New Device at Reseach Reactor
Officials revealed the new cyclotron at MU's research reactor facility Wednesday.
The cyclotron will help researchers produce radioactive isotopes used in drugs given to patients before a PET scan.
The university and a private business teamed up to pay for the new research device and research space.
"This facility demonstrates how a university and private business can work together to meet diverse and multiple community needs. Locally produced medical isotopes and research on the cyclotron to be used by MU research scientists for the future of mankind," said Scott Brower of Essential Isotopes.
The private business -- Mid-America Cyclotron -- paid for the new device along with federal bonds and money generated by MU's Research Reactor.
Researchers say they should be producing the drug as soon as this fall.