News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | January 23, 2024

Successful completion of contractual site acceptance tests, with 70 MeV cyclotron now fully operational

Successful completion of contractual site acceptance tests, with 70 MeV cyclotron now fully operational

January 23, 2024 — IBA, a world leader in particle accelerator technology and the world’s leading provider of radiopharmaceutical production solutions, is pleased to announce that the Cyclone 70 system installed at the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (iThemba LABS) in Cape Town, one of the research facilities of the National Research Foundation of South Africa, has been fully commissioned enabling iThemba LABS to start transferring the production of radioisotopes from their existing accelerator to the new Cyclone 70 system. 

Acceptance testing was completed in December 2023, with the cyclotron reaching full beam power (750µA) at full energy. This 70 MeV cyclotron will be dedicated to the production of next-generation medical isotopes used mainly in the diagnosis of critical illnesses. The machine will be used primarily for the manufacture of Strontium-82 for use in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, as well as for production of Germanium-68 for use in positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. 

Dr Le Roux Strydom, Head of Accelerator Operations & Technical Support at iThemba LABS, said: “We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this project. The project management was exceptional and having direct access to IBA’s experts added significant value to our experience. Our confidence in IBA’s high energy systems has been solidified by their demonstrated expertise, particularly with the 70 MeV cyclotron. We eagerly anticipate our continued collaboration with IBA, a proven leader in cyclotron technology.” 

Bruno Scutnaire, President at IBA RadioPharma Solutions, added: “We are proud to announce yet another demonstration of our expertise in 70 MeV machines with this project, with installation successfully completed and iThemba LABS ready to start the production of Strontium-82 and other radioisotopes. This latest accomplishment strengthens our leading position in cyclotron technology and attests to our commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions to meet our clients’ needs. To date, six Cyclone® 70 MeV machines and over 35 cyclotrons of 30 MeV have been installed worldwide. We see a growing interest for these high energy machines, driven by an increasing number of clinical trials exploring new diagnostic or radiotherapeutic molecules.” 

For more information: www.iba-worldwide.com 


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