Nordion to unveil innovative, flexible gamma sterilization system at IMRP

Leading-edge GammaFIT™ design offers affordability, scalability for global customers

OTTAWA, June 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Nordion Inc. (TSX: NDN) (NYSE: NDZ), a leading provider of products and services to the global health science market, today announced it will be unveiling details of its new Flexible Irradiation Technology (GammaFIT) modular irradiator system. The technical presentation of the design will take place at the 2011 International Meeting on Radiation Processing (IMRP), the biennial gathering for members of the International Irradiation Association.

With its commercial release to the market anticipated later this year, the GammaFIT system will be an industry innovation. This new system will deploy a modular design that provides end users the flexibility to add to and configure the irradiator to grow and change with their processing volume and needs. Using a single shield design, Nordion's gamma experts have created four configurations—research and development, tote, carrier and pallet—to serve a wide range of product sterilization needs, from medical devices to food to cosmetics.

"Nordion has been a world leader in gamma sterilization for more than 40 years, and our investment in this innovative new product demonstrates our continued strong commitment to this industry," said Peter Covitz, Nordion's Senior Vice President of Innovation. "Many smaller companies are discouraged from entering the sterilization business because of the large initial capital investment in equipment. We believe the GammaFIT is a more accessible product that can open up new markets for Nordion, particularly in Latin-America and Asia."

Nordion is proud to be the regional sponsor of IMRP 2011, which will host more than 400 delegates from around the world in Montreal, June 13-16. Nordion is hosting the Gala dinner and is organizing a tour for delegates at its state-of-the-art Canadian Irradiation Centre, located just north of Montreal in Laval, Quebec. Nordion staff will also give a series of presentations on various technical and business topics related to irradiation, including low-temperature irradiation, pharmaceutical product processing, lifecycle management for Cobalt-60, and new irradiator designs and emerging applications. Visit www.nordion.com/imrp for more information on Nordion's participation at IMRP 2011.

About gamma sterilization:

Gamma sterilization is commonly used to irradiate a wide range of products and materials, from fruit and spices to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. It works by exposing the product to radiation from a Cobalt-60 source for a predetermined period of time. This kills insect pests and reduces harmful bacteria such as Salmonella and E.coli.

About Nordion Inc. 

Nordion Inc. (TSX: NDN) (NYSE: NDZ) is a global specialty health science company that provides market-leading products used for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. We are a leading provider of medical isotopes, targeted therapies and sterilization technologies that benefit the lives of millions of people in more than 60 countries around the world. Our products are used daily by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical-device manufacturers, hospitals, clinics and research laboratories. Nordion has more than 500 highly skilled employees in three locations. Find out more at www.nordion.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute "forward-looking statements". These statements are based on current beliefs and assumptions of management, however are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this news release. For additional information with respect to certain of these beliefs, assumptions, risks and uncertainties, please refer to Nordion's Annual Information Form for fiscal 2010 available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR on www.sec.gov.

SOURCE Nordion Inc.

For further information:

MEDIA: 
Shelley Maclean
(613) 592-3400 x.2414
shelley.maclean@nordion.com

INVESTORS: 
Ana Raman
(613) 595-4580
investor.relations@nordion.com

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