Nordion Shares How the Science of Irradiation is Solving Today’s Unique
Global Product Challenges
Industry leaders hear about the latest irradiation developments at IMRP 2013
OTTAWA, Ontario -- November 4, 2013
Nordion, a leading supplier of Cobalt-60 and a global leader in the design and
construction of commercial gamma irradiation systems, today joins the
International Irradiation Association (iiA) and other industry leaders at the
2013 International Meeting on Radiation Processing (IMRP) in Shanghai, China.
Nordion’s team will deliver five scientific presentations with a focus on
educating attendees on the latest developments in gamma technology and
highlighting key features for customers including gamma’s reliability,
flexibility, efficiency and affordability.
For 50 years, gamma irradiation has been a solution to providing safe and
effective products to the global markets—from healthcare to consumer goods to
food. In an increasingly complex world and in keeping with the 2013 IMRP
theme, “Irradiation for Life: Safe, Green and Growing,” Nordion is striving to
build greater awareness on how the science of gamma irradiation is evolving to
solve today’s unique product challenges.
“Gamma irradiation is well understood, well controlled and is a validated
process,” said Scott McIntosh, Chief Operating Officer of Nordion’s Specialty
Isotopes business unit and board member of the International Irradiation
Association. “Gamma processing positively impacts the lives of millions of
people around the world. As a leader in this industry, Nordion is investing in
applied research and developing expertise, both of which are intended to
continue to open global market opportunities for gamma irradiation.”
Nordion’s Gamma Centre for Excellence (GCE) has become an industry recognized
applied research and training facility, furthering the science of gamma
processing. Some of the work done by Nordion and its partnering organizations
will be highlighted at IMRP, such as research into gamma irradiation of
pharmaceuticals, dosimetry and dose setting in medical device sterilization.
In addition, Nordion will highlight DuPont’s Tyvek® Medical Packaging
Transition Project as one of the industry collaboration projects and success
stories. Also featured is the collaborative work done by Nordion and Food
Technology Service Industry (FTSI), a sterilization service provider, for
developing a method to upgrade FTSI’s irradiator with minimum downtime,
thereby minimizing impact on customers.
“The partnership between Nordion and FTSI teams resulted in a very effective
program to upgrade the FTSI irradiator and is the subject of a presentation at
IMRP Shanghai,” said Rick Hunter, CEO of Food Technology Service Industry.
“Thanks to the cooperation and innovative thinking of the teams, we believe
our gamma business will continue to prosper.”
IMRP 2013 is host to more than 200 delegates from around the world in
Shanghai, China, taking place from November 4-8. Nordion is proud to be a
diamond sponsor at the biennial gathering for members of the iiA. Over four
days, Nordion experts will give a series of technical and business
presentations and posters related to gamma irradiation. Visit Nordion Booth
#33 & 34 or visit www.nordion.com/gamma for details.
About gamma sterilization
Gamma sterilization is commonly used to irradiate a wide range of products and
materials, from fruit and spices to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. It works by
exposing the product to radiation from a Cobalt-60 source for a predetermined
period of time. This kills insect pests and reduces harmful bacteria such as
Salmonella and E.coli.
About Nordion Inc.
Nordion Inc. (TSX:NDN) (NYSE:NDZ) is a global health science company that
provides market-leading products used for the prevention, diagnosis and
treatment of disease. We are a leading provider of medical isotopes and
sterilization technologies that benefit the lives of millions of people in
more than 40 countries around the world. Our products are used daily by
pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical-device manufacturers,
hospitals, clinics and research laboratories. Nordion has approximately 450
highly skilled employees in three locations. Find out more at www.nordion.com
and follow us at twitter.com/NordionInc.
Shelley Maclean, (613) 592-3400 x 2414
Ana Raman, (613) 595-4580
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