Custom-designed radiotracers for seamless imaging
The UCL CRC is a multidisciplinary research centre for the development and clinical translation of novel biomedical imaging agents.
The CRC specialises in the manufacture of radiotracers and bespoke diagnostic agents for use in cutting-edge imaging techniques such as hyperpolarised Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The CRC also produces Positron Emission Tomography (PET) tracers for use in experimental medicine.
The CRC hosts the following facilities:
Radiochemistry Research Lab
The Radiochemistry Research Lab is a state-of-the-art facility designed to allow radiochemistry method development, automated radiotracer production for preclinical studies, translational nuclear imaging in human specimens.
UCL Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) FacilityThe UCL GMP Facility specialises on the manufacturing of short-lived radiotracers as well as tracers for cutting-edge imaging techniques such as hyperpolarised MRI.
Researchers at the CRC have developed a novel PET tracer - [18F]AldoView - for the imaging of aldosterone synthase, an enzyme found in adrenal glands that plays an important role in regulating blood pressure.
The CRC is also planning first-in-human studies to evaluate the use of tracers to guide surgery in patients with primary hyperaldosteronism, a type of hypertension driven by excessive aldosterone production.
Who can access this facility?
The Radiochemistry Research Lab undertakes radiochemistry research and can also be used for tissue imaging. The GMP facility is relevant to Medicine, Chemistry, and Pharmacology researchers.
How do I use this service?
Medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies can access CRC services by requesting PET tracers for observational clinical studies and clinical trials. The CRC can also establish GMP production of new PET tracers upon request. Please note that there is no direct access to the CRC's facilities.
To request a CRC service, please contact Professor Erik Årstad (email@example.com).
Services and rates
Listed below are some of the bespoke tracers manufactured by the CRC:
|[18F]DPA-714||TSPO neuroinflammation tracer|
|[18F]MK6240||Tau tracer for Alzheimer’s disease|
|[18F]NAV4694||Amyloid tracer for Alzheimer’s disease|
|[13C]Pyruvate||MRI hyperpolarisation tracer|
|[18F]FPIA||Cancer imaging agent|
A full list of products and services can be found on the CRC website.
Find out more about these facilities and available services on the CRC website.