Hokkaido University And Hitachi, Ltd. Complete A Facility Incorporating A Novel Proton Beam Therapy System For Cancer Treatment Developed Jointly Under Japan's FIRST Program

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SAPPORO, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hokkaido University and Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501) today announced that they have completed construction of facilities incorporating the “PROBEAT-RT Proton Beam Therapy System,” a novel proton beam cancer treatment system, within the Hokkaido University Hospital. Hokkaido University and Hitachi had been jointly developing the PROBEAT-RT after the project was awarded a grant in 2010 under the Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology (the “FIRST Program”), a national project sponsored by the Japanese government. The University plans to begin treatments using the newly constructed facilities on March 19, 2014.

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