Department of Energy Announces $6.5 Million for Isotope R&D and Production

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $6.5 million in funding for 15 awards to advance isotope research, development, and production—part of a key federal program that produces critical isotopes otherwise unavailable or in short supply for U.S. science, medicine, and industry.

Several of the projects aim at making new cancer diagnostic and therapeutic agents available to the medical community, while others focus on broad improvements to production techniques, with the goal of enhancing isotope availability and purity. Two of the projects provide for enhancements of scientific and technical capabilities at existing university accelerator facilities for isotope production and research. 

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