News | Proton Therapy | May 10, 2019

Research agreement with university and industry partners aims to accelerate adoption of proton therapy through new developments in machine learning, statistics and pattern analysis

IBA Partnering to Develop Advanced Digital Proton Therapy Technologies in Belgium

May 10, 2019 — IBA (Ion Beam Applications SA) announced a research agreement with Skandionkliniken, Université Catholique de Louvain and Telemis aimed at accelerating installation, optimizing service and improving clinical operations for proton therapy.

New developments in machine learning, statistics and pattern analysis now allow vendors to provide clinical and operations staff with meaningful outcomes from the data generated by proton therapy systems.

The main objective of this program is to further improve treatment quality through personalized online adaptive therapy. Additionally, this project will also help to maximize the uptime and the patient throughput of the system while minimizing yearly maintenance cost.

The Walloon Region of Belgium supports this three-year agreement, called the BiDMed project (Big Data in Medicine) through its Biowin health cluster.

Alexandru Dasu, medical physicist, chief of physics, Skandionkliniken, commented, “In order to maximize the benefits of proton therapy, we need to minimize the exposure of healthy tissue to the radiation dose. This pushes us to adapt our dose distribution plan as the tumor evolves throughout the course of treatment. This agreement will allow Skandionkliniken to continue to pioneer new ways of using the latest treatment course data to personalize treatment.”

Benoit Macq, Ph.D., UCL, commented, “UCLouvain is proud to be part of this venture. Our university wants to be a key partner in the digital transition of companies with a focus on the use of emerging tools of machine learning. The challenges proposed in BidMed will allow broadening our expertise in deep learning and cyberphysics. BidMed will treat large data sets and will be an exemplary use case of our research in algorithmic.”

Sylvie Ponchaut, managing director Biowin, commented, “BioWin is proud to enrich its portfolio with BidMed, this collaborative and innovative program gathering leaders in the field of proton therapy and digital technologies. By joining our forces in improving personalized cancer treatment, these actors are responding to an important need of the patient and contribute to the reinforcement of the excellence of Wallonia.”

For more information: www.iba-worldwide.com

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