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Kamol Sukosol Electric Co (KEC) to represent Pyrexar in Thailand

Pyrexar has signed with Kamol Sukosol Electric Company (KEC) to distribute Pyrexar's line of hyperthermia systems in Thailand. For over twenty years KEC has been supplying hospitals and clinics around the country with machinery vital in the fight against cancer. Their talented and well-trained sales and service group have started the process of introducing radiative phased array hyperthermia to their customers. Please join us in welcoming KEC to the Pyrexar family. We are fortunate to have such an excellent organization on our team. 

We were in Thailand in June to meet with Daranee Clapp, Executive VP of KEC, and her team to pitch the Pyrexar hyperthermia solution to several Bangkok area hospitals.  Below are a few photos of our visit.

Daranee Clapp, Executive Vice President at Kamol Sukosol Electric Co with Mark Falkowski, CEO at Pyrexar Medical

Mark Falkowski presents "Hyperthermia in the treatment of Cancer" to hospital staff

LINAC Control Room at Lopburi Cancer Hospital

CyberKnife suite at Lopburi Cancer Hospital

Part of the RadOnc team at Lopburi, located north of Bangkok, Thailand.

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Kamol Sukosol Electric Company Background

KEC traces its roots back to 1939 when its president, Mr Kamol Sukosol, started the trading business with a shipment of twelve G.E. radio sets from the United States. Before too long the company grew to have 22 showrooms in Bangkok and its surrounding provinces. Less than a decade later, the company become G.E’s sole distributor in Thailand. With each passing year, new product lines were added and KEC’s scope of activities spread from household appliances to electrical and engineering equipment, air conditioning, motor vehicles, manufacturing and, most importantly, healthcare.  The company has a fascinating success story. You can read more here.

Pyrexar to Deliver Hyperthermia Products to Viet Nam

Pyrexar Medical was invited to participate in the Hanoi 2018 - Investment and Development Cooperation event. This year's event included twenty four MoUs (Memoranda of Understanding) and investment certificates at a total value of 270 trillion VND (approx. $12 billion USD). During the ceremony, Pyrexar received an award from the ministry of heath and signed an agreement to deliver hyperthermia systems to government hospitals this year.

Mark Falkowski, CEO of Pyrexar Medical, receives award at the Hanoi Investment and Development event

Signing ceremony for MoU between Pyrexar Medical and Saint Paul General Hospital

Hanoi 2018 - Investment & Development Cooperation

Hanoi National Convention Center

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Around 1,500 representatives, including leaders of the government, ministries, international organizations and hundreds of investors and businesses were in attendance. The conference is a chance for the government to meet domestic and foreign investors, representatives of embassies, and international organizations, to attract more domestic and foreign investments in Hanoi and the rest of the country.

A special thank you to our new distributor for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Thai Thinh Medical of Hanoi City, for making this opportunity happen. The result; Pyrexar successfully signed agreements for placement of two BSD-500 Superficial Hyperthermia systems, a BSD-2000 Deep Regional Hyperthermia system and our newest BSD-2000 3D/MR Image Guided Thermal Therapy system to Hanoi High Tech and Digestive Center at St. Paul's Hospital and VinMec International Hospital, in Hanoi.

A Great Program at STM 2018

Society of Thermal Medicine (STM) Annual conference held at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson Arizona. Average daily temperature was 100˚F

Pyrexar displayed some new applicators for the BSD-2000 3D/MR, as well as an upgrade (touch monitor / software / temperature box) for the BSD-2000 family

The Sigma 30/MR is a MR compatible applicator for treating limbs and pediatric patients. The new design fits into the MRI table tray and can shift left and right for patient comfort. Like the Sigma Eye/MR it is removable allowing for general imaging use.

Martin Wadepohl of Senewald Medizintechnik presented "MR Thermometry: New Scanners - New Challenges" at the Modeling, Monitoring, Measuring and Computation section

(L to R) James Snider, MD, Jason Molitoris, MD, PhD, Emily Kowalski, MD, Jill Remick. MD, Zeljko Vujaskovic, MD. PhD - University of Maryland's radiation oncology group was in full force at the STM. Great presentations on hyperthermia!

