Can This Acquisition Bring Proton Therapy Cancer Treatment at Forefront?


Nevada, US based startup NanoLabz’s acquisition by the Israeli firm, HIL Applied Medical Ltd can play a vital role in extending the advanced proton radiation cancer therapy to a larger population.

HIL Applied Medical logoNanoLabz born out of University of Nevada, Reno is dedicated towards development of laser-based cancer therapy components and HIL is working on a new class of ultra-compact, high performance cancer proton therapy systems. The collaboration of NanoLabz and HIL will support the technological advancement of proton therapy for the treatment of cancerous tumors.

Proton therapy is a type of radiotherapy which utilizes a beam of positively charged nuclear particles ‘proton’ to precisely irradiate the malignant tissues and deliver the required doses of radiation with lesser side effects. Like the conventional X-ray therapy, proton therapy also works on the principle of selective cell destruction. Here is the video explaining the working of proton radiation therapy (Source: IBA Proton Therapy).

Proton therapy is a better option than the standard X-ray radiation treatment. Their precise delivery reduces the risk of damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. Therefore, controlled higher doses of radiation can be given for the management of cancer. It can also be used to treat those patients who have already received the traditional forms of radiation.

proton radiation therapy equipment

Figure 1. Proton radiation therapy equipment components (Photo credit: Biofusion Design)

Proton therapy is definitely the most advanced form of radiation therapy and can be a boon to the cancer patients. In US, approximately 300,000 cancer cases arises every year and only 19 active proton therapy centers are present. Last year only 10,000 patients received the proton beam therapy. The major speed breakers of this unmet medical need are the requirement of large area for its establishment and high cost of building and operating a proton therapy center.

advantage of proton radiation therapy

Figure 2. Difference between Proton radiation therapy and traditional X-ray therapy (Photo credit: Dailytelegraph, Australia)

HIL aims to pioneer a cost effective, single room add-on proton therapy solution.

Announcement is an important step towards the developing of our advanced cancer therapy systems,” Mr. Sagi Brink-Danan, Chief Executive Officer of HIL, said, adding that “still this is only one step in a long process, and we look forward to expanding the collaboration with the University of Nevada, Reno and the Nanolabz team“.

Apart from being the co-founder and President of NanoLabz, Grant Korgan is a motivational speaker, author of the book ‘Two Feet Back’ and the first spinal cord-injured athlete who skied 80 miles to Antarctica’s South Pole. On the acquisition, Korgan said, “I’m thrilled to see us reach this milestone. It is a testament to hard work, positivity, and the power of the indomitable spirit within each of us“. He survived a major spinal cord injury in his entrepreneurial career in 2010, which left him paralyzed from waist down. He emerged against all odds by his unabated self belief and became a global inspiration.

Hope this acquisition will bring out some revolutionary advancement in the proton radiation treatment of cancer so that higher number of patients can be benefited.

Featured image credit: HOW IT WORKS, The National Association for Proton Therapy, USA

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