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Senior Investment Officer, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
With Canadians living longer, our health care system is struggling to cope with the diseases of an aging population. Molecular imaging is a powerful new technology that dramatically improves the way diseases are diagnosed and staged by injecting molecules (“probes”) that seek out disease sites and then send a signal to a camera. The technique provides information about where the disease is and its biochemical makeup. This makes it possible for doctors to diagnose disease at an earlier stage and select the best therapy for each individual patient. Scientists in the field of molecular imaging face barriers to make their discoveries accessible to health care providers and global markets. Their ground breaking innovations remain locked in research labs.
The Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization (CPDC) works collaboratively with industry and academic partners to provide the expertise and infrastructure needed to develop and manufacture molecular imaging probes. An important part of Canada’s health system, CPDC provides a reliable, daily supply of imaging probes to hospitals and leading research teams. CPDC’s areas of expertise include pre-clinical development of new probes, regulatory affairs, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), and maintaining the systems and infrastructure needed to achieve Health Canada approval for clinical trials and the commercialization of innovative new products.