University of California (UC) Davis Health System, PETNet Solutions and Northern California PET Imaging Center (NCPIC) will partner to establish a facility on the university’s Sacramento campus for research and training in radiochemistry and for the commercial production of radiopharmaceutical products used in PET scans.
Under the terms of the partnership, 12,000 square feet of available space will be used to house equipment and research laboratories.
PETNet, a wholly owend subsidiary of Siemens Medical Solutions, which operates a network of FDA-registered establishments for the production and distribution of PET radiopharmaceuticals, plans to set up manufacturing and distribution operations in part of the space. NCPIC, a freestanding PET imaging center, anticipates creating a scale-up laboratory for biomarker production. UC Davis will establish laboratories for research scientists and trainees.
The multimillion-dollar project will include the installation of two medical cyclotrons for the production of PET radioisotopes.
Julie Sutcliffe, PhD, associate professor in the departments of biomedical engineering and hematology and oncology at UC Davis, will oversee the new research and training program, which is aimed at developing molecular imaging agents for targeting diseases related to oncology, neurology and cardiology. The laboratory will be a training site for scientists from around the U.S.
As part of the partnership agreement, PETNet will provide new imaging biomarkers for clinical trials, as well as create the potential for a pipeline for commercialization of imaging biomarkers developed by UC Davis scientists.
The Northern California PET Imaging Center, originally established as a joint effort between Sutter Health Sacramento and Catholic Healthcare West, Sacramento, plans to use isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals produced in the new facility for patient diagnostics and clinical trials at the center’s existing Sacramento clinic.