The Executive Director of the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation hopes a one-day summit can help Saskatchewan take a leadership role in isotope development.
And Neil Alexander says thanks to the centre 57 batches of radioisotopes have been developed for the Royal University Hospital since receiving approval to start production in June.
The isotopes detect blood sugar in the body to help doctors diagnose cancers.
To help promote Saskatchewan’s recent surge into isotope development, Canadian Isotope Innovations, based in Saskatoon, held a one-day Saskatchewan Isotopes Summit to bring together businesses, health regions, and public officials to work towards partnerships.
CEO Jim George believes the groups will work together to improve isotope production, finding out what sort of isotopes the market wants, the best pathways for production, and how to distribute the product in a timely manner.
Alexander says employees at the Sylvia Fedoruk Centre are there early in the morning to produce the isotopes for RUH because they only last for about a day.
Alexander says the Saskatchewan Isotope Summit can help build relationships with other isotope-developing companies, and based on current infrastructure like the cyclotron at the University of Saskatchewan, he believes Saskatchewan can become a leader in isotopes.