Cyclotron Project for the Local Manufacturing of Radioactive Drugs

For the first time in Sri Lanka, an MOU was signed between KDU, Atomic Energy Board and Medical Supplies Division on the 13th of January 2021, to establish a Cyclotron-based Radiopharmaceutical facility in UH KDH. This is with the intention of manufacturing the radioactive dye, FDG, locally.
This project will benefit all cancer patients in Sri Lanka who need to have a PET/CT, using the radioactive dye, FDG, which will be produced by this Cyclotron facility. Presently, FDG is being imported from India. This will help our hospitals, both in the government sector and the private sector, to establish more PET scanners and would help cancer patients to avoid long waiting lists and paying exorbitant prices.
This will also stop unnecessary drainage of foreign exchange spent on purchasing FDG from other countries.
The MOU was signed by the Vice Chancellor of KDU, Major General Milinda Peiris and the Secretaries of two other ministries involved, at a function held at the Atomic Energy Board premises.
Hon. State ministers, Mr. Duminda Dissanayake and Prof.Channa Jayasumana graced the occasion.
The importance of this project was explained by Prof. Rosa, the Chairman of the AEB and Dr. Jayantha Balawardane, Senior Consultant Oncologist of UHKDU.
Hon. Minister Mr. Dulles Alahapperuma addressed the gathering virtually.