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Bridging the gaps in 18F PET tracer development

As compared to the drug discovery process, the development of new 18F PET tracers lacks a well-established pipeline that advances compounds from academic research to candidacy for (pre)clinical imaging. In order to bridge the gaps between methodological advances and clinical success, we must rethink the development process from training to implementation.

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Figure 1: Visual depiction of chemical space for 18F radiochemistry.


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Campbell, M., Mercier, J., Genicot, C. et al. Bridging the gaps in 18F PET tracer development. Nature Chem 9, 1–3 (2017).

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