AREVA Med Launches Production of Lead-212 at New Facility
PARIS -- November 21, 2013
Regulatory News :
AREVA (Paris:AREVA) :
AREVA Med inaugurated today the Maurice Tubiana Facility located at
Bessines-sur-Gartempe, France (Limousin region). After receiving the
administrative authorizations and completing the prerequisite technical
testing, this unique facility has started production to extract and purify
lead-212 for medical use.
This rare metal is used in the development of innovative treatments for
certain cancers that do not respond to other conventional methods. As
innovation in nuclear medicine is dependent upon the availability of high
purity isotopes, the industrial production of the Maurice Tubiana Facility
will provide sufficient amounts of high-purity lead 212 for clinical
development. Lead-212 is being used currently in an AREVA Med Phase 1 clinical
trial at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the United States.
Patrick Bourdet, CEO of AREVA Med, said: “This facility, completed thanks to
AREVA’s expertise in radiochemistry and nuclear facility design and the
support of our partners, confirms AREVA Med’s industrial development. This
will allow us to accelerate the development of alpha radio-immunotherapy using
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