Synthetic strategies for the bifunctionalization of glucose and 2-deoxyglucose at position C-1 for transition metal coordination are reported. In particular organometallic technetium and rhenium complexes for potential use in diagnostic nuclear medicine were synthesized and investigated. Specifically, a common iminodiacetic acid (IDA) moiety was O-glycosidically connected through an ethylene spacer group to produce the pure alpha- (in case of 2-deoxyglucose) and beta-anomer (in case of glucose). Reaction of the sugar derivatives with the organometallic precursor [M(H2O)3(CO)3]+ (M = 99mTc, Re) produced single products in high yield, which are water-soluble and water-stable. The displacement of the three water molecules of the metal precursor and thus the tridentate coordination of the metal-tricarbonyl core exclusively via the amine and the two carboxylic acid functionalities of the IDA chelate was verified by means of 1D and 2D 1H NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and IR spectroscopy. The radioactive-labeled products (99mTc) proved their excellent stability in vitro in physiological phosphate buffer (pH = 7.4) and human plasma over a period of 24 h at 37 degrees C.