Telix Acquires Optimal Tracers

Melbourne (Australia) and Indianapolis (US) | 14 November 2022

Telix today announces that it has entered into an agreement with Sacramento-based Northern California PET Imaging Center (NCPIC) to acquire Optimal Tracers, a radiochemistry development business providing radiochemistry process development services and research tracers for use in clinical trials.  

The acquisition of Optimal Tracers will bolster Telix’s in-house radiochemistry development capability, by adding a highly skilled team to Telix and establishing a U.S.-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. The acquisition of Optimal Tracers aligns with Telix’s 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.   

Located in a translational research hub at the University of California, Davis (UCD), Optimal Tracers is a specialised business that provides development services and clinical trial doses to pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as academic research institutions.  Optimal Tracers is advantageously located to service leading clinical sites along the West Coast of the United States, with capability to deliver certain research products across the entire country.  

Jonathan Barlow, SVP Global Business Development & Alliance Management said, “Optimal Tracers is an established business, with a highly regarded team and impressive client roster. They have built a strong reputation based on their deep technical skills and ability to help clients optimise drug development, production processes and quality control.  We are looking forward to welcoming the talented Optimal Tracers team into the Telix family – together harnessing an innovative approach to radiochemistry to further enhance Telix’s pipeline and continue support of the Optimal Tracers business.” 

Ruth Tesar, CEO of NCPIC and Optimal Tracers added, “We are delighted that Optimal Tracers will become part of Telix, an established leader in the global radiopharmaceutical industry. Telix and Optimal Tracers are closely aligned in purpose and values, and I am excited about the growth opportunities this will offer our employees. We look forward to bringing our considerable depth of radiochemistry development knowledge and experience to Telix and contributing to the Company’s future success.”  

Telix 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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