Proton Partners Secures Newport Site

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Published 3rd July 2015.

Proton Partners International has secured a site in Newport for the location of its first high energy proton beam therapy cancer treatment centre.

In April 2015, Proton Partners International secured £100m in equity finance with Sir Chris Evans and Arthurian Life Science investing in the newly formed company through the Wales Life Sciences Investment Fund, established by the Welsh Government.

The facility will be located at the Celtic Springs Business Park. Renovation of the site will begin next week and the centre is due to be operational next year.

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The Newport centre will be the first of three planned proton beam therapy sites in the UK. The others will be in Northumberland and London with additional sites identified in Liverpool and Birmingham.

In April 2015, Proton Partners International secured £100m in equity finance with Sir Chris Evans and Arthurian Life Science investing in the newly formed company through the Wales Life Sciences Investment Fund, established by the Welsh Government.

Mike Moran, chief executive officer of Proton Partners International, said: “We are delighted to have completed the acquisition of the site and work will begin immediately.

“We are working very closely with the Welsh Government and the Wales Life Sciences Fund to create what will be a step change in cancer treatment in the UK.”

Proton has appointed the company Ion Beam Applications to install its single-room proton therapy system at the facility, while Philips has been appointed to supply software and technology tools as well as a CT scanner.