MDS Nordion Signs Framework Agreement for Collaborative Alliance With JSC "Isotope"By Mds Inc., PRNE
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
MDS Nordion Secures Exclusive Mo-99 Supply Through Framework Agreement
OTTAWA, September 23, 2010 - MDS Nordion, a leading provider of products and services to the global
health science market, today announced it has entered into a framework
agreement with The Open Joint Stock Company "Isotope" (Isotope), the
authorized subsidiary of Rosatom State Corporation, to explore and define
areas of collaboration in the field of supply, marketing and sale of isotopes
produced in Russia.
This framework agreement is intended to facilitate the collaboration and
build the business relationship between MDS Nordion and Isotope. The
collaboration may result in the creation of joint ventures, supply agreements
or other mutually beneficial supply arrangements, in order to efficiently
sell isotopes outside of Russia. The agreement extends over an initial 10
"MDS Nordion is our preferred partner for the international sales and
marketing of Mo-99 and all other isotopes of mutual interest," said Andrey
Silkin, General Director, Isotope. "As part of this framework agreement,
Isotope and MDS Nordion will explore further joint venture opportunities in
the nuclear industry arena."
As an important collaborative initiative under the umbrella of this
framework agreement, MDS Nordion has entered into a supply agreement with
Isotope for a supplemental supply of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) until 2020.
Under the terms of the supply agreement, Isotope will supply Mo-99 to MDS
Nordion on an exclusive basis for processing, distribution and sale outside
of the Russian Federation. The supply agreement provides MDS Nordion with a
new source of Mo-99 for its customer base and strengthens its global supply
chain by providing additional supply to help offset the impact of the planned
shutdowns of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited's National Research Universal
"As part of the economical and technological development activities of
the Russian Federation, the project for the manufacturing and supply of Mo-99
was initiated," said Evgeny Evstratov, Deputy General Director, Rosatom.
"Isotope, with the support of Rosatom, will be the commercial structure to
develop this project becoming one of the largest Mo-99 manufacturers in the
The Russian Federation Government and Rosatom State Corporation have
invested in both new and existing infrastructure in order to bring on this
new Mo-99 capacity. Initial quantities of supply will be incremental.
However, over several years the expectation is to have supply available of up
to 20 per cent of global Mo-99 demand to back up MDS Nordion's long term
requirements. Receipt of supply from Isotope is expected to commence in the
first half of fiscal 2011.
"This new supply agreement is important as it comes at a time when our
customers, and in turn the nuclear medicine community, are looking for
greater stability and long term reliability in their supply network.," says
Steve West, CEO, MDS Inc. "We look forward to contributing to an improved
global supply chain and securing a supplemental supply source for medical
Medical isotopes are used by physicians to better diagnose and treat a
number of diseases, including cardiac and neurological conditions, and
several types of cancer. Mo-99, and more specifically the derivative medical
isotope technetium-99m, is utilized in approximately 80 per cent of nuclear
medical procedures worldwide.
About MDS Inc.
MDS Inc. (TSX: MDS; NYSE: MDZ) is a global health science company that
provides market-leading products and services used for the prevention,
diagnosis and treatment of disease. We are a leading provider of innovative
technologies for use in medical imaging and radiotherapeutics, and
sterilization technologies benefiting the lives of millions of people in more
than 65 countries around the world. Our products and services are used daily
by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical-device manufacturers,
hospitals, clinics and research laboratories. MDS has more than 600 highly
skilled people in five locations. Find out more at www.mdsnordion.com.
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