Newsletters and Notices

Below we list or link to the Newsletters and Notices from the NIDC.

Newsletters

January 2014 NIDC Newsletter #5 (PDF)
The isotopes highlighted in this issue include Si-32, Li-7, He-4, and stable isotope production.

June 2013 NIDC Newsletter #4 (PDF)

April 2013 NIDC Newsletter #3 (PDF)

June 2012 NIDC Newsletter #2 (PDF)
This issue contains news on the DOE SBIR/STTR Programs, an article on Isotope Program R&D, an obituary for Michael J. Welch, and a list of upcoming meetings. Note the upcoming (tentative) deadlines for the FY2013 DOE SBIR/STTR Programs:
   * FY 2013 Topics description: July 16, 2012
   * FY 2013 FOA: August 13, 2012

Summer 2011 NIDC Newsletter #1 (PDF)

Fall/Winter 2007 (PDF)

Spring/Summer 2007 (PDF)

Notices

April 2014: Organizational Change
Notice #28 April 8, 2014

This notice is to announce a strategic change in the organization of the Department of Energy's Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications Program (DOE Isotope Program) as part of the Office of Nuclear Physics' continuing effort to optimize the effectiveness and impact of this very important DOE program. Since the Isotope Program moved to the Office of Nuclear Physics in 2009, the evolution of the program and the activities in which it is involved have broadened dramatically. Due to the level of coordination needed to support this highly complex program, the National Isotope Development Center (NIDC) functions most effectively and efficiently as a direct extension of the DOE Isotope Program. I have asked Dr. Marc Garland to lead the operation of the NIDC and to work directly with NIDC Associate Directors Dr. Wolfgang Runde and Mr. Mitch Ferren. This change, effective July 1, 2014, will ensure the highest level of communication and coordination between NIDC and the DOE Isotope Program, as both operations jointly face the significant complexity and challenge of today's highly dynamic isotope marketplace.

I would also ask you to join me in expressing sincere gratitude to Dr. Robert Atcher, who has worked tirelessly and diligently to lead the NIDC since its inception, establishing new, effective means of timely communication with the Isotope Program's multi-faceted stakeholder communities, and significantly advancing public outreach through innovative means, including a new newsletter and a dramatically improved NIDC website. In addition to these seminal contributions, Dr. Atcher has played a leading role in facilitating a new collective understanding of the priority of research isotopes of interest for that stakeholder community. He was highly effective in working to address emerging issues, such as the availability of oxygen-18 and carbon-14, and the recall of strontium-82/rubidium-82 generators. Dr. Atcher plans to continue his landmark contributions by exploring possible future isotope production and R&D opportunities at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He will also reinvigorate his research interests in the application of alpha emitters for the treatment of disease. Please join me in thanking Dr. Atcher for his numerous contributions to date, and for accepting this new challenge potentially of great importance for the future of the DOE Isotope Program.

Dr. Jehanne Gillo

Director, DOE Nuclear Physics Facilities and Projects Division
Director, DOE Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications Program

April 2014: Clarification of the National Isotope Development Center (NIDC) Notice #27, "International Shortage of Helium-3 Mitigated", dated March 12, 2014
Clarification of Notice #27 April 1, 2014

The Isotope Program would like to thank those who have commented on and/or inquired about the helium-3 (He-3) shortage mitigation discussed in NIDC Notice #27, published on March 12, 2014. The intent of the notice was to publicize the highly effective actions of the United States Government to mitigate the He-3 shortage through a number of actions. Notice #27 did not in any way intend to imply that the policies and practices of any Federal agency, which has implemented the guidance issued by the National Security Council (NSC) Interagency Policy Committee (IPC) as it relates to He-3 future allocations, have changed.

In reality, it is only through continued diligent mitigation efforts being pursued across the federal complex that the limited federal production and current inventory of He-3 will continue to meet high priority federal needs for decades to come. These mitigation efforts include use of alternative technologies, the reuse and recycle of He-3 from obsolete and excessed equipment, annual review and action by the Federal Interagency Group (IAG) to assess and prioritize He-3 allocations, and continued adherence to the IPC guidance.

