30th July 2015: Proton Partners International Limited today unveiled the site of the first Proton Beam Therapy cancer treatment centre to be built in England.

The centre will be the second to be built by Proton Partners International in the UK. It will be situated on the Earth Balance wellness suite in Bomarsund, Northumberland, and will operational by early 2017.

Earlier this month Proton Partners announced that it had already started work on its first site in Newport, Wales. The third centre will be in London. Each centre will be able to treat up to 700 patients annually.

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Gordon McVie, Chairman of Proton Partners International Ltd, said: “Our goal is to herald a new era of cancer care provision in the UK, bringing the first high energy Proton Beam Therapy centres to the UK and therefore unveiling our second site today marks another significant milestone.

“It is estimated that around 10% of patients who receive radiotherapy would be better treated by Proton Beam Therapy. Across the world Proton Beam Therapy has been shown to deliver significant results for patients, especially in lowering side effects. The sooner we can start treating patients with Proton Beam Therapy in the UK the better.”

Speaking at the launch, Councillor Grant Davey, Leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “We are delighted Northumberland has been chosen as the first place in England to be able to provide high energy Proton Beam Therapy. This is not only good news for the county – it will provide a great economic boost to the whole region and highlight our commitment as a place to invest for the future.”

Mike Moran, Chief Executive Officer of Proton Partners International Ltd., added: “The new centres to be opened by Proton Partners will not just benefit private patients, but also hope to treat NHS patients in need of more highly specialised cancer care. We are working with global leaders in Proton Beam Therapy – our centres will be equipped with the best technology there is.”

The work is part of a new programme of developments by the Earth Balance charity which is opening the wellness site to help meet the needs of current and future generations.

Chair of Earth Balance, Alan Rutherford said: “We are delighted that Proton Partners International are coming to the site and we are working hard with local healthcare partners, energy partners, health and wellbeing partners and the local community to ensure that the training and care opportunities are meeting local needs.”

IBA (Ion Beam Applications), the world’s leading provider of proton therapy solutions for the treatment of cancer, has been selected to install its single-room proton therapy system, Proteus®ONE.

Philips has been appointed to deliver software and technology tools including Philips’ Pinnacle Treatment Planning which delivers an intuitive planning environment that simplifies workflow. Philips will also provide big bore CT scanners at each centre and a PET CT in the Newport centre.

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About Proton Partners International Limited

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 have committed to almost £100m equity finance in the company.

Professor Gordon McVie, Senior Consultant at the European Institute of Oncology, which partners the Italian Hadron Centre in Pavia, has been appointed chairman and Professor Karol Sikora is chief medical adviser to the company.

For more information on Proton Partners, please visit: http://proton-int.com/

About Proton Beam Therapy

Proton beam therapy is a highly-targeted type of radiotherapy that can treat hard-to-reach cancers, such as spinal tumours (chordomas), with a lower risk of damaging the surrounding tissue and causing side effects.

Proton Partners International Chief Executive Officer Mike Moran (centre) and Chairman of Earth Balance Alan Rutherford (left) with Northumberland County Council Leader Cllr Grant Davey at the site of the new proton beam therapy centre in Northumberland.

The site of the new pioneering proton beam therapy centre in Bomarsund, Northumberland which will be constructed and operational by 2017.

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