BELOIT, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, LLC, a global innovator in the production and distribution of radioisotopes used for medical imaging, today announced a corporate update highlighting the continued commercial progress of its RadioGenix® System (technetium Tc 99m generator). NorthStar’s RadioGenix System is an innovative, high tech radioisotope separation platform indicated for use in producing the widely used medical radioisotope Tc-99m from non-uranium based molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). Since becoming commercially available in 2018, NorthStar has provided RadioGenix System customers with reliable Mo-99 production and supply, despite ongoing industry supply shortages incurred with legacy, uranium-based production methods. NorthStar also announced progress in its multi-pronged expansion efforts to ensure a reliable, domestically produced Mo-99 supply for the U.S. healthcare system, an expanded product portfolio and deployment of its technological expertise in scaling up commercial production for therapeutic radioisotopes copper-67 (Cu-67) and actinium (Ac-225).
“Since the RadioGenix System became commercially available in 2018, NorthStar has demonstrated strong, consistent progress in advancing our plans to ensure reliable, non-uranium based radioisotope supply for the United States,” said Steve Merrick, President and CEO of NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes. “During the past 16 months and despite disruptive supply shortages from other Mo-99 producers, NorthStar’s RadioGenix System customers have experienced reliable Mo-99 supply, enabling U.S. healthcare providers and their patients to have ready access to medically important Tc-99m diagnostic imaging studies, on time and when they need them. Recent FDA approval of two state-of-the-art filling lines at our Columbia, Mo. facility substantially increases our Mo-99 production efficiencies in filling Mo-99 source vessels that we provide to our customers. In line with our multi-pronged strategy to deploy dual Mo-99 processing hubs in Columbia and Beloit, Wis., we have completed construction of the isotope processing facility in Beloit. Upon completion of equipment installation and qualification, appropriate licensure and FDA approval, the isotope processing facility will augment current processing in Columbia, Mo. and provide dual production hubs for source vessels used by radiopharmacies having RadioGenix Systems. We would like to recognize the support that our partners at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR®), with whom we jointly produce Mo-99 in Columbia, Mo., continue to provide to NorthStar. Construction of NorthStar’s electron accelerator facility expansion in Beloit is well underway, with the first pair of accelerators being built in Belgium and planned for installation in Q4 2020. The accelerators will be used to convert Mo-100 to medically useful Mo-99, which will be processed in the adjacent isotope processing facility. This will enhance production efficiencies and complete the creation of dual manufacturing operations to further secure reliable, non-uranium based Mo-99 radioisotope supply for U.S. customers and patients.”
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