RaySearch scores Swedish proton radiation therapy contract

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RaySearch Laboratories has signed a consulting agreement with the Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden, covering the development of a new treatment planning system for proton radiation therapy delivered at the Svedberg Laboratory in Uppsala.

The Stockholm, Sweden-based company said it is planning to use the system clinically during 2008 for all patient treatments.

“They have exceptionally long clinical experience and were first in the world to treat cancer tumors with protons. The agreement has no direct financial impact on RaySearch, but it is of high strategic importance that our proton system will now be used clinically for the first time,” said Johan Löf, president of RaySearch.

The Uppsala University Hospital treats more than 100 cancer patients annually with proton therapy.