Siemens to construct German particle therapy center

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The University Clinic of Schleswig-Holstein (UC S-H) has commissioned a consortium of bidders, including Siemens Healthcare, Bilfinger Berger and HSG Technischer Service, for the construction and operation of the first particle therapy center in northern Germany.

With overall costs of approximately $392 million (€250 million), this represents the largest public private partnership project ever launched in the German healthcare sector, according to UC S-H. In addition to the facilities for delivering particle therapy, the center will also include a department for conventional radiation therapy. As a competence center for tumor diseases, the center will be opening up new treatment possibilities for cancer therapy starting in 2012.

To implement this project, the sponsors, Siemens Project Ventures and Bilfinger Berger Project Investments, established a project company which will be refinanced via an international group of banks.

Siemens said it will perform the planning and construction of the particle therapy system, supply medical engineering services for medical diagnostics to information technology, and carry out the technical service and operation of the medical engineering systems.

Bilfinger Berger Hochbau will be responsible for the turnkey construction of the center, completing the building with four aboveground stories and two underground stories within 24 months.

HSG will be responsible for the technical and infrastructural building management, including maintenance and reinvestment of the technical and structural facilities and the outdoor area. Furthermore, HSG will ensure the required power, heat, and water quantities for the building with the exception of the medical facilities, according to UC S-H.

The Siemens Project Ventures and Bilfinger Berger Project Investment will each contribute 50 percent of the required equity capital.