Telix acquires US radiochemistry business Optimal Tracers

Australian company Telix has entered into an agreement with Sacramento-based Northern California PET Imaging Center (NCPIC) to acquire Optimal Tracers.

Optimal Tracers is a radiochemistry development business providing radiochemistry process development services and research tracers for use in clinical trials.

Telix said the acquisition will bolster its in-house radiochemistry development capability, by adding a highly skilled team to Telix and establishing a US-based laboratory and production footprint for clinical trial doses.

The acquisition includes a facility with a radiation and pharmaceutical manufacturing licence sufficient to cover the company's key diagnostic and therapeutic isotope requirements for pre-clinical and clinical research purposes.

Telix said the acquisition also aligns with its strategy to build a degree of vertical integration, improve in-house research and radiopharmaceutical development capability and further develop novel tracers in its pipeline.

Optimal Tracers will also remain available as a strategic collaborative resource to partner organisations and pharma collaborators that need access to specialist radiochemistry domain knowledge.

Telix said it will fund the acquisition from operational cash flow. The purchase price is non-material and will be offset by Optimal Tracers' service provision and manufacturing income and cost savings from bringing radiochemistry-related R&D activities in-house. Telix will have ownership of all intellectual property, physical assets and licences of Optimal Tracers.

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