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Article: "Israeli startup uses Hebrew U breakthrough to cut the cost of treating cancer"

February 8, 2022


Israeli startup HIL Applied Medical is implementing breakthrough technology developed at Hebrew University to deliver proton-beam radiotherapy to cancer patients at a fraction of the cost. Proton radiotherapy is used for the treatment of solid tumors. The method does less damage to healthy tissue than traditional X-ray or photon radiation treatments, improving both patient survival and quality of life. The new device combines nanotechnology, ultra-high-intensity lasers, and advanced magnetics for particle acceleration in a smaller and cheaper package than previous proton-beam radiotherapy devices.

The new device cuts the cost of a proton-beam radiotherapy machine for hospitals in half, from about $30 million to $15 million. The machine is also much smaller than previous devices, fitting into a standard 500 square foot radiotherapy unit. Creators of the machine hope the smaller price tag and smaller spatial impact will enable more hospitals to take advantage of the technology that was previously out of budget, thereby providing better treatments for more cancer patients around the world.

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*Image used is from the original news article published by The Times of Israel. Technology patented by HIL Applied Medical, an Israeli startup, reduces the size and cost of cancer therapy that is currently out of reach for all but a tiny percentage of patients (HIL)

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