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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-14-04

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Proton Partners International have signed agreement with University of Liverpool

Proton Beam Therapy Machine.

THE University of Liverpool have signed a 2 year collaborative research project with Proton Partners International Ltd, to enhance proton beam therapy technology.

This signing, that took place on 13 April 2017, will now see the 2 partners developing a new measurement system, known as a 3D Water Phantom, which will further improve the accuracy of proton beam therapy treatment.

The new system will use pixelated silicon detectors, 1st developed at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. Improved accuracy will lead to better modelling and calibration of treatment beams which will offer more advanced treatment for patients. It will also allow for more accurate clinical research and development to be undertaken.

Proton Partners International is building a series of Oncology Centres, known as:- 'The Rutherford Cancer Centres,' which will offer:- proton beam therapy, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, imaging and wellbeing services. The company's 1st centre in Newport, South Wales, will be the 1st in the UK to offer proton beam therapy.

Proton Parents International is also building a Cancer Centre in Knowledge Quarter Liverpool's Paddington Village. Further centres are currently being built in Northumberland and Reading.

Dr Ian Barwick (Chief Scientific Officer, Proton Partners International) and Professor Anthony Hollander (Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Enterprise, University of Liverpool).

Professor Anthony Hollander, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor, for enterprise, at The University of Liverpool, said:- "We are delighted to be working with the UK's leaders in proton beam therapy to develop a new commercial system to improve proton beam therapy delivery. Liverpool will be home to 1 of the few Proton Beam Therapy Centres in the UK, thanks to Proton Partners International, and by working together we will ensure that Liverpool becomes 1 of the world leaders in proton beam therapy research."

Dr Ian Barwick, Chief Scientific Officer of Proton Partners International, said:- "Whilst we are building Cancer Centres across the country, we have always said that research and development are key to our work as we look ahead. By creating this new system, we will be making an important and innovative step in improving how proton beam therapy is actually delivered to patients. Our partnership with The University of Liverpool demonstrates that we are completely committed to improving proton beam therapy technology and advancing the wider research effort in cancer care."

Proton Partners International has also signed a 10 year lease to establish a genomics research centre at the Life Sciences Accelerator building in Liverpool, which is due to open later in 2017. The Proton Partners International genomics programme will collate, analyse and distribute data from its treatment centres which will support its broader research work with The University of Liverpool's Physics Department.

The building is the 1st part of a 'health campus' that is set to surround the ₤335m new Royal Liverpool Hospital. The lease is with The Royal and Liverpool Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.


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