RadioGenixThe commercial model of the RadioGenix isotope separation system from NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes will make its debut in three events on March 27 and March 28 at The Keating Hotel in San Diego. The company plans to demonstrate system enhancements directly inspired by recommendations made by nuclear pharmacists during similar events last year.

The RadioGenix, which is currently under consideration by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will create the United States’ first domestic supply of technetium-99m in more than 45 years. Technetium-99m is the most widely used radioisotope in medical diagnostic imaging. The system will produce high specific activity Tc-99m from low specific activity molybdenum-99.

Hoping to relieve the industry’s chronic shortage of Mo-99, NorthStar has two proprietary processes for producing the isotope in the United States without the use of highly enriched uranium. The system automates the on-site isotope separation process and includes safety features such as periodic on-site sterilization of fluid pathways, disposable sterility filters and an automated filter integrity test prior to each elution.

Company executives and service engineers are set to provide demonstrations and discuss the system’s latest enhancements, most notably to the source vessel containment unit, the stainless steel covering and the liquid phase sterilization unit. The new features are direct responses to recommendations made by nuclear pharmacists who saw a developmental model of the system during last year’s events.

“These are the people who will ultimately use the RadioGenix,” said James Harvey, Ph.D., NorthStar senior vice president and chief science officer. “Their suggestions were extremely valuable, and we are proud that returning guests will see that we have incorporated many of their ideas.”

Event attendees can also learn more about the early adopter program that NorthStar expects to begin later this year. Interested parties are encouraged to make reservations by contacting John Carlson, vice president of customer service for NorthStar, at (608) 230-7171 or [email protected]


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