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Team receives funds to advance development of production method
for medical isotopes


from The University of Wisconsin-Madison News

An acute shortage of a medical isotope needed by tens of thousands of medical patients daily will be addressed through a federal funding agreement reached to advance pioneering technology developed at a Middleton, Wis., company and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Organized by leaders of the Morgridge Institute for Research, the public-private partnership behind the project includes the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the state of Wisconsin, Phoenix Nuclear Labs of Middleton and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Together, the group has been awarded a six-month, $500,000 cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration to further technologies needed for domestic production of molybdenum-99. The isotope produces technetium-99m, the most important radioisotope for detecting metastatic cancer and staging heart disease, studying brain and kidney function and creating images of stress fractures. more


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