GE signs molecular agreement with Swedish facility

By AuntMinnieEurope.com staff writers

December 22, 2014 -- GE Healthcare has signed a cyclotron and radiochemistry system agreement with Stockholm County Council and Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden.

GE will build a complete tracer production facility center for the hospital that will expand its capacity to manufacture PET tracers. The hospital will be able to achieve three to four times higher PET tracer production capacity compared with today, and it will support the development of new tracers, the company said.

The new tracer center includes two PETtrace 800 Series cyclotron systems, 20 hot cells supporting radiation safety for personnel when they are using the equipment, and TRACERlab FX series chemistry synthesizers that will enable the hospital to monitor the tracer production remotely. The agreement also includes a FASTlab Platform for multitracer production that makes the production of different tracers on the same hardware possible, GE said.

Karolinska University Hospital will also receive technical trainings over the entire contract period and resources for joint innovation projects. The contract is signed to cover delivery, installation, and qualification of the equipment, as well as warranty and service contracts for three years, with an option to be extended by further two two-year periods, GE said.


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