Isotopes and Innovation: MDS Nordion's First Fifty Years, 1946-1996

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MQUP, Jun 2, 2000 - Science - 256 pages
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When radium began to be used as a cancer treatment, Eldorado quickly became familiar with the medical marketplace and adept at developing products that could solve clinical problems and, more important, save lives. When Canadian nuclear reactors at Chalk River began producing radioisotopes that outperformed radium, Eldorado's radium sales department was transferred to a new crown corporation, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, created to manage Canada's nuclear research establishment. The new company developed many useful applications for radioisotopes, including cobalt-60 cancer therapy machines and industrial sterilization plants. Bought by Medical Data Services Inc. in the early 1990s, MDS Nordion was a runaway success, creator and sole proprietor of several market-leading products. Isotopes and Innovation describes how a company capitalized on the byproducts of Canada's unique nuclear research program to attain a commanding international position in extremely specialized and demanding high-tech markets, a saga in which innovative research and enterprising global marketing have brought commercial success and saved countless lives around the world.

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Paul Litt is a Canadian historian with an interest in cultural policy. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and is currently a historical consultant with the Ontario Heritage Foundation. Ronald F. Williamson, as president to Archaeological Services Inc., directed the Snake Hill project. He is an archaeologist with a doctorate in anthropology from McGill University. Professor Joseph Whitehorne served in the United States Army for twenty-five years, mostly as a historian. Now a historical consultant, he also teaches history at Lord Fairfax Community college, Middletown, Viriginia.

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