Ruselectronics holding of Rostec State Corporation in conjunction with the Federal Government Budgetary Institution of National Medical Research Center for Radiology and the Czech Proton Therapy Development sr.o. company will create a proton therapy center for the treatment of cancer in the Kaluga region. An agreement of intent was concluded at the XXIII St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2019).
According to the agreement terms, a proton therapy center is to be established by 2024. The engineering and marketing center Vega Concern became the project operator, which is a part of Ruselectronics. Proton Therapy Development s.r.o. acts as a co-investor.
The agreement was signed in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Health of the Czech Republic Roman Primula by the General Director of JSC Vega Concern Vyacheslav Mikheev, the General Director of the Federal Government Budgetary Institution of National Medical Research Center for Radiology Andrei Kaprin, and the Head of Proton Therapy Development s.r.o. Ludek Podola.
“Rostec in tandem with its partners is creating proton therapy centers in order to increase the availability of advanced cancer treatment methods in Russia. One of the world's leading clinics in this area is located in Prague, therefore the experience of our Czech colleagues is important for us. The proton therapy center, which will appear in the Kaluga region, will be equipped to the highest technological standards. The total investment in the project will be about 12 billion rubles”, said the head of Rostec, Sergey Chemezov.
Today, proton therapy is one of the most effective methods of treating cancers, which in many cases make it possible to avoid surgery. From 2020, this method will be included in the program of high-tech medical care, funded by OMS.
“Proton therapy is the avant-garde of modern nuclear medicine. The advantage of the technique is that protons release the main part of their energy exactly at the cancer tumor, without affecting healthy tissues. This is the most effective treatment for many types of cancer, especially in children”, said the head of Proton Therapy Development s.r.o. Ludek Podola.
The creation of proton therapy centers for oncological diseases is one of the key tasks of Rostec within the framework of the implementation of national Healthcare project. The state corporation is building such centers in Moscow, Primorsky Krai, Novosibirsk and Obninsk.