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OTTAWA, CANADA – March 26, 2019 – Nordion (Canada) Inc., a Sotera Health Company, has signed an amendment to an existing agreement with Tong Xing (Beijing) Nuclear Technology Co. Ltd. (TXNTC), a subsidiary of China Isotope & Radiation Corporation (HK. 01763) to supply Nordion with Cobalt-60 produced in CANDU reactors in China.

The amendment expands an existing supply relationship between Nordion and TXNTC that began in 2016, resulting in several shipments of Cobalt-60 to date, and will now allow for an increased amount of Cobalt-60 to be supplied in the future. The agreement also contains provisions for the extension of the term.

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“The combination of Tong Xing’s high quality production capacity with Nordion’s best in class regulatory and logistics expertise are critical to provide global customers access to previously landlocked Cobalt-60 from China,” said Kevin Brooks, President of Nordion. “As our customers’ demand for Cobalt-60 grows, we continue to expand our supply network and are committed to ensuring that the available supply grows along with it.”

Cobalt-60 is used to sterilize single-use medical devices, to reduce pathogens in food and other products, and to treat certain cancers. As the world’s leading supplier of Cobalt-60, Nordion maintains the most geographically and technologically diverse supply network and plans to further diversify production in the future.

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