Gary Perkins is ANSTO’s Radiochemistry Development Platform Coordinator and the National Imaging Facility Fellow at the University of Sydney/ANSTO node.
Gary started at ANSTO in 2008 looking at the development of several treatment and diagnosis based drugs such as 195mPt-cisplatium. In 2010 Gary travelled to South Africa to conduct a technology transfer which resulted in a Phase Zero Clinical trial of 195mPt-cisplatium. Since then Gary has continued in the radiochemistry field investigating new production methods for new and known radiotracers particularly focused of 18F and 11C. He is currently the lead production person at ANSTO with skills in vessel-based and microfluidic automated systems.
Not just focused on traditional uses of 11C Gary is also interested in new uses such as monitoring the effect of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide) in plants. Gary manages a Physical Containment Level 2 Plant Facility at ANSTO which aims to investigate the interactions between plants (potentially genetically modified) and environmental gases.
Along with this he also has skills in custom irradiations using the IBA 18MeV cyclotron, including maintenance of specific components such as targets and ion sources.
Gary also leads RADSET (Research and Development of Scientific Equipment Team), which looks at building unique automated solutions to significant problems in the radiochemistry field. As part of this team Gary offers skills in 3D and engineering modelling, software and electronic developments. In 2017 the team’s automated cleaning system gained international recognition with Synthra CEO commenting that ANSTO showed the clear “advantages of an automated cleaning system”.
Gary’s main interests now lie in the development of new automated systems that can improve consistency and reduce operator dose throughout the whole radiochemistry cycle.
Gary recently received the George Collins Award for Innovation in Nuclear Science & Technology at an awards ceremony held in Sydney in November 2017 for developing a machine called the “Multi Squirt”.