ProCure, Forte team up on proton therapy

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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 robotic x-ray systems designed and engineered with ProCure for a new proton therapy facility at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill. Forte also will provide patient positioning systems for the new center. Pending regulatory approval by the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, construction crews will break ground for the new center this fall with plans to open to treat patients in January 2010.

The Forte/ProCure partnership will extend to other proton treatment centers developed by ProCure.

Research shows proton therapy causes fewer short- and long-term side effects than traditional radiation therapy and improves quality of life for patient, according to the company. Forte, which specializes in automated assembly, material handling and injection molding systems for manufacturing, pharmaceutical and consumer product companies, developed specialized robotic systems for the ProCure Training and Development Center, which will open in early 2008 in Bloomington, Ind.