Varian wins Swedish contract

Radiation therapy firm Varian Medical Systems of Palo Alto, CA, has won a contract with a proton therapy center in Sweden.

Varian was named to supply an estimated $60 million in products for Skandionkliniken, a new national proton therapy center owned by a consortium of seven of Sweden's counties.

Skandionkliniken will have two full treatment rooms, as well as a fixed-beam room for quality assurance and research activities. The center is expected to treat 1,000 patients per year in its beginning phase, gradually expanding to the full capacity of 2,500 patients per year.

Varian will supply a superconducting cyclotron, a beam line, and treatment room gantries, along with its Aria information management software and Eclipse treatment planning software. Varian will also have a five-year service agreement valued at approximately $25 million.

The center is scheduled to open in 2013. Varian hopes to book the order for the project before the end of the fiscal year, the company said.

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