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ITM enters North American partnerships to establish stable n.c.a.-Lutetium-177 supply

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | July 16, 2018
European News Molecular Imaging
ITM has established partnerships with Bruce
Power and Endocyte to establish a stable supply
and testing of n.c.a Lutetium-177
for cancer treatment
ITM Isotopen Technologien München (ITM) is setting its sights on establishing a stable supply and increasing testing of no-carrier-added (n.c.a.) Lutetium-177 through its development this month of two North American partnerships.

Isotope Technologies Garching (ITG), a subsidiary of the German-based network of specialized radiopharmaceutical companies, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Canada-based nuclear power enterprise, Bruce Power, to collaborate in the production of n.c.a. Lutetium-177 through 2064. In addition, it has agreed to supply the medical radioisotope on a long-term basis to the Indiana-based company, Endocyte, for its 3 VISION trial in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer and will continue to do so through 2035.

“No-Carrier-Added Lutetium-177 supplied by ITM globally is the isotope that is expected to see the most significant growth in market demand in the near future for use in targeted therapeutic treatments,” James Scongack, vice president of corporate affairs and environment at Bruce Power, told HCB News. “ITG uses a proprietary process for producing the no-carrier-added Lutetium-177 which is ideal from a Bruce Power operational perspective.”

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A radiopharmaceutical precursor, Lutetium-177 has been evaluated in targeted radionuclide therapy to treat diseases such as neuroendocrine tumors and prostate cancer by destroying cancer cells while sparing healthy ones.

Supplied globally by ITM under the brand name, EndolucinBeta, n.c.a. Lutetium-177 is composed of no metastable, long-lived Lutetium-177 impurities, enabling it to provide the highest specific activity of all forms of the Lutetium-177 radioisotope. Its level of radionuclidic purity allows for more effective and economic waste management as well as greater environmental sustainability and the best preconditions for the radiolabeling of biomolecules.

Under the its agreement with Bruce Power, ITM will oversee development, processing and global distribution of the radiopharmaceutical, which will be produced by Bruce Power’s CANDU reactors which, according to Scongack, are ideal for isotope production due to their design and operational characteristics.

With Endocyte, ITG will supply 100 percent of the Lutetium-177 required for the phase 3 VISION trial, aided by ITG which will provide at least 50 percent and up to 100 percent of commercial supply for requests made by Endocyte.

Endocyte will pay €5 million ($5.8 million) upfront, which will be used to further expand ITG’s worldwide manufacturing capacity for Lutetium-177.

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