Four TomoTherapy Systems for German universities
31 January 2006
Madison, Wis., USA. The German Research Association (DFG) plans to
install four TomoTherapy Hi-Art Systems in major universities in Germany
later this year. The units have been chosen for Charite Berlin, the
University Clinic Essen, the University Clinic Heidelberg, and the Clinic of
the Technical University Munich Rechts der Isar. DFG anticipates the first
sites may begin treating patients in the second half of 2006.
The TomoTherapy Hi-Art system is a new treatment that combines on-board
CT imaging with conformal radiation therapy to provide high precision in the
treatment of cancer patients.
Jack Reese, TomoTherapy Director of European Sales, says it is
unprecedented for a new technology to be adopted so quickly in this market.
"History tells us that it is difficult to penetrate these major academic
centres. In this case, history is not always an accurate predictor of future
behaviour. We have penetrated four key university sites in less than 10
months; a task that usually takes over two years. It is a sign of the
significant change that TomoTherapy brings to this region and future
Dr. Fred Robertson, TomoTherapy Chief Executive Officer, said this trend
to permeate new markets will continue. "We have a market that is at least
50% outside of the United States. In the year ahead, I envision that half of
our orders will come in Europe and Asia. We expect our growth to mirror
growth opportunities in the global markets."
TomoTherapy currently maintains distribution systems in the United
Kingdom, Benelux, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany.