Wednesday, March 6, 2019 / by Juan Grimaldo
Arizona Isotope Science Research Corp. is preparing to begin construction on a facility in Goodyear to manufacture isotopes that will allow medical professionals to clearly see abnormal blood flow in patients with cardiovascular conditions and cancer.
The company got the go-ahead from the city of Goodyear in December to allow hazardous materials, in this case the radioactive chemical element strontium-82 and rubidium-82, to be produced in the facility, to be located near Bullard Avenue and La Estrella. Now, the company is finishing up some other zoning work to remove old regulations from the site before it begins development, facility President and COO Greg Brooksby said.
At a meeting of Goodyear City Council in December, co-founder of the company, Wesley Brandt Brooksby, said the isotopes created in the facility will “circulate in your bloodstream and allow them to take pictures, and they can see the inside of your body as clearly as they can see the outside of your body.”
Greg Brooksby said there have been several universities that have expressed interest in partnering with the company to do research at the facility, which the company’s board welcomes. No formal partnerships have been finalized yet.
The facility is directly west of land purchased by Microsoft. City Council has approved the development of a "technology center" on that site, but details have not been made public.
Author: Corina Vanek, Reporter, Phoenix Business Journal (Image: Provided by the City of Goodyear)