IBA inks French particle-beam therapy deal

Ion Beam Applications (IBA) of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, announced a collaboration with ARCHADE, a regional healthcare association, to develop a prototype system for hadron (subatomic particle) therapy in Caen, France.

The preliminary agreement is intended to qualify equipment that will be used to administer particle-beam radiation therapy by 2011, using carbon ions as well as protons in the treatment of specific radio-resistant tumors.

An investment of 40 million euros ($57.9 million) will be available for the development phase of the project.

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