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  • STM (Society of Thermal Medicine) Conference in Tucson, AZ
  • Over 100 presentations on thermal technologies and research
  • Hyperthermia = New business - Discover how hyperthermia increases the bottom line
  • New Pyrexar Applicators on display
  • Did I mention it was 103˚F in May

We just returned from a week-long STM conference in Tucson, Arizona (May 7-10, 2018). The theme of the meeting was "Temperature Matters". The thermometer reached 103˚F with a relative humidity of 5%... and "YES" it mattered!

There were over 100 presentations on thermal effect, including radiative hyperthermia, MR-guided thermal therapy, nano particles, HIFU, HIPEC, laser interstitial thermal therapy, immunology, cryotherapy and radio-biology. The common thread among all hyperthermia applications is that it is a valuable therapy in the treatment of cancer. But without financial rational and support, none of these technologies will reach the patient.

Hyperthermia = New business

We all care about results, but reimbursement is what gives you the ability to continue treating patients. That is why we wanted to highlight one presentation that stood out in our mind - "The Impact of Hyperthermia Therapy on Patient Referrals and Patterns of Care within a Radiation Oncology Department" by Dr. J. Remek from the University of Maryland Department of Radiation. In summary, actual reimbursement for a single hyperthermia treatment was less important than the additional services that a hyperthermia patient brings to the practice. Dr. Remek tallied all of the billable services rendered at the University of Maryland associated with its BSD-500 Superficial/Interstitial Hyperthermia System in the radiation oncology department (U of M is installing a BSD-2000 in their Proton Center). Of their sampling of patients who received hyperthermia, the additional radiation, imaging and care services increased their revenue stream by 15%-19%. Their reasoning is that new patients, referred from outside the hospitals network, increase billable services that they would not have received if they did not offer hyperthermia.

The STM conference is a intimate show, with 150-200 participants. Pyrexar sponsors the show, not to find customers, but as an effort to support hyperthermia research and the STM organization. We still like to show off what we have been up to and our small 10ft booth was packed with lots of new stuff.

STM booth numbered

  1. Our backdrop is an image of the new BSD-2000 3D/MR installed in Grosshardern University Hospital, Munich, Germany. It represents a significant advancement in Image Guided Thermal Therapy.  [Currently available in select EU countries]

  2. Elevated on a stand on the left is the Sigma Eye/MR applicator, (internally we call the Universal). The Universal code name represent the ability to quickly deploy our applicator onto any MR table with a form factor that will fit most, newer MRI systems. Previously, we would build a custom gantry for each MR model requiring significant engineering and time. Now hyperthermia can be provided in the active MRI, then removed quickly for traditional imaging. [Currently available in select EU countries]

  3. On the table to the left is the brand new Sigma 30/MR applicator. This applicator is often used to treat Soft Tissue Sarcoma of the limbs. Just in time for the JAMA release of the long term STS phase III clinical study recently published in JAMA. The 30cm bore applicator has also been used in pediatric cases of germ cell tumors. [Currently available in select EU countries]

  4. Next on the table is a new innovation for existing BSD-2000 users. We have a new large screen touch monitor and upgraded control software. The software has the same ability to monitor and control the heat zone, but the user interface has been formatted to more user-friendly.

  5. In front of the screen is the new temperature box. Repackaged to be user-friendly and less obtrusive, the temperature box features improved probe connectors and a probe calibration well similar to the BSD-500. Instead of a water bath, the user inserts the end of the probe into the well and initiates calibration. Quick and easy.

Last but not least..... Sorry we can not talk about the last item. We are currently in development of a new device. If you attend the ESHO show this week, you may get a closer look.

Pyrexar Bringing Hyperthermia to Việt Nam

We had the honor to introduce Pyrexar Medical's line of hyperthermia equipment and present the benefits of hyperthermia in the treatment of cancer, to a VIP delegation from Vietnam last week.  The presentation was held in Portland, Oregon while the group was in the US to investigate the latest medical device technologies.  Participants included the Vice President and Vice Chairman of Ủy ban nhân dân thành phố Hà Nội representing the Peoples's Committee of the Hanoi Government and representatives from VinMec International Hospital, and Hanoi High Tech and Digestive Center at St. Paul's Hospital in Hanoi.

