Call For New Private Partnerships, Building On 2018 Success


By Reagan Aylmer, IAEA Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications

The IAEA has published on the United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM) portal an updated list of laboratory equipment it needs to continue support its Member States in the use of nuclear applications.

The new listing builds on the IAEA’s success in establishing private partnerships to address critical laboratory equipment needs by highlighting opportunities for manufacturers and suppliers. The initiative is part of ongoing efforts to modernize the IAEA’s nuclear applications laboratories, which support the Agency’s 172 Member States with applied research, training and laboratory services that draw on nuclear techniques to help address challenges in food security and agriculture, human health, and climate and the environment.

Earlier listings on the UNGM, in 2018, generated expressions of interest from a number of companies and ultimately resulted in IAEA partnerships with Hopewell Designs Incorporated for a gamma beam irradiator, used to provide uniform and precise calibration of dosimeters; MetaSystems, Inc. for an imaging platform for the new IAEA Biological Dosimetry Model Laboratory; and Thermo Fisher Scientific for an Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer for the Food and Environmental Protection Laboratory’s use in discovering information on the geographic, chemical, and biological origins of substances.

Through the new listing, the IAEA seeks to obtain items including an atom trap trace analysis system for the Isotope Hydrology Laboratory and a mass spectrometer for the Animal Production and Health Laboratory. Through this UNGM initiative the IAEA is seeking interested businesses, who could make a donation or a cost-free loan to meet laboratory’s requirements. Obtaining such equipment through partnerships can help the IAEA maximize the efficient use resources, while manufacturers and suppliers gain exposure for their newest technologies with hundreds of scientists and trainees from around the world who visit and work in the IAEA’s laboratories every year.

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