Synthesis of [68Ga]Ga-PSMA-11 using iMiDEV™ microfluidic platform

We report herein the first production of [68Ga]Ga-PSMA-11 based on a microfluidic disposable cassette using iMiDEVTM synthesizer. The main steps of synthesis, 68Ga-concentration on the cation exchange resin followed by a labelling step and lastly the formulation of the final product, were integrated within the cassette. 68Ga-trapping and release were investigated using cassettes filled with MCX or PS-H+ beads. Optimal radiolabelling conditions were determined including precursor amount (10 μg), temperature (95 °C), and reaction time (1 min) allowing to achieve up to 99% radiochemical conversion rate of [68Ga]Ga-PSMA-11. Fully-automated [68Ga]Ga-PSMA-11 radiosynthesis on the cassette was carried out with an isolated radiochemical yield (RCY) of 46.5±2.6% (n = 3, relative to starting [68Ga]GaCl3) in 19 min production time. Despite the additional investigation necessary to improve 68Ga-release from micro-chamber R1, the developed method can potentially be applied to the labelling of other 68Ga-radiopharmaceuticals on the microfluidic cassette iMiDEVTM.

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