March 2014: International Shortage of Helium-3 Mitigated
Notice #27 March 12, 2014

Helium-3 (He-3) is a stable isotope supplied mainly by artificial operations. The sole source of domestic He-3 is from the decay of radioactive tritium produced for the Department of Energy's (DOE) nuclear weapons stockpile. The He-3 gas is separated from tritium located at the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Savannah River Site (SRS). As the designated office for isotope production and distribution, the Office of Nuclear Physics Isotope Program in DOE's Office of Science administers He-3 extraction and distribution.

As the Department's excess He-3 became available in the past 60 years, it has been widely used in government and commercial applications including medical diagnostics, cryogenics, basic and applied materials research, and neutron detection and measurement applications including research, oil and gas exploration, and highway construction. Demand increased dramatically in the past decade owing to expanded use of He-3 gas in neutron detectors for national security, nonproliferation, defense, border security, and homeland security.

In March 2009, an interagency He-3 Integrated Product Team (IPT) composed of DOE, NNSA, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense, and other government agencies was formed to address decreasing supply of and increasing demand for He-3. The IPT (now called the InterAgency Group (IAG) with representation from fourteen different federal agencies) reports to a higher level interagency group, called the Sub-IPC (Interagency Policy Committee), chaired by the National Security Council. The Director of the DOE Isotope Program chairs the activities of the He-3 IAG. Annually, the IAG collects He-3 demand information from the Federal complex, identifying and scrutinizing the requests for gas needed to accomplish Federal missions.

As a result of the deliberations of the IAG and close interagency coordination, impacts of the 2008 shortage have been alleviated. Over the past several years, the IAG considered strategies to increase supply including: (1) seeking He-3 supply from foreign countries, (2) encouraging He-3 recycling and reuse, (3) investigating techniques to increase He-3 extraction efficiency, and (4) seeking new He-3 production methods. Through the efforts of the IAG, domestic demand has decreased dramatically by a combination of actions including prioritization, alternative technologies research and deployment, more efficient applications, reuse and recycling; federal demand has decreased from an annual demand of 70,000 liters to less than 10,000 liters. With the mitigation efforts fostered by the He-3 IAG, the current He-3 supply is estimated to meet the federal domestic demand for several decades. The DOE currently sees its role in new supply as a facilitating role, and is having discussions with industry to see how it can help industry in increasing domestic He-3 supply.

Isotope Business Office
National Isotope Development Center
P.O. Box 2008, MS 6158
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6158
Phone: (865) 574-6984
Fax: (865) 574-6986
Email: isotopes@ornl.gov

September 2013: Silicon-32 is now available
Notice #26 September 27, 2013

Silicon-32 (Si-32) has been added to the NIDC inventory and is now available for sale. The Si-32 is offered in 0.1 M NaOH solution with an activity concentration of ~11.8 microcuries/milliliter and a specific activity of ~0.56 microcuries/microgram. Please visit the NIDC website at www.isotopes.gov and request a quotation.

Isotope Business Office
National Isotope Development Center
P.O. Box 2008, MS 6158
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6158
Phone: (865) 574-6984
Fax: (865) 574-6986
Email: isotopes@ornl.gov

September 2013: Special Notice: Survey Form - Private Sector
Notice #25 September 9, 2013

PLEASE RESPOND DIRECTLY TO WOLFGANG RUNDE. HIS CONTACT INFORMATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED BELOW.

This announcement is intended to seek information from private companies on their potential isotope needs for the next five years and is not a Request for Proposal (RFP) or an Invitation for Bid (IFB), nor is it to be construed as a commitment by the Government. The Government does not intend to contract on the basis of this request or otherwise pay for any information solicited herein.

The mission of the Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications (IDPRA) Program within the Office of Nuclear Physics of the Department of Energy's Office of Science is to develop, produce and distribute stable and radioactive isotope products that are in short supply and of critical importance to the Nation. The IDPRA Program manages the National Isotope Development Center (NIDC), which coordinates isotope production across Department of Energy (DOE) facilities and, for some isotopes, non-Federal facilities as well. This synopsis is to notify the public that the NIDC, on behalf of the IDPRA, seeks information from the community on anticipated needs of isotope products and potential supply shortages in the next five years. The IDPRA seeks this information to better understand the demand for isotopes used in research or commercial applications, including devices such as detectors and calibration sources and gauges that contain isotopes. Business and research entities should identify isotopes that are needed but are in short supply, in which they encounter uncertain supply issues, and/or that they expect an increase in demand that cannot be met by the current supply. The IDPRA, working with the NIDC, will use this information for strategic planning to enhance the reliability and availability of isotopes to the community. The information provided in this request form will assist the IDPRA to optimize production plans in the upcoming fiscal years and to plan strategically the future production of isotopes, gauging future demand, and evaluating and investing in the needs for isotope production technology development.

