Half-sandwich complexes of the type [(RCOCp)M(CO)(3)] with M = Re and (99(m))Tc were synthesized from [M(OH(2))(3)(CO)(3)](+) in water. The R group can be an organic residue or a receptor binding biomolecule with a spacer to cyclopentadienyl (Cp). This provides a general route to Cp complexes of technetium without the need for starting from [TcBr(CO)(5)]. The X-ray structure of [(C(6)H(5)CH(2)COC(5)H(4))Tc(CO)(3)] has been elucidated. The compound crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2(1)/c with a = 16.1454(9), b = 7.6300(6), and c = 12.3922(7) A and beta = 107.792(6) degrees. We have chosen a serotonergic receptor ligand (WAY) as an example for the derivatization of Cp with a bioactive molecule. WAY is linked to Cp by an aliphatic chain of variable length. The half-sandwich complexes were prepared from water and organic solvents. The structure of [(WAY4-Cp)Re(CO)(3)] could be elucidated. The compound crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2(1)/c with a = 15.7112(6), b = 6.8775(3), and c = 25.5217(12) A and beta = 103.778(5) degrees. Quantification of inhibition constants gave a clear structure-activity relationship. A single methylene group between the receptor binding site and the half-sandwich complex gave an IC(50) of 217 nM for HT(1A), whereas a butylene linker resulted in retention of the inhibition constant with an IC(50) of 6 nM with respect to underivatized WAY. For use as radiopharmaceuticals, the compounds have also been prepared with (99m)Tc in quantitative yield.