Two Madison-area groups have received $500,000 each from the federal government to further develop technologies for making a radioactive isotope widely used in medical imaging tests.

The National Nuclear Security Administration awarded funding to a group including the Morgridge Institute for Research and Phoenix Nuclear Labs LLC of Middleton, as well as to NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC of Madison and its partners.

Read a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story here.

Read a column by Tom Still from 2009 here.