Elekta and The Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital (NKI-AVL, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) have signed a strategic alliance to advance cancer research.AMSTERDAM Netherlands — Friday, June 8, 2012
With a clear focus on the advantages of radiotherapy, both parties intend to collaborate more closely in the coming years to jointly develop new breakthrough solutions that combine multimodality imaging and radiotherapy.
More than 13 million new cancer cases occur globally every year, of which three million are in Europe, according to the World Health Organization. And as the population ages, the number of cancer cases is expected to rise. Through patient-focused research and development initiatives, Elekta’s goal is to increase the effectiveness and accessibility of radiation therapy for these individuals.
“We are pleased Elekta has committed to investing in the relationship and in particular this Strategic Alliance by investing in NKI-AVL research projects,” says Prof. Dr. Marcel Verheij, Chair of the Radiation Oncology department at NKI-AVL. “Elekta is an important provider of innovative solutions to treat cancer.”
Elekta’s President and CEO Tomas Puusepp recently described how patients benefit through the company’s growth and research and development leadership.
“Elekta’s commitment to expansion and innovation is expected to give many more patients access to world-class, affordable cancer care,” he says. “Each year, we invest 8-9 percent of our net sales in research and development with the aim of improving outcomes through the best clinical solutions on the market. This is how we pioneer modern cancer care. This strategic alliance with one of Europe’s leading cancer centers is another great proof point of our strategy.”
Today, Elekta solutions in oncology and neurosurgery are used in over 6,000 hospitals worldwide. Elekta employs around 3,300 employees globally. The corporate headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb. Website: www.elekta.com.
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