[News-releases] TRIUMF Welcomes Federal Government's Forward Steps on Medical Isotopes

Tim Meyer tmeyer at triumf.ca
Fri May 29 11:07:33 PDT 2009


For Immediate Release 						Friday 29
May 2009

TRIUMF WELCOMES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S FORWARD STEPS ON MEDICAL ISOTOPES

(Vancouver, B.C.) - Yesterday, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources Lisa
Raitt and Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq announced the Government's plan
to establish an Expert Review Panel for Long-Term Isotope Supply Solutions.
TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics,
supports these steps and looks forward to contributing to the process.  

"This is good for Canada," said TRIUMF director Nigel S. Lockyer.  "I am
pleased that the Government is taking ownership of the medical-isotope
situation.  Historically, Canada has been a global leader in this business
and these steps will help ensure the future of Canadian healthcare and
Canada's position in the world market."  

TRIUMF and MDS Nordion announced a partnership agreement in April 28, 2009,
to study the feasibility of producing a viable and reliable supply of
molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) using linear accelerators through a process known as
photo-fission.  The team will pool expertise, infrastructure, and resources
to collaboratively develop a commercialization plan, which will include an
operational plan, business model and time lines.  A demonstration of the
technology in 2012 would provide validation and open the door to
commercialization. 

Lockyer added, "As a prestigious group of broad experts, the Expert Review
Panel will be able to identify the best options for the country.  We look
forward to the opportunity to submit a competitive proposal and we expect
other strong proposals to come forward as well." 

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Timothy I. Meyer, Ph.D.
Head, Strategic Planning and Communications
TRIUMF
4004 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 2A3
Tel: 604-222-7674
Cell: 650-464-8955
E-mail: tmeyer at triumf.ca
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