News | April 07, 2015

First center will be operational in 2016, remaining two by 2017

UK, United Kingdom, proton beam therapy centers, Proton Partners International

April 7, 2015 — The United Kingdom is to get its first three proton beam therapy centers, marking a significant breakthrough in the provision of cancer treatment. Cardiff-based Proton Partners International Ltd is to open the treatment centers in Cardiff, London and Northumberland by 2017; the first - Cardiff - will be operational next year. The centers will be available for National Health Service (NHS) patients from England, Scotland and Wales, medically-insured private patients and self-paying patients.

Proton Partners International was formed following discussions between Prof. Sir Chris Evans, the leading life sciences entrepreneur, and leading U.K. life sciences and healthcare investors on addressing cancer treatment in the United Kingdom. Institutional and private investors have committed to almost £100m equity finance in the company.

Prof. Gordon McVie, senior consultant at the European Institute of Oncology, has been appointed chairman, and Prof. Karol Sikora has agreed to become chief medical adviser to the company, alongside a range of renowned cancer and healthcare experts.

McVie said: "This is an exciting and important development of the provision of cancer treatment in the U.K. As things stand, patients who can benefit from this treatment have to go abroad for treatment, often at great expense to the NHS. The creation of these centers will go a long way to ensuring the very best of treatment is available in the U.K."

Sikora said: "I was delighted to be approached by Sir Chris as there are only 40 proton beam therapy centers around the world and a pressing need for more. In the U.K. there are none. Given the aging population, there will be a significant rise in the number of cancer cases in the U.K., and therefore we should do what is necessary to provide the appropriate level and type of care."

Evans and his team at Arthurian Life Sciences, which manages the £100 million Wales Life Sciences Investment Fund established by the Welsh Government, are investing in the company through the fund.

In addition to state-of-the-art Proton Partners' treatment services, the Cardiff center will provide conventional radiotherapy, chemotherapy and supportive care. This could then be offered through other centers.

In the future, Proton Partners International intends to develop further proton therapy centers in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

The government has announced that it will create two NHS proton beam therapy units, which will open in 2018.

For more information: www.nhs.uk

Related Content

News | Proton Therapy

July 1, 2022 — IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A., EURONEXT), the world leader in particle accelerator technology ...

Time July 01, 2022
arrow
News | Proton Therapy

June 29, 2022 — ProtOnART builds upon the partners’ long-standing research efforts and shared ambition that an online ...

Time June 29, 2022
arrow
News | Radiology Business

June 29, 2022 — Siemens Healthineers and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center announced a new alliance, aimed ...

Time June 29, 2022
arrow
News | Proton Therapy

June 27, 2022 — Varian, a Siemens Healthineers company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ...

Time June 28, 2022
arrow
News | Radiation Oncology

June 27, 2022 — Neutron Therapeutics, Inc (NT) and the University Hospital of Brussels (H.U.B) today announced that they ...

Time June 28, 2022
arrow
News | Radiation Therapy

June 17, 2022 — Accuray Incorporated and Limbus AI Inc. announced they are partnering to augment Accuray adaptive ...

Time June 17, 2022
arrow
Feature

Imaging Technology News (ITN) maintains more than 40 comparison charts of product specifications from various vendors ...

Time June 09, 2022
arrow
News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)

June 7, 2022 — Two-year results from the Dysphagia-Aspiration Related Structures (DARS) trial, which is funded by Cancer ...

Time June 07, 2022
arrow
News | Radiation Therapy

June 3, 2022 — Henry Ford Health is the first in the world to complete a full course of patient treatments using the ...

Time June 03, 2022
arrow
Feature | Radiology Business | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane

Here is what you and your colleagues found to be most interesting in the field of medical imaging during the month of ...

Time June 01, 2022
arrow
Subscribe Now