The NIDC is requesting that companies complete and submit the attached survey form to runde@lanl.gov by September 30, 2013. Information should be submitted even if the potential need for an isotope is somewhat uncertain for the coming years. If a specific isotope is not identified or requested by anyone, it may not be considered for production or production development by the IDPRA during fiscal years 2014-2018. All information submitted is considered as highly business-sensitive and will not be shared or discussed outside the IDPRA. For workshop reports and additional information on the IDPRA program, please visit our website at http://science.energy.gov/np/research/idpra/.

Excluded from this request are helium-3 and molybdenum-99.

Primary Point of Contact:
Wolfgang Runde, NIDC
runde@lanl.gov
Phone: (505) 231-0826

September 2013: Third Workshop on Isotope Harvesting at FRIB
Notice #24 September 6, 2013

Third Workshop on Isotope Harvesting at FRIB
October 14-16, 2013
Washington University Medical School
St. Louis, Missouri

Please feel free to share with others that may be interested.

Updates:

• Accommodations and meals will be covered for all attendees.
• A detailed schedule will be available on the website shortly.
• If you would like to contribute a short presentation related to isotope harvesting at FRIB, please contact either Graham Peaslee (peaslee@hope.edu), or Suzanne Lapi (lapis@mir.wustl.edu).
• We would like to have a final attendee list by Sept 13th.
• If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1T26Ygl8imgRefo7yVd9HND8Upj6UyXo1ZhZOobvupjw/viewform.

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a new national user facility for nuclear science, funded by the DOE and operated by Michigan State University. The facility, scheduled for completion in 2018 will produce intense beams of rare isotopes that will provide a broad range of new information about the properties of these isotopes and, for example will allow better understanding of the origin of the elements and the evolution of the cosmos. While the standard mode of FRIB operation will produce a single rare isotope beam for a primary user, the fragmentation or fission of the production beam will produce many other long-lived isotopes that could be harvested and used for other applications. In many cases, these isotopes could be collected while a FRIB primary user performs an experiment, with no impact on the primary user.

The first workshop on Isotope Harvesting at FRIB, held in Santa Fe in 2010, focused on identifying long-lived radioisotopes that FRIB could produce for various applications, such as medical diagnostics and therapy, homeland security, stockpile stewardship, astrophysics, fundamental interactions, nanoprobes for materials science, and industrial and environmental tracers. The second workshop on Isotope Harvesting at FRIB was held in summer 2012 on the campus of Michigan State University and concentrated on experimental design considerations of isotope harvesting at FRIB. The third, two-day workshop, will continue to focus more specifically on what isotopes are likely within reach with the existing design of the FRIB production target facility and what is needed to harvest the isotopes at FRIB. An example of medical isotope production and radiochemistry facilities will be available to tour at Washington University School of Medicine. Participants will help to prioritize the list of radioisotope applications and consider possible experiments that could be carried out with the FRIB facility. Meals and local accommodation will be provided for preregistered participants, and the workshop will be held on the School of Medicine campus within walking distance of the workshop hotel. A block of rooms has been set aside at the Parkway hotel:
http://www.theparkwayhotel.com/.

There is light rail service from the St. Louis airport directly to the Medical School campus and hotel. Details on the meeting arrangements and the proposed workshop agenda is available on-line:
http://meetings.nscl.msu.edu/IsotopeWorkshop2013/

The conference organizers will be in contact with you to confirm travel arrangements. If you have any questions please contact Graham Peaslee at: peaslee@hope.edu.

Funded by DOE Office of Science and hosted by Michigan State University
Organizers: Suzanne Lapi, Graham Peaslee, and David Morrissey
Location: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

A printable version of this announcement can be found at: http://meetings.nscl.msu.edu/IsotopeWorkshop2013/

Isotope Business Office
National Isotope Development Center
P.O. Box 2008, MS 6158
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6158
Phone: (865) 574-6984
Fax: (865) 574-6986
Email: isotopes@ornl.gov

August 2013: Isotope Program Customer Meetings
Notice #23 August 20, 2013

The Department of Energy's Isotope Program has set aside two days (Wednesday, October 30, and Thursday, October 31st) for "one on one" meetings with interested commercial isotope customers to discuss isotope supply and demand issues. The meetings will be held at the DOE Germantown, Maryland office, or at a nearby location. The meetings provide an opportunity for the isotope community to discuss isotope issues directly with the Director and Managers of the DOE Isotope Program.

