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MDS Nordion to Expand Facility to Meet Growing Demand for Medical Imaging Agent in Europe

    Ottawa, Canada (ots/PRNewswire) -

    - Expanded Facility in Fleurus, Belgium to be Leading Player in Supply  of Glucotrace(R) for Growing Market

    MDS Nordion, a leading global provider of medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals for molecular imaging, is investing U.S. $5.8 million  / (euro) 4.5 million to expand its production facility in Fleurus, Belgium  to meet the growing demand for a medical imaging agent used in cancer  diagnosis and treatment. The agent, Fluorine-18 Fludeoxyglucose or FDG, is  marketed and distributed by MDS Nordion under the name Glucotrace(R).  Glucotrace(R) is used in a highly sensitive medical imaging technique  called PET or Positron Emission Tomography. As cancer rates continue to  rise in Europe, the use of PET is increasing to diagnose cancer and monitor  patient progress while in treatment.

    Glucotrace(R) is a time-sensitive diagnostic pharmaceutical with a limited lifespan. As a result, it is critical to have the ability to reliably supply Glucotrace(R) to hospitals and clinical sites on time. With  this expansion, MDS Nordion will be able to serve more customers within  France and the Benelux Economic Union (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg).

    "The new production facility will give MDS Nordion the ability to meet  increased demand from our current customers as well as extend our market  reach to new customers," said Steve West, President of MDS Nordion. "We are  committed to providing a reliable supply of Glucotrace(R) to the medical  imaging community in Europe."

    Through this investment and capital upgrade, MDS Nordion will build a  larger production centre for Glucotrace(R) within its existing facilities  in Fleurus. The investment will also optimize MDS Nordion's current resources  including a higher capacity cyclotron to produce FDG.

    Presently, MDS Nordion produces Glucotrace(R) as part of a joint venture with the University of Liège (ULG) about 80 kilometres west of  Fleurus. The new MDS Nordion facility in Fleurus, combined with the  existing site at ULG, will greatly increase production capacity for Europe  as well as provide the necessary manufacturing and supply flexibility to  serve growing market demand.

    First production of Glucotrace(R) from the new facility in Fleurus is  expected to begin in mid-2008. Glucotrace(R) is approved for sale across  Europe.

    About MDS Nordion

    MDS Nordion ( is a world leader in medical isotopes, radiation and related technologies. It is a division of MDS Inc.  (TSX:MDS)(NYSE:MDZ). MDS Inc. is a global life sciences company that  provides market-leading products and services that our customers need for  the development of drugs and diagnosis and treatment of disease. We are a  leading global provider of pharmaceutical contract research, medical  isotopes for molecular imaging, radiotherapeutics, and analytical  instruments. MDS has more than 5,600 highly skilled people in 28 countries.  Find out more at or by calling 1-888-MDS-7222, 24 hours a day.

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