TRIUMF Welcomes Federal Government's Forward Steps on Medical Isotopes

    VANCOUVER, May 29 /CNW/ - 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
    "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
    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."

    TRIUMF is Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics.
Physically located on the south campus of the University of British Columbia,
TRIUMF is owned and operated as a joint venture by a consortium of the
following Canadian universities, via a contribution through National Research
Council Canada and supported by the Province of British Columbia: University
of Alberta, University of British Columbia, Carleton University, University of
Manitoba, l'Université de Montréal, Simon Fraser University, University of
Toronto, and University of Victoria. In partnership with MDS Nordion's
Vancouver operations, TRIUMF helps produce 2.5 million patient doses of
medical isotopes per year using cyclotron particle accelerators. See

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For further information: MEDIA CONTACTS: TRIUMF, Timothy I. Meyer, Head,
Strategic Planning and Communications, TRIUMF, Tel: (604) 222-7674, Cell:
(650) 464-8955, E-mail:

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