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IBA initiates global DynamicARC Consortium for the roll-out of proton arc therapy

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | June 01, 2021 Rad Oncology
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, June 1, 2021 – IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A., EURONEXT), the world’s leading provider of proton therapy solutions, has highlighted its commitment to shaping the future of proton therapy by initiating a global DynamicARC®* Consortium (DAC), in collaboration with leading clinical centers.

The objective of the consortium is to prepare for the clinical roll out of the DynamicARC® treatment modality within the proton therapy community using the Proteus® platform. Specifically, the DAC members will ensure that the treatment modality reaches its full potential in terms of dose conformality and patient throughput.

The founding members include representatives from key centers such as Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak (United States), Baptist Health South Florida (United States), Quirónsalud (Spain), and University Medical Center Groningen (The Netherlands), as well as several other leading institutions.

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With 37 centers in operation, IBA has the largest and most experienced user community in proton therapy with over 100,000 patients treated in the last 20 years. The consortium will leverage its collective experience to make DynamicARC® therapy a clinical reality.

Prof Hans Langendijk, MD, PhD at UMC Groningen (The Netherlands) commented: “DynamicARC® proton therapy offers a more targeted approach compared to photon-based techniques. It provides more flexibility in optimizing the conformality of the treatment to the tumor and will streamline further the treatment delivery improving drastically the patient experience.”

Minesh Mehta, MD,Deputy Director & Chief of Radiation Oncology at Baptist Health Miami commented: “The team here at the Miami Cancer Institute are honored to be part of the founding team of the DynamicARC® Consortium. Proton therapy innovations such as arc therapy will ultimately improve patients’ treatment options, with the potential of further reducing treatment-related side-effects.”

Craig Stevens, MD, PhD, Chair of Radiation Oncology at Beaumont Proton Therapy Center commented: “Since the first publication on the spot-scanning proton arc (SPArc) concept in 20161, we have been thrilled to see the technology's rapid advancement at Beaumont, underpinned by our collaboration with IBA2. DynamicARC® should decrease treatment time, as well as allowing us to treat more patients with proton therapy. The consortium brings together a group of experts from the proton therapy community and we are pleased to share our latest proton arc research and development with our fellow members. We are delighted to be working together to advance the next generation of proton beam therapy.”

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