The delegation of Shvabe Holding visited the central office of Hitachi Ltd. in Tokyo and Hokkaido University in Sapporo. The trip is dedicated to the construction of high-tech centers for proton cancer therapy in Russia.
A key point in the program was a visit to Hitachi Ltd. and Hokkaido University. The parties discussed the details of the interaction within the project for construction of proton therapy centers in Russia, including personnel training and transfer of medical technologies from Japan to Russia. Following the meeting, it was decided to continue negotiations on the areas of cooperation.
"At present, about 60 proton centers operate around the world. In Russia, this progressive line of cancer treatment is almost not developed, while millions of Russians suffer from cancer. Together with Japan, which is one of the first countries in the world where proton therapy was introduced into clinical practice, we expect to build at least four highly efficient centers in the regions of the Russian Federation in a short time. Successful completion of the project in the early 20s will bring healthcare in our country to an entirely new level," (Alexei Patrikeyev, Shvabe Director General).
In Japan, the delegation of the Holding got familiar with the experience of implementing the projects on development and creation of centers for proton therapy by Hitachi Ltd., which is one of the world's top three leaders in the area. During the negotiations in Tokyo, along with practical aspects of cooperation, the parties discussed the opportunities for production of the relevant components and equipment at Shvabe facilities.
"It is a complex project, which in addition to erection and equipping of proton centers also involves the exchange of technologies and training of personnel. This task will be implemented by the Far Eastern Federal University in cooperation with the University of Hokkaido both in Japan, and in the Russian Federation. The meeting with the representatives of the Japanese university allowed us to make substantial progress in current issue management and towards signing a separate agreement on the matter," (Ivan Ozhgikhin, Deputy General Director, Shvabe).
The Holding announced the start of the project for proton center construction in the Russian Federation in September last year. The first medical institution is planned to be launched by 2022 in Primorsky Region. High-tech centers will be also put into operation in Novosibirsk, Moscow, Obninsk and other cities of the country.