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Rigging of the Cyclone® 70 at the Institute of Basic Science in Korea

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 10:46

<p><span><span>When a 140 tons cyclotron has to be placed into its vault, it is always impressive ! It requires precision expertise and a close attention to every details. The IBA Cyclone® 70 MeV Cyclotron was successfully rigged by part before being reassembled in the vault of the Institute of Basic Science in Korea. It is now time to celebrate and congratulate all the people involved in this important project's milestone.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span><span>About the project</span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span>The Institute of Basic Science (IBS) is constructing equipment and facilities for the Rare isotope Accelerator complex for ON-line experiments (RAON). RAON is a large basic science research facility built around a heavy-ion accelerator. When completed, it will be a key pillar of the International Science and Business Belt (ISBB). This will be an optimal facility to produce and study new rare isotopes, so the global scientific community is closely following its progress. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>The Cyclone®70 will be one of the drivers of the RAON facility. Scientists have discovered approximately 3,000 isotopes to date, but they believe an additional 7,000 isotopes have yet to be discovered, presenting unlimited potential for rare isotope science. When the operation of RAON begins, new research opportunities will open up in various areas, such as research into the origin of elements, discovery of new rare isotopes and the study of their structure, and applied research in material and biomedical sciences.</span></span></p>
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IBA and NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Sign Contract for Rhodotron® Electron Beam Accelerator for Commercial Production of Therapeutic Radioisotope Actinium-225 (Ac-225)

Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, and BELOIT, Wis., USA November 18, 2021 – IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A., EURONEXT), the world leader in particle accelerator technology, and NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, LLC, (‘NorthStar’) a global innovator in the development, production and commercialization of radiopharmaceuticals used for therapeutic applications and medical imaging, today announced a new contract in which NorthStar will purchase a third Rhodotron® TT300 HE electron beam accelerator from IBA.&nbsp; The accelerator will be exclusively used for the production of no-carrier added (n.c.a.) actinium-225 (Ac-225), an important therapeutic radioisotope that is in highly limited supply and for which no commercial-scale production technology currently exists. NorthStar previously purchased two Rhodotron® accelerators from IBA for its newly completed molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production facility. “We look forward to continuing to work with IBA, who have shown extensive commercial expertise and excellent performance in delivering electron beam accelerators for our Mo-99 production expansion project,” said Stephen Merrick, President and Chief Executive Officer of NorthStar. “NorthStar is at the forefront of U.S. radioisotope production as the only commercialized producer of the diagnostic imaging radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). We are applying that same development expertise to rapidly advance large-scale availability of the therapeutic radioisotope Ac-225 for use in oncology and other indications, and we are excited about its potential in these disease areas.”&nbsp; &nbsp; Olivier Legrain, Chief Executive Officer of IBA commented, “We are delighted to sign this latest contract with NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes and to continue to deliver innovative solutions for reliable radioisotope supply. IBA’s Rhodotron® accelerators provide the most advanced electron accelerator technology in the world, and we are excited for the opportunity to create new therapeutic radioisotopes such as Ac-225. With its radiotheranostic capabilities, combining targeted diagnosis and therapy, we believe that this radioisotope has significant potential in the treatment of cancer.” &nbsp; The final stage of facility design is underway for NorthStar’s state-of-the-art Therapeutic Radioisotope production facility, which will be exclusively dedicated to Ac-225 production, with construction scheduled to begin in early 2022. Initial production of Ac-225 is planned for late 2023, and a Drug Master File will be submitted to the FDA in 2024. NorthStar’s proprietary process for the production of Ac-225 will use IBA’s Rhodotron® to enable commercial-scale n.c.a. Ac-225 production that is free of long-life radioactive by products associated with other production methods. &nbsp; &nbsp;
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