ProCure, Forte Automation to develop proton therapy systems

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Forte Automation Systems of Rockford, Ill., is partnering with ProCure Treatment Centers to develop advanced robotic systems for proton therapy, an alternative to conventional radiation therapy for cancer patients.

Forte will provide its robotic x-ray systems designed and engineered with ProCure for a new proton therapy facility at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill., according to the Bloomington, Ind.-based ProCure. Forte will also provide patient positioning systems for the new center.

Procure said that pending regulatory approval by the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, construction crews will break ground for the center this fall to open in January 2010.