If you are interested and would like to make arrangements for a meeting, please contact Wolfgang Runde at runde@lanl.gov (cell: 505-231-0826) by September 15, 2013.

Isotope Business Office
National Isotope Development Center
P.O. Box 2008, MS 6158
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6158
Phone: (865) 574-6984
Fax: (865) 574-6986
Email: isotopes@ornl.gov

August 2013: Phase I SBIR and STTR proposals for FY 2014 Released
Notice #22 August 5, 2013

DOE has released the call for Phase I SBIR and STTR proposals for FY 2014. There are specific instructions relative to the areas of interest to the DOE Isotope Program. Please refer to the website (http://science.energy.gov/sbir/) for more information on the program.

DOE SBIR/STTR FY 2014 Phase I (Release 1) Topics Available

The Department of Energy (DOE) has posted the topics for Release 1 of the DOE FY2014 SBIR/STTR Phase I Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on their SBIR/STTR website. There are 40 topics available from among the following 7 participating DOE Research Programs (also referred to as Program Areas):

Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (2)
Office of Basic Energy Sciences (14)
Office of Biological and Environmental Research (5)
Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (7)
Office of High Energy Physics (7)
Office of Nuclear Physics (5)

The 180-page Topic document contains descriptions of all of the topics and associated subtopics; links to Program Area additional information; subtopic references and contact emails; and a schedule of important dates regarding the FOA.

The Topic document also refers to the fact that selected topic and subtopics contained in the FOA are designated as a Technology Transfer Opportunity (TTO) which is an opportunity to leverage technology that has been developed at a DOE National Laboratory. Each TTO will be described in a particular subtopic and additional information may be obtained by using the link in the subtopic to the DOE National Laboratory that has developed the technology. Typically the technology was developed with DOE funding of either basic or applied research at a DOE National Laboratory and is available for transfer to the private sector. Page 1 and 2 of the FOA contains a series of questions and answers regarding TTOs.

Isotope Business Office
National Isotope Development Center
P.O. Box 2008, MS 6158
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6158
Phone: (865) 574-6984
Fax: (865) 574-6986
Email: isotopes@ornl.gov

July 2013: FedBizOpps Announcement Released for He-3 Auction in Summer 2013
Notice #21 July 30, 2013

The DOE Isotope Program is pleased to announce an upcoming auction for 4,000 liters of He-3 gas. Please see this FedBizOpps.gov (Federal Business Opportunities) web link for more details.

Please direct any questions regarding this notice to:

Joel Grimm
Program Manager
Facilities and Project Management Division
Office of Nuclear Physics
U.S. Department of Energy
SC-26.2, Germantown Building
1000 Independence Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20585-1290
Email: Joel.Grimm@science.doe.gov

July 2013: He-3 Auction in Summer 2013
Notice #20 July 26, 2013

For the second year, DOE is planning to conduct a Helium-3 (He-3) auction. 4,000 liters of He-3 gas will be available for bids in a process similar to the one conducted late in 2012. DOE's Invitation for Bids (IFB) for the purchase of He-3 gas is scheduled to be posted for viewing and downloading on the NIDC website by August 9, 2013.

After the Invitation for Bids is issued, DOE will accept questions submitted to the following email address: He3auction@science.doe.gov, no later than 5:00 P.M., on August 23, 2013. The Bid process is currently slated to come to a close on September 17, 2013.

Isotope Business Office
National Isotope Development Center
P.O. Box 2008, MS 6158
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6158
Phone: (865) 574-6984
Fax: (865) 574-6986
Email: isotopes@ornl.gov

July 2013: Copper-67 Shipments are Scheduled for July 23, 2013
Notice #19 July 12, 2013

A Copper-67 (Cu-67) production run is scheduled for this month, with shipments scheduled to occur on July 23, 2013. The Cu-67 is priced at $295.00 per millicurie, plus $300.00 for packaging. Please contact Mitch Ferren (email address ferrendm@ornl.gov) of the Isotope Business Office by COB Monday, July 15, 2013, if you are interested in purchasing material.

