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MDS Nordion Named for Second Straight Year as One of Canada's Top 100 Employers

OTTAWA, Oct. 15, 2010 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --

Strong Corporate Values, Employee Engagement and Contributions to the Community Make the Company an Exciting Place to Work

For the second straight year, MDS Nordion, a leading provider of products and services to the global health science market, has been named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada, the nation's largest publisher of employment-related periodicals and online directories.

"MDS Nordion's employees are the company's greatest asset and our success in attracting, developing and retaining talent is reflected in being recognized for a second straight year," says Steve West, Chief Executive Officer, MDS Inc. and President, MDS Nordion. "On a daily basis our dedicated and performance driven work force contributes not only to the success of our business, but to the health and well being of people in our communities and around the world. At Nordion, we don't just make a living… We make a difference."

"Everyone at MDS Nordion is very enthusiastic about what they do and it shows. The culture is relaxed and respectful, teamwork is evident and valued, diversity is welcomed and encouraged, and healthy living is promoted and supported," says Alaina Vossen, Senior Production Technician, who has been with the company for 10 years. "My career at MDS Nordion is what I wish to make of it. I am provided every opportunity to maximize my talents and achieve my personal and professional goals."

Now in its 11th year, Canada's Top 100 Employers is an annual competition to recognize Canada's best places to work. The project aims to identify the companies and organizations that lead their industries in attracting and retaining employees. MDS Nordion competed against 2,750 employers across the country for the 2011 honour and was evaluated against several criteria including business growth, employee input and feedback, stimulating work environment, benefits and compensation programs, as well as training and skills development.

Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2011 were announced October 15, 2010.

About MDS Inc.  MDS Inc. (TSX: MDS; NYSE: MDZ) is a global health science company that provides market-leading products and services used for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. We are a leading provider of innovative technologies for use in medical imaging and radiotherapeutics, and sterilization technologies benefiting the lives of millions of people in more than 65 countries around the world. Our products and services are used daily by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical-device manufacturers, hospitals, clinics and research laboratories. MDS has more than 600 highly skilled employees in four locations. Find out more at www.mdsnordion.com.

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SOURCE: MDS Inc.

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