Vietnam has one of south-east Asia's fastest-growing economies and continues to improve and expand its medical services to care for its citizens. With a population of 93 million, cancer treatment is a priority. The top five most frequent new cancers cases in Vietnam are the liver (17.6 %s), lung (17.5 %), stomach (11.4%), breast (8.9%) and colorectum (7% ) .  As hyperthermia re-emerges as a viable therapy, especially with data supporting immune response, the country's medical community is taking notice.

Pyrexar is currently in final negotiations with Dang Tran Dung, CEO of Thai Thinh Medicine, to represent our line of superficial and deep regional hyperthermia products in Vietnam. We hope to start the regulatory process with the Ministry of Health within the next 90 days.

 

 

 

Bringing Hyperthermia to Kuwait

Pyrexar traveled to Kuwait to address physicians at the Kuwait Cancer Control Center (KCCC). Founded in 1968, the KCCC is affiliated with the Kuwait Ministry of Health and is dedicated to provide Cancer Care across the State of Kuwait. The center utilizes all available resources to serve cancer patients with a wide selection of treatment modalities. We hope to see hyperthermia as a featured treatment option this year.

Ahmed El Ghamry, Business Unit Manager, MedVision | Mark Falkowski, CEO - Pyrexar Medical | Ali Rabie, Senior Product Specialist, MedVision at the GUG Exhibit

International Conference on Genitourinary & Gynecological Cancers - Kuwait Conference April 14-16

Salwa Sabah Al-Ahmad presentation hall at the Marina Hotel

Salwa Sabah Al-Ahmad Theater & Hall in Kuwait City

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While there, we joined our Middle East distribution partner Medvision at their booth at the GUG-KC (Genitourinary & Gyneclogical Cancers Kuwait Conference) held at the Salwa Sabah Al-Ahmad Theatre. The booth was visited by Dr. Mustafa Redah, Co-Minister of Health; Dr. Kholoud Al Ali, head of the KCCC; and Dr. Al Saleh, head of Radiation Oncology at KCCC. The group was very impressed by the new technologies Pyrexar has pioneered and the benefits of hyperthermia in the treatment of cancer.

A special thanks to the Medvision team for their generous hospitality during the event.

ESHO 2018 Meeting Update from Sennewald Medizintechnik

I wanted to share this recent communication from our colleagues at Sennewald Medizintechnik.


There are only a few weeks to go until the ESHO Meeting in Berlin and it is not too late to register via ESHO Congress website, if you have not already done so. We asked Dr. Pirus Ghadjar (ESHO 2018 Congress Organization) to outline the main highlights of the event.

Since the hyperthermia department at the Charité Universitätsmedizin in Berlin is one of the nine centers that contributed to the long-term results of the EORTC 62961-ESHO 95 trial recently published in JAMA Oncology Journal, we also asked Dr. Ghadjar some

more detailed questions about the trial. You will find his answers below.The hyperthermia systems used in the trial were provided by BSD/Pyrexar Medical, so we are pleased to point out that as a Diamond Sponsor of the ESHO Meeting, we are holding a Lunch Symposium on May 17 on “Pyrexar Innovations 2018”.

DR. GHADJAR  ABOUT -  ESHO 2018

Ghadjar.297x337JPGDr. Ghadjar, could you please summarize the highlights of the ESHO 2018 program?
I am pleased to say that the program of this year’s ESHO is very interesting and includes several highlights. For instance, the "abdominal tumor" session providing information on the latest treatment for pancreatic cancer and liver tumors and the use of hyperthermia to improve current treatment standards for abdominal tumors. The session on "MR-guided thermal therapies and applications" will summarize recent developments in MR thermometry as well as MR-based heat treatments. Another highlight -- among others -- will be the session on "Immune effects of hyperthermia and novel drug combinations" where the combination of hyperthermia and checkpoint inhibitors will be discussed.

The 2018 ESHO program also includes a one-day nurse/radiation therapist symposium, as well as a Patient Information Day, which will be held in German.

