Danfysik seals lucrative particle accelerator deal with Siemens  

2006.06.14
Danfysik, a Danish medico company, has closed the first of a number of agreements for delivery of a new type of ion accelerator for cancer treatment to Siemens' healthcare division

Danfysik, a Danish medico company, has closed the first of a number of agreements for delivery of a new type of ion accelerator for cancer treatment to Siemens' healthcare division. In 2004, Danfysik gained a declaration of intent from Siemens to be the exclusive supplier of accelerator systems for medical applications. Siemens will pay Danfysik around DKK 200 m (USD 34 m) for each accelerator, which currently takes about two years to produce. In a couple of years, Danfysik expects to deliver 2 or 3 accelerators to Siemens annually.

Bjarne Roger Nielsen, managing director of Danfysik comments: "This lifts our company to a completely new level. The agreement is extending at least 10 years ahead, when I expect the market will absorb three accelerators a year."

Danfysik's accelerator uses ion species accelerated to extremely high energy, which can accurately hit a tumour without damaging surrounding tissue, a feature which has particular importance when treating cancer cells in the brain. According to Siemens' calculations, one accelerator can serve a population of ten million people, which means that the German market will require eight accelerators. Siemens expects to supply the accelerator to hospitals worldwide. The news is reported by national newspaper Berlingske Tidende.

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