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Phoenix and SHINE Complete Unprecedented Neutron Production Run

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Phoenix and SHINE Complete Unprecedented Neutron Production Run

March 22, 2016 – MONONA, Wis. – Phoenix Nuclear Labs (PNL) and SHINE Medical Technologies (SHINE) announced today that they successfully operated their accelerator-based neutron generator for 132 consecutive hours with greater than 97% uptime. This accomplishment represents an industry first for extended-operation reliability of a gas target neutron generator and is an important demonstration of the robustness of the PNL neutron generator, a key enabling technology for the SHINE medical isotope production facility.

“This accomplishment is the result of over ten years of development effort by our dedicated and talented technical team,” said Ross Radel, President of Phoenix Nuclear Labs. “We’ve demonstrated record neutron yield, and this achievement validates that our technology can run with unprecedented reliability on the time scales necessary for highly efficient and stable isotope production by our partner SHINE.”

PNL manufactures the world’s strongest neutron generators and was selected by SHINE to provide the neutron generators for SHINE’s eight medical isotope production units.  SHINE’s production facility was recently approved for construction by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  SHINE is working to become the world’s leading supplier of molybdenum-99, a radioactive isotope that enables more than 40 million medical imaging procedures each year to diagnose heart disease and cancer. To achieve this goal, the PNL neutron generators must run for approximately 132-hour cycles in order to ensure patients receive critically important doses on time.

“The PNL team has once again demonstrated that their accelerator technology is far superior to anything else on the market,” said Todd Asmuth, President of SHINE.

The record run was completed March 14-19 in Monona, Wisconsin.  SHINE anticipates starting construction of its medical isotope production facility in Janesville, Wisconsin within the next year.

About Phoenix Nuclear Labs

Founded in 2005 in Middleton, WI, Phoenix Nuclear Labs has developed a proprietary, particle accelerator-driven, nuclear fusion technology that has applications in medicine, energy, and defense. The company is focused on commercializing its core accelerator technology for near term applications including medical isotope production, nuclear fuel manufacturing, neutron imaging, semiconductor processing, and the detection of explosive devices.  For more information, visit:

About SHINE Technologies

Based in Janesville, Wisconsin, SHINE deploys its safe, cost-effective and environmentally friendly fusion technology in a stepwise approach. Its systems are used to inspect industrial components in aerospace, defense, energy and other sectors. SHINE’s proprietary medical isotope production processes create non-carrier-added lutetium-177 and are expected to create molybdenum-99. In the future, SHINE plans to scale its fusion technology to help solve one of energy’s toughest hurdles by recycling nuclear waste. Through a purpose-driven and phased approach, SHINE aims to generate fusion power to deliver clean, abundant energy that could transform life on Earth. Want to learn more about SHINE? Follow us on social media @shinefusion and sign up for our email newsletter to follow us on our journey!

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