INTERVIEW DR. GHADJAR JAMA ONCOLOGY JOURNAL PUBLICATION

1. The EORTC 62961-ESHO 95 Trial was completed in November 2006. Why is JAMA Oncology only reporting now and what is the significance?

Long term data of the EORTC 62961-ESHO 95 trial comparing neoadjuvant chemotherapy vs. neoadjuvant regional hyperthermia plus chemotherapy for patients with localized high-risk soft tissue sarcoma was published by Issels et al. in February 2018 based on a median follow-up of 11.3 years. The recruitment of the total number of 341 patients was conducted from July 1997 to November 2006. The database for this analysis was closed in December 2014. The long follow-up duration is necessary to analyze potential differences in the secondary trial endpoint of overall survival. The significance of the results is that the addition of regional hyperthermia did not only improve local progression-free survival but also significantly improved overall survival as compared to neoadjuvant chemotherapy alone.

2. But why has it taken so long to publish the results?

Issels et al. closely analyzed their data after the database was closed. Due to the unique and convincing data, the manuscript was then submitted to high-impact medical journals and the process of manuscript review, re-submission and revision took time until the manuscript was accepted for publication by JAMA Oncology.

3. Is it true the study was prematurely halted? Were there negative results?

No, the predefined analysis plan as stated in the trial protocol was followed. The early trial results were published in Lancet Oncology in 2010, reporting that the primary trial endpoint local progression-free survival was significantly improved by neoadjuvant regional hyperthermia plus chemotherapy vs. neoadjuvant chemotherapy alone based on a median follow-up of 34 months. As the primary trial endpoint was significantly improved (as far back as 2010) the trial had to be regarded as a positive one. In 2010 the follow-up duration was not sufficient to detect potential differences in overall survival. Eight years later this has changed, and a significant overall survival benefit could be detected in favor of regional hyperthermia.

>Click here to read the rest of the interview regarding the JAMA Oncology publication

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Free Issue of the International Journal of Hyperthermia

Great opportunity to view the International Journal of Hyperthermia for free. Volume 34, Issue 2 has been set to "free access" until May 30th, 2018.

Issue highlights editorials and reviews on the role of thermal therapy with infectious diseases.  If you want access to all of the issues of the IJH, the most cost efficient way to become an STM or ESHO member.  Membership provides additional cost benefits to the corresponding conferences, but it also helps build and promote hyperthermia research and treatment expansion throught the world.

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May Hyperthermia Conference Events

A friendly reminder that the main Hyperthermia conference events in the US, Europe and ASIA, (STM, ESHO, ACHO) are right around the corner. These conferences are a gathering of the best in hyperthermia research and an excellent resource for those interested in the field of thermal oncology.

The 35th Annual Meeting of the Society for Thermal Medicine, 32nd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology and 7th Annual Asia Conference of Hyperthermic Oncology will provide an arena for presentations of latest data, concepts, and breakthroughs in our ever-expanding understanding of thermal medicine in the context of engineering, physics, materials science, and biology.

Keynote and Plenary speakers will highlight the extensive connections between physics, information science, biology, imaging, and the thermal state.

STM ESHO ACHO 2018

Who Should Attend?

  • Researchers in the field of thermal oncology
  • Clinicians, new to the field, who would like to talk with experts
  • Clinicians who want to expand their thermal oncology program
  • Medical Students that want to understand how hyperthermia may impact the future of medicine.
  • Pyrexar Distributors who want to expand their working knowledge of hyperthermia
  • Potential purchasers of hyperthermia equipment

Here are some dates to help you plan

  STM ESHO ACHO
Conference Dates: May 7-10 May 16-19 May 23-25
Location: Tuscon, Arizona Berlin, Germany Seoul, Korea
Venue: Westin La Paloma Resort Langenbeck-Virsho Hause The Catholic University
of Korea
Conference Pass: $650 - $1300 € 350 - €500 $235 USD
Hotel: $109 €149 - €218  
Show Website:

Hope to see you there!

