Varian to add proton therapy systems via ACCEL purchase

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Varian Medical Systems today announced a deal to acquire ACCEL Instruments GmbH, a privately-held supplier of proton therapy systems for cancer treatment and scientific research instruments.
The acquisition will enable Varian to offer products for delivering image-guided, intensity modulated proton therapy for selected cancer patients. Varian will invest approximately $30 million to acquire 100 percent of ACCEL, including its debt, the company said. "With this acquisition, we can meet the needs of customers who have begun to ask us for proton therapy capabilities that supplement their existing radiotherapy systems," said Tim Guertin, president and CEO of Varian Medical Systems. "This leverages our existing technology in treatment planning, image guidance and cancer informatics and it enables Varian to offer all the products needed for delivering proton therapy. We expect that we can build a several hundred million dollar proton therapy business over time." ACCEL has commissioned its newly developed superconducting medical cyclotron for proton therapy at the Paul Scherer Institute outside Zurich. Work is nearing completion on another installation at the Rinecker Proton Therapy Center in Munich and Varian hopes to complete commissioning that system this year. The transaction is expected to close in late January.