Manufacturer of CyberKnife system to acquire TomoTherapy, Inc. too

In an announcement this morning that will shake up the innovation end of the cancer radiotherapy business, Accuray, Inc. (which makes and markets the CyberKnife system for stereotactic body radiation therapy) has agreed to acquire TomoTherapy, Inc. (which integrates CT imaging with conformal radiation therapy).

The two companies issued a joint media release earlier today. What this will mean for the future of the radiotherapeutic treatment of prostate cancer is anyone’s guess in the longer term, but the deal is expected to close some time later this year, before the end of September. There is a corporate presentation for investors and a copy of the joint press release on a new web site set up together by the two companies.

The major player in the radiation therapy space remains Varian Medical Systems. Varian makes and markets a wide range of radiation therapy equipment used in the treatment of prostate cancer — including various types of external beam photon-based systems, proton-based systems, and low and high dose-rate brachytherapy systems.

2 Responses

  1. Yes. I have been treated by the VA. They didn’t have CyberKnife. How long has CyberKnife been around?

    I’m a veteran and I’m in the process of making our government cut all the red tape and make sure every hospital has the newest equipment.

  2. Dear Terry:

    CyberKnife technology first became available about 6 years ago. However, in fairness to the VA, it has only been in the past couple of years that this technology could reasonably have been said to have demonstrated that it could offer similar outcomes to older, standard forms of radiation therapy in the treatment of localized prostate cancer.

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