The Saskatchewan Cyclotron Facility has a 24 MeV cyclotron and labs for safe handling of nuclear substances. The Fedoruk Centre operates and manages the facilities and maintain them in a state of readiness for user access.
Our cyclotron, labs and qualified technical staff help the nuclear medicine industry by producing a reliable supply of radioisotopes for medical imaging. They also support researchers who are developing new radiopharmaceuticals for research or medical applications.
Cyclotron Facility Applications
As a Class II nuclear facility licensed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, we can produce and handle a wide range of isotopes. We have the capacity to expand our production to fit our users’ needs.
Specialized radiochemical and radioanalytical workstations allow for the synthesis, separation, purification, and characterization of radiolabelled compounds. Environmentally controlled clean space is available for developing radiotracers in conditions compliant with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
We have the advanced facilities and available workstation time to meet the needs of innovators in the medical isotope and pharmaceutical industry. Researchers can conduct in vitro and in vivo studies at our labs.
We also have a cell culture lab, a nearby veterinary medicine hospital, small animal SPECT/CT and PET/CT equipment and radiation counters for alpha, beta and gamma emitters.
We hold a Drug Establishment License (DEL) issued by Health Canada to produce fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) as a marketed drug product.
We have resources to support the development of new imaging probes and radiopharmaceuticals as required. Once a technology achieves a certain level, we can provide contract manufacturing services on a regular basis. This means industrial and academic researchers can advance, and often commercialize, new products and technologies with practical support from our Cyclotron Facility and staff members.
The BioPETx detector—first of its kind in Canada—is used to study plants and soil under various conditions and detect responses to stressors such as drought, infections, and insect infestations. Growth chambers are available to control environmental conditions and safely house dosed plants.
Fedoruk Centre qualified staff members are happy to teach your team the ins and outs of the cutting-edge equipment available to you. We can train additional staff who are newly using a workstation to make sure all users understand how to operate the equipment. We do this at no charge to your project.
Our workstations include specialized equipment such as HPLC, GC, hot cells, synthesizers, radioTLC, SPECT/PET/CT, optical imagers and contamination monitors, all accessible through a user-access agreement. For specific research projects, we can arrange staff members to provide direct support services.
Start Working with Us
We have a straight-forward process to onboard new users. Please contact our Facility General Manager if you have any questions.
- Check our workstation availability on our Workstation Occupancy Estimator. It includes a list of our workstations, equipment and hourly rates.
- Submit a project proposal. Once you complete and send in our Research Permit Application forms, our Facility General Manager will assign a staff member to be your local contact and help to plan your project.
Form HS-COF-0048 (Research Permit Application)
Form HS-COF-0072 (Research Project Application)
For full details, review our Process for the Submission of User Proposals at the Facility.
- After the project is defined and approved, access to Facility resources is arranged through a User Access Agreement.
For researchers from USask, the User Access Agreement is made between the Fedoruk Centre and the university as a standard Procurement of Facility resources to support the user’s project. A detailed procedure is described in the USask Researcher Guide to Engaging the Fedoruk Centre.
Browse our Activity Reports to learn about the valuable work happening at the Facility.