Media Advisory: Gamma Irradiator Tour and Q&A Session

OTTAWA, May 8, 2012, 2012 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --Media are invited to tour a gamma irradiation research and processing facility in Laval, Quebec. The tour will be preceded by a brief news conference to introduce Nordion's Gamma Centre of Excellence for irradiation science.

When:     Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 10 a.m.

Where:    Gamma Centre of Excellence
          535 Boulevard Cartier Ouest
          Laval, QC

Schedule: 10:00 a.m.: News conference with company representatives and
          question period with irradiation specialists
          10:20 a.m.: Tour of the irradiator (cameras encouraged)

Interviews with scientific and technical experts or Nordion executives available following the tour.

Why: Canadians are concerned about food contamination and hospital-acquired infections. But many don't understand how irradiation can protect them from bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella. Gamma irradiation reduces harmful bacteria and eliminates insect pests in a wide range of products and materials, from fruit and spices to hospital gowns, syringes and pharmaceuticals. Extensively studied for more than 50 years, the process is recognized as safe and effective by international public health and government agencies such as the World Health Organization, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Canada.

Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Nordion, Inc (TSX: NDN) (NYSE: NDZ) has been a world leader in gamma technologies for more than 40 years. Nordion's Gamma Centre of Excellence offers applied research and development, training and specialty gamma processing for industrial and academic partners from across Canada and around the world. This is a rare opportunity for media to see how an irradiator works from the inside.

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SOURCE: Nordion Inc.

Due to site security, media need to confirm their attendance in advance  by
contacting:   Natasha Gauthier External Communications Specialist, Nordion (613)
592-3400 x. 2243 Mobile: (613) 866-7365
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