Isotope Business Office
National Isotope Development Center
P.O. Box 2008, MS 6158
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6158
Phone: (865) 574-6984
Fax: (865) 574-6986
Email: isotopes@ornl.gov

May 2013: User Meeting at June SNMMI Meeting in Vancouver
Notice #18 May 30, 2013

The National Isotope Development Center will be hosting a User Meeting during the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging annual meeting in Vancouver. The meeting is an informal opportunity to discuss DOE isotope issues with program representatives. All are welcome.

The User meeting will be held on Sunday, June 9th at 6:30 PM., at the following location:

Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown - Ambleside I Room on the 4th floor
1128 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 4R5

For further information, please stop by the U.S. DOE Isotope Program Booth #1334.

Isotope Business Office
National Isotope Development Center
P.O. Box 2008, MS 6158
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6158
Phone: (865) 574-6984
Fax: (865) 574-6986
Email: isotopes@ornl.gov

March 2013: Isotope Production Symposium
Notice #17 March 22, 2013

Isotope Production Symposium at Upcoming ACS Meeting in New Orleans

A symposium has been organized at the upcoming American Chemical Society meeting to honor the memory of Prof. Michael Welch who died in 2012. The symposium focuses on a wide range of isotope production techniques for both enriching stable isotopes and producing radioisotopes from accelerators and reactors. The symposium will be held from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on Sunday, April 7 and Monday April 8, 2013. The symposium will be held in the Fulton Room of the Hampton Inn and Suites Convention Center, 1201 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans. The hotel is right across the street from the Convention Center. The symposium is part of the program for the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology of the ACS. The matrix for the Division's program can be found by clicking here.

Please direct any questions regarding the Isotope Production Symposium to:

Dennis R. Phillips
Program Chair and Symposium Organizer
Phone: (301) 903-7866
Email: dennis.phillips@science.doe.gov

February 2013: Copper-67 production
Notice #16 February 7, 2013

Dear Isotope User:

The National Isotope Development Center (NIDC) is pleased to announce the initiation of scheduled production campaigns of the radioisotope copper-67 (Cu-67). The next production campaign is scheduled for March 2013. To review product specifications and request a price quotation, please visit the NIDC on-line catalog at isotopes.gov/catalog/.

Please direct any questions regarding Cu-67 to:

Isotope Business Office
Phone: (865) 574-6984
Fax: (865) 574-6986
Email: isotopes@ornl.gov
Catalog: http://isotopes.gov/catalog/

October 2012: He-3 Sales
Notice #15 October 18, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

He-3 Sales Solicitation Amendment

DOE has amended its Sales Solicitation provisions to accept a minimum bid amount of 25 liters for the purposes of this auction only. Bidders may bid for one or multiple lots. If a Bidder requests a total amount of He-3 up to and including 100 liters, the lot sizes must be in increments of 25 liters or a single 100 liter lot. If a Bidder requests 100 liters of He-3 or more, the lot sizes must be in increments of 100 liters. The end date of the auction is revised to accommodate this change. All other parameters remain the same. All valid bids to purchase He-3 gas must follow the instructions in the amended Sales Solicitation, provided at http://www.isotopes.gov/he-3auction2012/index.html, using the order form provided online, and submitted electronically by email to He3auction@science.doe.gov by November 14, 2012. Please note that future auctions may revert back to a 100 liter minimum lot size.

Please submit all questions to He3auction@science.doe.gov

October 2012: He-3 Auction
Notice #14 October 05, 2012

Dear Colleagues,
The DOE Isotope Program is pleased to announce an upcoming auction for 4,000 liters of He-3 gas.
Please click here for more details.
Please direct any questions regarding this notice to:
Dr. Jehanne Gillo
Director
Facilities and Project Management Division
Office of Nuclear Physics
U.S. Department of Energy
SC-26.2, Germantown Building
1000 Independence Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20585-1290
Email: Jehanne.Gillo@science.doe.gov
Note: after October 9, 2012, more information will also be available on our He-3 auction page.

August 2012: New Funding Opportunity Announcement
Notice #12 August 08, 2012

The DOE Office of Science has posted a new Funding Opportunity Announcement in which you may be interested. It is announcement DE-FOA-0000743 - Research, Development and Training in Isotope Production.  This competitive opportunity announcement is supported by the Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications (IDPRA) subprogram in the Office of Nuclear Physics. More information may be found from this PDF file,
or by going to the Office of Science Web Site (http://science.energy.gov/), clicking on the tab ''Funding Opportunities'' near the top center of the page, then selecting ''Current Funding Opportunities.'' Please feel free to distribute this email to interested parties.

