Medical Isotope Advisory Panel to discuss Cobalt-60 applications and the fight against COVID-19

Bruce Power, along with members of its Medical Isotope Advisory Panel, will host a virtual discussion on Thursday, Oct. 22, to examine emerging trends using Cobalt-60 and its role in the fight against COVID-19.

In addition to providing Ontario with a clean, reliable source of electricity, nuclear power plays a critical role in producing medical isotopes, which are used to sterilize devices such as sutures, gloves and gowns in hospitals around the world, as well in life-saving procedures.

Most of the world’s Cobalt-60 comes from Ontario’s nuclear facilities, operated by Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation (OPG), which provide supply to Ottawa-based Nordion to process and distribute around the world.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario’s reliable supply of Cobalt-60 has been crucial to ensuring the medical equipment and supplies – surgical gloves, syringes, and COVID-19 test kits used by front-line medical professionals to treat patients – are sterilized, clean and safe for use.

The participants of the panel discussion will include:

  • Mike Rencheck, President and CEO, Bruce Power
  • James Scongack, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Operational Services, Bruce Power
  • Dr. Sten Myrehaug, Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology, Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Susan Marshall, CEO, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
  • Cynthia Scott-Dupree, Professor and Bayer CropScience Chair in Sustainable Pest Management, University of Guelph
  • Richard Wiens, Director, Strategic Supply, Nordion
  • Michael Barrett, President & CEO, South Bruce Grey Health Centre

The live video event will take place from 9-10:30 a.m. Register at https://www.brucepower.com/event/clean-nuclear-power-safe-hospitals/.

Following the event, a recording will be available at https://www.brucepower.com/events/.

About Bruce Power
Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Learn more at www.brucepower.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

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