ANSTO reactor production interruption affects medical tests

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation has suffered a second incident at the Lucas Heights reactor which has interrupted supply of a critical isotope used in nuclear medicine. The Guardian reported a fresh incident at the reactor had interrupted supply of molybdenum-99. Mo-99 is the parent isotope of Technetium-99m, which is used in hospitals…

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Anti depression drug developer Bionomics completes equity raising Bionomics has successfully completed an over-subscribed equity raising from current shareholders, raising $2.2 million before costs. The raising will accelerate the commercialisation of the company’s drug candidate, BNC210 for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder. The company is also developing drugs for the treatment of pain,…

How to build a lean railcar manufacturing supply chain – by Ross Sterland

Last week @AuManufacturing revealed NSW had bought 2,000 railcars and trams in a decade overseas. Here Ross Sterland, explains how the problem could be turned into a lean manufacturing local opportunity. The year is 2050. Australia’s rail rolling stock manufacturing industry is world-leading. At a federal level, the government’s 30-year plan to reinvigorate the industry…

Lynas sales recover from Covid-19 shutdowns as government assistance beckons

Rare earths producer Lynas Corp has reported its processing operations and sales are recovering from Covid-19 pandemic levels, and foreshadowed the possibility that governments in Australia and elsewhere may provide assistance to extend its strategic processing operations. The Perth company, which mines rare earths at Mt Weld in Western Australia and operates a controversial processing…

Australian Vanadium secures land for value-added metals production

Resources and chemicals group Australian Vanadium has extended its option to purchase land for a value-adding metals processing facility close to the port of Geraldton in Western Australia. The company is developing a vanadium, iron and titanium resource at Gabanintha south of Meekatharra, where it will undertake crushing, milling and benefaction of the magnetite ores.…