The federal government provides $ 5 million to the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS) to help produce technetium-99m, an isotope used for medical diagnostics.
The Minister of Natural Resources Canada, Christian Paradis, made the announcement in Sherbrooke on Monday.Given that the Ontario nuclear plant in Chalk River misfire in the production of medical isotopes and that it will eventually be closed, so Ottawa is looking for alternatives.
It prepares the ground for the establishment of a supply chain safer, more diversified isotopes for Canadians, and this channel will also enable Canada to remain a leader in the field of isotope technology medical.
- Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources
The Clinical Research Centre Étienne-Le Bel at the CHUS should be able to supply 50% of hospitals in Quebec. The CHUS will be able to start production within months.
Two other research centers in Western Canada are CHUS partner in this project.