Thomas Haywood Named Head of International Radiochemistry Collaborations

September 23, 2019

I am delighted to announce additional access opportunities and changes to the operation of our Cyclotron and Radiochemistry Facility. This latest change is to help translate many of our tracers to international sites, to make sure others’ have access to our tracers and that we can get access to additional data from clinical trials at multiple sites.

As of Sept 1st, the CRF has employed Dr. Tom Haywood as our Head of International Radiochemistry Collaborations. In this new role, Dr. Haywood will be travelling to many international sites to explore the possibility of new collaborations and ensure the sites are well equipped to translate our tracers locally. He will stay for a few days at each site to train the radiochemists and re-visit regularly to oversee the QC and QA before any clinical trials are started. Starting this fall, Dr. Haywood’s first stops will be in Norway, Israel and the Netherlands. He has already visited many of our collaborators in China.

Dr. Haywood received his initial training in radiochemistry at Imperial College London, where he received his PhD in the laboratory of Dr. Philip Miller. In 2016 he joined my lab as a postdoc, working on several PET tracers and being highly involved in the clinical translation of many of them. He has also functioned as a back-up for clinical tracers production in the CRF and taken the lead on weekly synthesizing our 18F-Knottin tracers for several on-going clinical trials. He is a phenomenal radiochemist and collaborator, with all the experience needed to advocate for our MIPS PET tracers at an international level.

Dr. Tom Haywood will be reporting to, and working closely with, CRF Manager Dr. Bin Shen and Deputy Director Dr. Gunilla Jacobson. In this new role he will be a resource for all our MIPS faculty who would like to translate their own tracers and find new collaborations internationally.


Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD
Virginia and D. K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research
Chairman, Department of Radiology
Director, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford