Work begins at new proton beam therapy
centre in Liverpool
PROTON Partners International, the
world's leading developer of high energy proton beam therapy centres, has
officially marked the start of work on its 4th UK based oncology centre.
The turf cutting event for the ₤35 million Cancer Treatment Centre, within Liverpool,
which will be known as:- 'The Rutherford Cancer Centre North West,' took place today
at the Knowledge Quarter (KQ) in Paddington Village.
The Rutherford Cancer Centre North West will bring the most advanced treatments
in cancer care to Liverpool and the region, including high energy proton beam
therapy as well as latest technology to deliver radiotherapy, chemotherapy,
imaging and diagnostics.
Conventional cancer treatments will be available from 2018 and high energy
proton beam therapy will be available from 2019. The centre will treat up to 500
patients a year and treatment will be available to medically insured private
patients, self paying patients and patients referred by the NHS.
Mike Moran, chief executive officer of Proton Partners International, said:-
"As someone born, raised and schooled in Liverpool, I'm genuinely thrilled
Proton Partners International will be part of this exciting new chapter in the
City's history, which will put the whole region at the vanguard of innovative
cancer treatment. There is a growing need for proton beam therapy treatment
around the world, as it has been shown to deliver significant results for
patients. Its effectiveness at lowering side effects compared with traditional
radiation treatment, is transforming the lives of many thousands of cancer
patients. The Rutherford Cancer Centre North West will be equipped with the best
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said:- "Today marks an important phase
for Paddington Village and sets the tone for what will be a very busy year for
this Mayoral Development Zone. Tenants such as Proton Partners underlines how
much this site is attracting interest in the life sciences sector and once
complete will further cement Liverpool's reputation as a world leading
Colin Sinclair, Chief Exec of KQ Liverpool, said:- '"We are delighted that
Proton Partners International have chosen Liverpool ahead of other UK locations
and that this state of the art facility will be available to the people of the
North West. It is also further proof that the City Region's offering in health,
science and tech truly is world class."
Anthony Hollander, Pro. Vice Chancellor for Research and Impact, University of
Liverpool, said:- "We welcome Proton Partners International to Liverpool
and look forward to building our relationship in key areas of interest from
oncology to Personalised Health and HealthCare Technologies"