A state of the art facility that allows the development of the next-generation radiopharmaceuticals
The NURA program focuses on enhancing targeted radionuclide therapies by producing innovative radionuclides and innovative radiopharmaceuticals.
The unique infrastructure of NURA includes fully equipped radiopharmacy laboratories for radiolabelling quality control and small-scale radionuclide production development. An additional hot cell facility to produce R&D radionuclides is currently being built. Other research infrastructure includes non-radioactive chemical synthesis laboratories for chelator development and a small-scale animal facility for preclinical evaluation of radiopharmaceuticals. A large-scale hot animal facility is currently under construction. When completed, this facility will enable SCK CEN to cover all fields of radiopharmaceutical development, from the isotope to preclinical evaluation supported by radiobiology and dosimetry research.
NURA R&D has developed production routes to ensure access to promising radionuclides like the well-known 177Lu and the future candidates 161Tb, 188Re and 153Sm for research purposes. Our radiopharmaceutical R&D stretches from chelator development to preclinical evaluation of radiopharmaceuticals. Furthermore, we have several research projects running within the radiopharmaceutical field linked to fundamental research within radiobiology and dosimetry.
We can offer aid in the development of novel chelators to incorporate upcoming radionuclides and to increase chelator stability of already routinely used radionuclides. Other interest include the research into methods to conjugate chelators to carrier molecules.
NOTE: SCK CEN does not have the capabilities to produce or synthesis carrier molecules but can assist in selection of the lead compound, based on physicochemical and pharmacokinetic/dynamic properties.
The facility is equipped and accredited to host and conduct animal experiments involving radioactive compounds with mouse models of predominantly oncological diseases.
The NURA team also includes dosimetry experts who can offer additional support.