Study Section for the National Institutes of Health and Chair of the Sub-committee on Military Weight Management for the National Academy of Sciences. He has been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health, National Academy of Sciences, US Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, and more than 30 companies and non-profit foundations. Dr. Atkinson has published more than 175 manuscripts and more than 200 abstracts in the medical literature.

Jia He, Ph.D.; Director, Obetech Laboratory, Obetech Obesity Research Center:

Dr. He graduated from Sichuan University, Chengdu, China with a degree in Microbiology. She obtained a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Dr. He worked in the Sichuan Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, China, isolating and identifying microbial contaminants from exported or imported agricultural and cosmetic products and from drugs. She worked at Rongsheng Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd, Chengdu, China, on Rubella vaccine and other infectious agents.

Zendra Pei-Lun Lee, Ph.D. ; Director, Obetech Cancer Biology Laboratory, Obetech Obesity Research Center:

Dr. Lee graduated from National Chen Kung University (Taiwan) and became a certified Medical Laboratory Technician in Taiwan. She obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, where she worked in the field of Cancer Biology. She has published multiple papers in the scientific literature.

Susan I. Ward; Laboratory Specialist, Obetech Obesity Research Center:

Susan Ward graduated from the University of Kansas and worked for more than 20 years as a Laboratory Specialist in the Department of Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, before coming to Obetech.

Monica Gaidhane, M.D., M.P.H.; Research Fellow, Obetech Obesity Research Center