The starting material for technetium-99m (Tc-99m) generators. Tc-99m is perhaps the most important isotope in nuclear medicine. Doctors and hospitals use it to diagnose life-threatening diseases, such as cancer. Some 49 million nuclear drug investigations are conducted annually, and Tc-99m is used in more than 80% of these treatments.
The largest supplier of radioactive lutetium-177 worldwide. For the treatment of prostate cancer and neuroendocrine tumors.
The largest area of application of iridium-192 is gynecology, for example for the treatment of cervical cancer.
Producing medical isotopes using only low enriched uranium? After a challenging design process, Curium and NRG are the first in Europe to produce molybdenum-99 with low enriched uranium. Recognizing the commitments made during the Nuclear Summit 2014, to phase out high enriched uranium (HEU) based medical isotopes.
In 2017, there was suddenly a worldwide shortage of iodine-125, used for brachytherapy for prostate cancer, because one of the large producers was temporarily shut down. McMaster & NRG joined forces for global supply.
A complex project has been brought to a successful conclusion: the development and installation of a production process for xenon-133 gas.
FIELD-LAB is a partnership that aims to convert knowledge into new medical solutions. The aim is to accelerate the process from development to the production of nuclear therapies for cancer patients.
NRG Advancing Nuclear Medicine cares for the well-being of people worldwide. Especially for their health. We wish people to live longer, be more vital and feel happier. We believe everybody should have access to advanced treatments. New highly targeted treatments will cause less side effects and improve the quality of life.
We provide solutions to advance nuclear medicine ranging from complete irradiation services for medical isotope production, to access to R&D resources & commercial processing.
Already in 2001, NRG supported the development of Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy with carrier added Lutetium-177 (Lu-177 c.a.) by the supply of Lutetium-177 trichloride as a radiochemical. Nowadays, Lu-177 no carrier added is preferably used. “Lu-177 n.c.a. has a higher specific activity and thus radiolabeling efficiency, than lu-177 c.a.”, according to Marion Chomet, lead scientist at FIELD-LAB. Chomet and her colleagues are now fine-tuning and finalizing their custom made lutetium-177 n.c.a. process. But there are several challenges and practical considerations that they are facing.
It is game on for actinium-225 and lead-212. These two alpha-emitters can treat the same cancer and they are center stage in several researches around the world. However, only one can be the winner and conquer the market. What are the differences between these two powerhouses and which one is more likely to take the prize.