DOE Isotope Program Welcomes Texas A&M University Cyclotron Institute to the University Isotope Network
The DOE Isotope Program is excited to announce the addition of the Texas A&M University Cyclotron Institute to the University Isotope Network. Supported by DOE and the State of Texas funding, the Cyclotron Institute has developed Astatine-211 (At-211) production which is now available for routine regional distribution through the NIDC product catalog. The Texas A&M University Cyclotron Institute joins four other universities in the University Isotope Network to supply isotopes produced at their unique facilities.
Astatine-211 (At-211) has demonstrated significant potential in the treatment of blood, ovarian, and specific types of brain cancers. However, its short half-life of 7.2-hours presents a challenge in generating substantial quantities necessary for therapeutic doses in patients. Success of At-211 as a cancer therapeutic relies on regional production and distribution of the isotope. The DOE IP is a primary producer of At-211 in the U.S. through the University Isotope Network institutions.
About Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute
The Texas A&M University Cyclotron Institute, a Department of Energy University Facility, is jointly supported by DOE and the State of Texas and is a major technical and educational resource for the state and the nation.
The institute focuses on conducting basic research, educating students in accelerator-based science and technology, and providing technical capabilities for a wide variety of applications in space science, materials science, analytical procedures and nuclear medicine. Approximately 100 Institute members – scientists, engineers, technicians, support staff, graduate students and undergraduate students – are involved in these programs.
The Cyclotron Institute staff constructed, and now operate, a K500 superconducting cyclotron and its advanced ECR ion sources. Together, these provide a powerful arsenal of intermediate-energy projectiles for use in both fundamental and applied studies. A facility upgrade is now underway to expand the capabilities and allow them to accelerate radioactive ion beams. A large complement of sophisticated state-of-the-art detectors and spectrometers provides the associated instrumentation necessary for modern research in the areas of nuclear structure, weak interactions, exotic nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, intermediate-energy reaction dynamics, nuclear thermodynamics, the nuclear equation of state, atomic physics and applied nuclear science.