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6:44 PM  May 12, 2020

PET-Technology nuclear medicine center to be opened on the TPU basis

© РИА Томск. Анна ГлушенковаPET-Technology nuclear medicine center to be opened on the TPU basis

TOMSK, May 12 – RIA Tomsk. Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) on Tuesday signed a cooperation agreement with the Tomsk National Research Medical Center (TNRMC) and the MedInvestGroup group of companies; a nuclear medicine research center will be created on the basis of TPU, a RIA Tomsk correspondent reported from the scene.

According to Kommersant, MedInvestGroup invests in regional projects in the field of the manufacture of cancer drugs and the construction of nuclear medical centers. Until 2025, the company plans to invest in the opening of 40 new cancer centers in Russia more than 20 billion rubles.

Overcome the deficit

As a RIA Tomsk correspondent clarifies from the scene, a trilateral agreement between TPU, TNRMC and MedInvestGroup was signed on Tuesday, May 12, in the main building of Tomsk Polytechnic University.

"Man would not want to create a commercial nuclear medicine center in Tomsk. There is a rather strong scientific and material and technical base of Tomsk Polytechnic University... There are no such centers in Russia where several directions (of activities) will be combined, it will be the first one", – the project manager of MedInvestGroup Victor Babikov said RIA Tomsk.

He specified that the center will train personnel – not only doctors, but also medical physicists - for the entire nuclear medicine industry in Russia. The center plans to develop new radiopharmaceuticals, their further launch in industrial production, as well as export of drugs, primarily to the Kemerovo and Novosibirsk regions.

© РИА Томск. Павел Стефанский
"The creation of a scientific center here in Tomsk is very important for us, because those radiopharmaceuticals that are already used in Russia are often insufficient. Therefore, we want to expand their spectrum to different groups of patients, to create fundamentally new substances", – Babikov added.

According to the official website, MedInvestGroup – is an investment company engaged in the creation and development of large-scale medical projects. The main task – is to provide the population with affordable, high-tech medical care.

On the basis of Polytechnic University

According to the press service of TPU, the PET-Technology nuclear medicine research center is supposed to be located on the 11th building of the university on Lenin Avenue, 2a.

"Tomsk Polytechnic University has been dealing with this topic for a long time together with our Tomsk Research Institute, together with organizations in which experts in the field of nuclear medicine are in demand, therefore, all the prerequisites here have already been created for a long time so that this center opens here (in TPU)... We hope that during the year we will do the main components of the project", – the first vice-rector of TPU Andrey Yakovlev said.

Earlier it was reported that the TPU Nuclear Research Reactor is the only operating university nuclear reactor in Russia. In 2019, the university launched the Nuclear Science and Technology master's degree program which combines the management of a nuclear power plant and nuclear medicine. Tomsk Polytechnic University received about 90 million rubles from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation for the modernization of the nuclear reactor in 2019.

It was also previously reported that TPU scientists launched the first in Russia production of lutetium-177 with a low content of lutetium-178 at the TPU Nuclear Research Reactor. These isotopes are the basis of radiopharmaceuticals for radiation therapy of malignant tumors. In addition, polytechnics began mass production and export of a diagnostic drug for oncology and cardiology based on the technetium-99m isotope in 2020.

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