A companion announcement has also been made to the National Laboratories, LAB_12-743.

Dr. Jehanne Gillo
Director
Facilities and Project Management Division

Office of Nuclear Physics
U.S. Department of Energy
SC-26.2, Germantown Building
1000 Independence Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20585-1290
email: Jehanne.Gillo@science.doe.gov
phone: (301)-903-1455
fax: (301)-903-3833

Spring 2012:
Notice #09 March 07, 2012

Special Notice - Survey Form Private Sector

PLEASE RESPOND DIRECTLY TO WOLFGANG RUNDE AT THE CONTACT INFORMATION PROVIDED BELOW.

This announcement is intended to seek information from private companies on their potential needs of isotopes in the next five years and is not a Request for Proposal (RFP) or an Invitation for Bid (IFB), nor is it to be construed as a commitment by the Government. The Government does not intend to contract on the basis of this request or otherwise pay for any information solicited herein.

The NIDC is requesting that companies complete and submit this survey form to runde@lanl.gov by March 30, 2012. Information should be submitted even if the potential need for an isotope is somewhat uncertain for the coming years. If a specific isotope is not identified or requested by anyone, it may not be considered for production or production development by the IDPRA during fiscal years 2012-2016. For workshop reports and additional information on the IDPRA program, please visit our website at http://science.energy.gov/np/research/idpra.

Private companies who believe that they are in need of isotopes or have identified an isotope supply shortage should contact the point of contact listed in this synopsis. Excluded from this request are Helium-3 and Molybdenum-99.

Primary Point of Contact:
Wolfgang Runde, NIDC
runde@lanl.gov
Phone: (505) 231-0826

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Winter 2012:
Notice #08 January 11, 2012

Message from the NIDC Director - Dr. Robert Atcher

Enriched Water Update

As the market for PET radiopharmaceuticals continues to expand, it appears that a supply pinch has developed. End users reported to me that spot prices have increased on the order of two to three fold over the last year. In conversations with the providers, no apparent shutdown of production capacity appears to have occurred. There is a bottleneck that has developed due to the fact that industry has been hesitant to invest in increased capacity without a clear vision of the future of the demand for F-18 labeled radiopharmaceuticals. There is a sense that the drop in price of enriched water can't be tolerated again and so a very conservative mindset has developed regarding production capacity.

One vendor has told me that they are expanding capacity, but the improvements won't be seen immediately. Thus, there is some expectation that some relief is coming in terms of supply. How this translates to price, either modest decreases or simply stable with time, remains to be seen.

Realize that this information has been generated to answer questions posed by members of the radioisotope user community. The DOE isotope program is not in a position to be able to produce enriched O-18 for the market.

Isotope Business Office
National Isotope Development Center
PO Box 2008, MS6158
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6158
Phone: (865) 574-6984
Fax: (865) 574-6986


Fall 2011:
Notice #07 October 19, 2011

In conjunction with an ongoing U.S. DOE research collaboration agreement, small quantities (up to 10 mCi) of Ac-225 can be made available for approved research activities on a bi-monthly basis. Please contact the Isotope Business Office at isotopes@ornl.gov if you are interested in submitting a request for this material.

Isotope Business Office
National Isotope Development Center
PO Box 2008, MS6158
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6158
Phone: (865) 574-6984
Fax: (865) 574-6986

Fall 2011:
Notice #06 October 4, 2011

The National Isotope Development Center (NIDC) manages the coordination of isotope production across Department of Energy (DOE) facilities and, for some isotopes, non-Federal facilities as well. The NIDC is supported by the Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications (IDPRA) Program within the Office of Nuclear Physics of the DOE Office of Science. Part of the NIDC mission is to increase the availability of critical isotopes in short supply. In order for the IDPRA Program to successfully partake in strategic planning to enhance reliability and availability of isotopes to the community, the NIDC seeks information to better understand the demand for isotopes used in research or commercial applications. The information provided in this request form will assist the NIDC to optimize production plans in the upcoming fiscal years and to work with the IDPRA Program to plan strategically the future production of isotopes, gauging future demand, and evaluating the needs for isotope production technology development.

