22 February 2017: Proton Partners International has announced today it is to name its clinics The Rutherford Cancer Centres.

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The Rutherford Cancer Centres will offer patients a comprehensive range of cancer treatments and, from 2018, will be the first in the UK to offer high energy proton beam therapy.

The oncology centres have been named to reflect the renowned scientist Ernest Rutherford’s contribution in identifying and naming the proton in 1911.

Three centres are currently under development, in Newport, South Wales, Bomarsund, Northumberland and Reading, Berkshire. The Rutherford Cancer Centre, South Wales is nearing completion and will offer chemotherapy, radiotherapy and imaging via the latest planning and treatment technologies. Positron emission tomography–computed tomography (PET-CT) will be available in the second half of this year and proton beam therapy will be available at the centre from early 2018.

Treatment at The Rutherford Cancer Centres will be available to medically-insured private patients, self-paying patients and patients referred by the NHS.

Professor Gordon McVie, chairman of Proton Partners International, said: “We’re delighted to announce the creation of The Rutherford Cancer Centres.

“Proton Partners International is committed to transforming cancer care in the UK. The Rutherford name is synonymous with a major breakthrough in cancer treatment and therefore we felt that this was a fitting identity for our treatment centres.

“With cancer on the rise, there is a growing need for patients to be offered a holistic and sophisticated level of cancer care.  Patients at The Rutherford Cancer Centres will have access to a wide range of cancer services and a treatment plan will be implemented on an individual basis.”

Mike Moran, chief executive officer of Proton Partners International, said: “We are working with the world’s leading technology partners to ensure that our centres are equipped with the latest cancer technology.

“Our centres will have the capacity to treat 500 unique patients a year. We will also network our centres to ensure the data they will provide can play a significant role in cancer research. We are committed to undertaking a genomics programme which will collate, analyse and distribute data through our research facility at the Life Sciences Accelerator centre in Liverpool.”

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About The Rutherford Cancer Centres

The Rutherford Cancer Centres are at the forefront of providing innovative cancer care and creating a better future for cancer patients. With its commitment to excellence, the centres will provide an all-encompassing cancer service, delivering world-class imaging, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and proton beam therapy treatment.

Services will be available to patients under medical insurance self-pay patients and patients referred by the NHS.

About Proton Partners International Ltd

Proton Partners International is a private limited company, registered in Wales. The company was formed following discussions between Professor Karol Sikora, former head of the World Health Organisation’s cancer programme, Professor Sir Chris Evans, the leading life sciences entrepreneur, and Neil Woodford, founding partner of Woodford Investment Management. Institutional and private investors committed to almost £100m equity finance in the company.

Professor Gordon McVie, Clinical Research Adviser to the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology (IFOM), is non-executive chairman and Professor Karol Sikora is chief medical adviser to the company.

The Welsh Government’s Life Sciences Investment Fund is a key investor in Proton Partners International.

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