Medical Company Bringing Jobs to Columbia

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COLUMBIA - Northwest Medical Isotopes announced Thursday morning it's expanding and bringing new jobs to Columbia.

The company's expansion will bring 68 new jobs to a facility located at Discovery Ridge, a research and industrial park. Construction is expected to start next year.

The company has the capacity to produce 50 percent of the country's molybdenum-99, also known as "Molly-99." It is used in medical scans for cancer, heart disease, bone and kidney disease.

"Molly-99" is used to create technetium-99m. The combination is injected into patients making damaged tissue easier for doctors to see on scans.

Since "Molly-99" can expire, the company chose Columbia because of its central location, allowing easier access to transportation.