New Partnership Seeks to Strengthen Fragile Medical Isotope Supply Chain
OTTAWA, June 15 /CNW/ - MDS Nordion, a leading global provider of medical
isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals used in molecular medicine, today announced
that the Company and the Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry in Moscow,
Russia, have agreed to study the feasibility of the Karpov Institute providing
the Company with a viable and reliable supply of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) for the
global nuclear medicine market.
MDS Nordion and the Karpov Institute have agreed to combine their
respective expertise and resources to explore the development of a
commercialization plan to address a portion of the need for a long-term supply
"This collaboration is a critical component of MDS Nordion's larger
strategy to help secure an additional and reliable supply of medical isotopes
for the global nuclear medicine community," said Steve West, President of MDS
Nordion. "We are working actively to develop partnerships that seek to provide
a flexible, reliable and responsive medical-isotope solution while
strengthening a fragile supply chain."
Together, MDS Nordion and the Karpov Institute have strong technical and
operational expertise. MDS Nordion has substantial technical and marketing
knowledge; the Karpov Institute brings substantial nuclear infrastructure and
expertise in physics and reactor operations.
"Business co-operation with MDS Nordion meets our strategic objective of
increasing Mo-99 production and entering the Western markets," said Dr. Alexey
Alyakin, PhD, Director General of the Karpov Institute. "The demand for
domestic supply is fully covered. We believe that this study provides us with
a great opportunity to approach the global market."
About the Karpov Institute
The Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry is classified as a State
Scientific Centre, which has been involved in basic and applied research in
the area of physical chemistry for more than 90 years. Production of medical
isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals using the capabilities of the WWR-c research
reactor is one of the most important multi-directional activities currently
developed at our Institute. The Karpov Institute is the main supplier (90%) of
Mo-99 and Tc-99m generators to the domestic Russian market. Our products are
delivered weekly to more than 200 clinics throughout Russia.
About MDS Nordion
MDS Nordion, a business unit of MDS Inc., is a global leader in providing
medical isotopes for molecular and diagnostic imaging, radiotherapeutics and
sterilization technologies for medical products that benefit the lives of
millions of people in more than 50 countries around the world. MDS Nordion's
products and services are used on a daily basis by pharmaceutical and
biotechnology companies, medical-device manufacturers, hospitals, clinics and
research laboratories. Find out more at www.mdsnordion.com
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provides market-leading products and services that our customers need for the
development of drugs, and the diagnosis and treatment of disease. We are a
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