Nashville-based IQuity — which analyzes RNA data to develop tools that help physicians diagnose autoimmune diseases — has received a $150,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Small Business Innovation Research program.

The grant will help fund IQuity’s ongoing research into long non-coding RNAs and their usefulness in distinguishing fibromyalgia from rheumatic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, according to a release.

IQuity CEO Dr. Chase Spurlock and Chief Science Officer Dr. Thomas Aune bill themselves as among the first researchers to probe a potential link between gene expression in lncRNAs and the presence of autoimmune diseases.

“We took a ‘guilt by association’ approach,” Spurlock said in the release. “We were intrigued by the close proximity of lncRNAs to genes that had been studied for a long time and were very important.”

IQuity launched in early 2016, leveraging Vanderbilt University intellectual property to get operational.

Saint Thomas opens care center in Brentwood

Saint Thomas Medical Partners has opened a full-service care center in Brentwood.

The new care center will offer primary care and integrative medicine, on-site lab testing, radiology imaging services and ExpressCare, according to a release.

“As we expand the Saint Thomas Health community, we are focusing on opportunities to bring more care services closer to the homes of our patients,” Karen Springer, STH president and CEO, said in the release. “We are excited to improve access to holistic, faith-based care in this community.”

The Brentwood center is the first of a network of locations planned to be developed in the next 12 to 18 months by Saint Thomas Medical Partners in the Middle Tennessee area.

Saint Thomas Medical Partners is a physician-led medical group with more than 500 providers at nearly 100 locations serving patients in 28 specialties in communities throughout Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.

Saint Thomas Health is affiliated with Ascension.

Hutton Hotel teams with Bags to launch check-in service

Hutton Hotel has announces a partnership with Bags, an Orlando-based provider of multi-airline remote check-in and delivery service.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed in a release.

Hutton is billing itself as the only hotel in Nashville to offer the guest amenity, called Remote Airline Check-In.

The service allows Hutton Hotel guests flying from Nashville International Airport to check their luggage, check in for their flight and print boarding passes from the Midtown hotel, avoiding check-in lines at the airport. Guests can also pre-register online by 9 p.m. the day before their flight for faster check-in.

“[Bags] innovative platform goes hand-in-hand with what we really want to accomplish at Hutton and that is truly anticipating our guests’ needs and remaining a step ahead in providing personalized service,” Jonathan Bartlett, general manager at Hutton Hotel, said in the release.

Remote Airline Check-In is complimentary to all hotel guests and $15 for non-guest passengers who wish to use the service at Hutton Hotel.

It is available for passengers flying Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.

Guests must check in at least three hours before their flights, present a government-issued ID, and use a major credit card for payment of any airline baggage fees.

Airline baggage fees still apply and can be paid at the same time as Remote Airline Check-In

The service is available daily from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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