Partnership with STFC: A First Step to High Volume Production

A Strong Partnership with an Experienced Laboratory with Tremendous Track Record

While development of LIGHT is carried out at the Company’s CERN facilities in Geneva, Advanced Oncotherapy signed a major contract with the Science and Technology Facilities Council in 2018 to establish a UK assembly and testing centre for the LIGHT system. Locating its testing and assembly site at STFC's Daresbury Laboratory in the Liverpool City Region, within the UK’s research and innovation hub Sci-Tech Daresbury, with established infrastructure, a certified radiation site and a huge wealth of shared knowledge will enable AVO to quickly move forward with the construction of the first commercial LIGHT system in a cost-effective way.  STFC's Daresbury Laboratory offers the skills to project manage and deliver the bespoke accelerator infrastructure required by AVO. Susan Smith, Head of Daresbury Laboratory, commented: “It’s exciting to know that Daresbury Laboratory’s expertise in particle accelerators and facility construction will be contributing towards the success of this ground breaking physics and medical project.”

First Fully Operational LIGHT system will be Assembled and Tested at Sci-Tech Daresbury site

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Commenting on Advanced Oncotherapy’s successful milestone, having fired a beam to 52 MeV, the Head of Daresbury Laboratory said: “Accelerating protons at an energy sufficient to treat superficial tumours, and firing them successfully through each of the key modules, is a major achievement for this project.” The next step is the installation and assembly of the full LIGHT system at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, which will begin in late 2018. Full energy testing will follow in 2019, with acceleration of up to 230 MeV, which is required for the treatment of deep-seated tumours. Subsequently verification and validation of the LIGHT system will be completed at Daresbury ahead of its submission for regulatory approval, and before it is relocated and installed at its first clinical site in Harley Street where Advanced Oncotherapy is targeting first patient treatment by the end of 2020.


About STFC's Daresbury Laboratory


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Daresbury Laboratory,located at Sci-Tech Daresbury, is home to the Cockcroft Institute, a UK centre of excellence for Particle Accelerator Science and Technology, and houses teams of scientists and engineers from STFC and the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester and Strathclyde carrying out research in this area and with decades of experience in the delivery of the kind of radiation facility infrastructure required by Advanced Oncotherapy, also offering opportunities for future research project collaborations. In addition, with Sci-Tech Daresbury’s ambition to develop a thriving cluster of healthcare technology businesses, there could be opportunities to collaborate with other businesses in the future. The opportunity to work with Advanced Oncotherapy is a shining example of how the public sector can work with industry towards game-changing technologies that will have a huge impact on people's lives – says Professor Susan Smith, Head of STFC's Daresbury Laboratory

Installation of an 8 tonne power transformer at AVO’s Testing and Assembly site