Note: This story was updated at 5:30 p.m.
The Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge is supporting a program to make an isotope used in more than 40,000 medical procedures across the nation each day. The goal is to produce the isotope, molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), in the United States without using highly enriched uranium.
Some of that work could occur in Oak Ridge. A company called CoquÃ Radio Pharmaceuticals Corporation announced in April that it plans to build a $500 million medical isotope production facility at the Heritage Center in west Oak Ridge. CoquÃ’s facility would make medical isotopes, primarily Mo-99, and the company could start production in 2025.
In a video posted online, Y-12 said some of its researchers have extensive knowledge of Mo-99 and are sharing that information with CoquÃ and other companies hoping to produce the isotope.
Y-12 has been involved with Mo-99 since 2009, said Cole Jackson of Y-12 Global Security and Strategic Partnerships.[Read more…]