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UAE's Merint builds India's biggest cyclotron to aid cancer fight

Merint Group founder says construction project in Kolkata is 'major milestone' for company

UAE's Merint builds India's biggest cyclotron to aid cancer fight
India joins an elite global club by becoming only the fifth nation with superconducting medical cyclotron facilities.

UAE-based Merint Group has played a key part in setting up India’s biggest cyclotron facility as the country steps up its fight against cancer.

The state-of-the-art facility in Kolkata will begin to produce radioisotopes that are vital for diagnosis of the affliction and used in the destruction of cancer cells to facilitate remission.

India joins an elite global club by becoming only the fifth nation with superconducting medical cyclotron facilities.

Merint’s specialised contracting arm, based in India, built the entire building facility, including the housing for the sensitive Cyclone 30 system, to protect against nuclear radiation.

The Cyclone-30 machine situated at the Kolkata-based Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, is activated under the aegis of the Department of Atomic Energy and will commence regular production by mid-2019.

Fazal Manekia, founder and CEO, Merint, said: “It is a major milestone for our company to be such an integral part of what is such a defining moment in India’s history. We have always striven for excellence and chosen the less used path to reach new frontiers and this is an exceptional achievement.”

He added: “Whether it is our premium real estate portfolio in India or Europe, designed with the discerning Dubai resident in mind or our strong partnerships with the best in the business, we have always worn our ‘UAE tag’ with pride.”

In June, Merint announced that its first India-based residential project at 219 Boat Club in Pune is now ready for occupation.

Conceptualized and designed by Atkins, the architectural firm best known for the Burj Al Arab in the UAE, the luxury project took almost four years to complete, the company said in a statement.

It said 219 Boat Club becomes the city’s most exclusive address with 10 ultra-luxury boutique apartments, each with its own private pool, priced at $3 million.

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