If you have any questions, please contact the Isotope Business Office at (865) 574-6984.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Isotope Business Office
PO Box 2008, MS6158
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6158
Phone: (865) 574-6984
Fax: (865) 574-6986

Fall 2011:
Notice #05 September 22, 2011

The DOE Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications (IDPRA) program has been working to solve a problem with respect to isotope supply. There has been a continuing interest in Re-188 produced from a W-188 generator. That interest needs to be supported to the highest degree possible. At present, we have periodically received requests for that system as well as the W-188 solution.

In an attempt to produce W-188 in the most efficient and economical way possible, we would like to consolidate orders so that we produce batches that are totally obligated, rather than having part of the W-188 produced to decay away without benefiting any customer. In order to accomplish this goal, we need those of you who are interested in using W-188 itself or the W/Re-188 generator, to identify your needs in terms of quantity and frequency and send them to the Isotope Business Office at isotopes@ornl.gov with W-188 in the subject line.

We will then work to establish a production schedule that enables us to minimize the number of production runs undertaken while producing the most efficient and economical quality.

If you have any questions, please contact the Isotope Business Office at (865) 574-6984.

Robert W. Atcher, PhD, MBA
Director, National Isotope Development Center
MS T004
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM 87545

UNM/LANL Professor of Pharmacy
University of New Mexico

Past President
Society of Nuclear Medicine


Fall 2011:
Notice #04 September 9, 2011

We are pleased to announce our updated website at http://isotopes.gov. There are several new, user-friendly tools available on the site including searching for isotopes either by element in the periodic table or by searching the chart of the nuclides. You can now join, change address, or unsubscribe to the NIDC email list, from our website. These tools can be accessed from the QUICK LINKS and BREAKING NEWS tabs. A message will be sent immediately to our Isotope Business Office to address your request.

The changes will continue as we add more content to the site. For those who use isotopes from the program in their research, we would like to add your publications to our bibliography, so please send an electronic copy of the paper as a .pdf and we will include it on the page. We also will try to keep a calendar of upcoming meetings that are relevant for the isotope user community.

Please let us know if there are any comments, complaints or kudos regarding the new website.

Best regards,

Jehanne Gillo

Dr. Jehanne Gillo
Director
Facilities and Project Management Division
Office of Nuclear Physics

email: Jehanne.Gillo@science.doe.gov
U.S. Department of Energy phone: (301)-903-1455
SC-26.2, Germantown Building fax: (301)-903-3833
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Summer 2011:
Notice #03 August 18, 2011

Dear Isotope User:

At the annual Society of Nuclear Medicine meeting, I learned that there have been some changes in the market for enriched O-18 and O-18 labeled water. While I did not get a unanimous sense of changes in the market, it appears that some of the producers have ceased production and the customers are seeing increases in the price of enriched water. In order to explore this issue further, I have asked for a slot of time at the upcoming Society of Radiopharmaceutical Sciences meeting in Amsterdam to have a one hour workshop on this topic. I will send a message later this week with the exact time and location for that meeting, but we have focused on either Monday, 8/29/11, or Tuesday, 8/30/11.

If you have concerns about this issue and will not be attending the SRS meeting, please contact me directly to describe in detail what your concerns are and your experience in securing supplies of enriched water. My email address is ratcher@lanl.gov. If sufficient impact is anticipated, I will try to establish a meeting on this topic that will occur later this calendar year.

Thank you,

Robert Atcher, PhD, MBA
Director
National Isotope Development Center
ratcher@lanl.gov

Spring 2011:
Notice #02 May 19, 2011

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to inform you of a new open solicitation within the Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications Program. I invite you to consider the request for proposals for isotope production. The Funding Opportunity Announcement can be found at http://science.doe.gov/grants/pdf/SC-FOA-0000517.pdf.

Feel free to contact Dr. Marc Garland with any questions you may have. Please distribute to interested parties. Thank you very much.

Best regards,

Jehanne Gillo

Dr. Jehanne Gillo
Director
Facilities and Project Management Division
Office of Nuclear Physics

email: Jehanne.Gillo@science.doe.gov
U.S. Department of Energy
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Spring 2011:
Notice #01 March 24, 2011

Dear Colleague:

We have included you on our new Master Mailing List to receive important notices, news, and future information from the National Isotope Development Center (NIDC).

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