IBA launches evolutionary new cyclotron

IBA concentrates 30 years of experience and innovation in the new Cyclone® KIUBE that delivers outstanding performances.

- Increased production capacity
- Reduced radiopharmacy footprint

San Diego, United States, June 13th, 2016 - IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A., EURONEXT), the world’s leading provider of proton therapy and radiopharmacy solutions, today launches its new Cyclone® KIUBE at the 2016 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting in San Diego, California, United States.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging procedures play a critical role in medical care today and growing demand for radioisotopes means a greater need for efficiency. This new 18MeV cyclotron is more compact and powerful. It was developed with three keywords in mind, as defined with users: Reliability, High Performance and Flexibility.

The Cyclone® KIUBE* is a true evolutionary cyclotron meaning that production capacity can be increased step-by-step to reach 20 curie of 18F- in a two hour run. With a lower initial investment, hospitals will benefit from the Cyclone® KIUBE’s unique features while maintaining the ability to increase capacity over time.

With a small footprint of less than 100m² (1,070 square feet) and self-shielding option, IBA experts designed the world’s most optimized (c)GMP PET center.

“It has been demonstrated that 18 MeV is the optimal particle energy for the highest production of most of PET radioisotopes“ said Bruno Scutnaire, President of IBA RadioPharma Solutions, “The Cyclone® KIUBE is producing the widest range of PET radioisotopes and covers all the needs of PET radiopharmacies, including 68Ga* liquid (IBA process patented) and also made for production of SPECT 99mTc”.

The first unit of the Cyclone® KIUBE has been selected and successfully shipped at the University hospital of Brussels (UZ Brussel) in Belgium. The extension of their radiopharmacy is currently in installation phase.

IBA RadioPharma Solutions will be showcasing the Cyclone® KIUBE with a real size mock-up of the cyclotron and self-shielding at booth #1721 throughout the SNMMI congress. For more information about IBA’s new cyclotron, see: http://iba-cycloneoftechnology.com/ 

* Under patent application from IBA