Soft Tissue Sarcoma Patients Living Longer with Hyperthermia

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) just published a 10 year patient follow-up to a phase III clinical study on a Soft Tissue Sarcoma Study.

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With Invited Commentary - Technological Advances, Biologic Rationales, and the Associated Success of Chemotherapy With Hyperthermia in Improved Outcomes in Patients With Sarcoma by Mark W. Dewhirst, DVM, PhD; David Kirsch, MD, PhD

Under the organization of the European Society of Hyperthermic Oncology the study was conducted in 9 centers located in Germany, Norway, Austria and the United States using the BSD-2000 Deep Regional Hyperthermia System. This study enrolled 365 soft tissue sarcoma patients (18-70 years old) that were matched and entered into a double blind study. One group received neoadjuvant chemotherapy consisting of doxorubicin, ifosfamide, and etoposide [CT] treatment and the other group received the same chemotherapy along with a course of hyperthermia [HT].

For non-clinicians, we have done our best to provide the salient points in the above info-graphic. The full article can be found on the JAMA website here.

We feel that the results are astonishing. The HEADLINE: chemotherapy plus hyperthermia equals better results and extended life. #heatmatters

Pyrexar Expands into 13 Countries

13 new countries 2In our efforts to bring hyperthermia cancer treatment to the world, we are welcoming three new distribution, sales and service companies covering 13 countries.

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MedVision, a division of SADITA Holdings Group, is well known in the areas of cardiology, cardiac surgery and peripheral intervention products. The company will be representing Pyrexar Medical in their home country of Kuwait, as well as, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, UAE, Oman, Iraq & Iran. This represents a major expansion in the Middle East for Pyrexar and we are looking forward to growing with them.

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Tema Sinergie is based in Faenza, Italy in the coastal province of Ravenna. The company's motto is "high tech, high care" and they have certainly been living up to that vision.  Tema specializes in nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, uro-oncology, barrier solution technology and medical physics. The group has been serving the country's need for medical products for over 30 years. Hyperthermia is an excellent extension of their product line and we are excited to have them on our team.

meyra turkey logo

Meyra Medicine and Health Products, will be bringing Pyrexar Medical's hyperthermia product line to Turkey. Meyra, which translates to "shining star" is headquartered outside the coastal city of Izmir in the town of Kemalpasa, Turkey. In addition to sales and service support of hyperthermia, the company is also involved in ultrasound imaging products and proton therapy systems. Turkey is an emerging market economy with a healthy medical technology sector.

Please join us in welcoming our new members to the Pyrexar team.

STM and ESHO Event Reminder

A friendly reminder that the main Hyperthermia conference events in the US and Europe, STM and ESHO, are right around the corner. These conferences are a gathering of the best in hyperthermia research and an excellent resource for those interested in the field of thermal oncology.

The 35th Annual Meeting of the Society for Thermal Medicine and the 32nd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology will provide an arena for presentations of latest data, concepts, and breakthroughs in our ever-expanding understanding of thermal medicine in the context of engineering, physics, materials science, and biology.

Keynote and Plenary speakers will highlight the extensive connections between physics, information science, biology, imaging, and the thermal state.

stm esho 2018

Who Should Attend?

  • Researchers in the field of thermal oncology
  • Clinicians, new to the field, who would like to talk with experts
  • Clinicians who want to expand their thermal oncology program
  • Medical Students that want to understand how hyperthermia may impact the future of medicine.
  • Pyrexar Distributors who want to expand their working knowledge of hyperthermia
  • Potential purchasers of hyperthermia equipment

Here are some dates to help you plan

  STM ESHO
Conference Dates: May 7-10 May 16-19
Location: Tuscon, Arizona Berlin, Germany
Venue: Westin La Paloma Resort Langenbeck-Virsho Hause
Abstract Deadline:  Feb 28th March 16th
Submit Abstract:
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Mar 16th Feb 28th
Conference Pass: $650 - $1300 € 350 - €500
Hotel: $109 €149 - €218
Show Website:

Hope to see you there!

Pyrexar Entering the Middle East Marketplace

A few facts that I learned during my visit to Kuwait; 1) gas is fifth cheapest in the world 2) the temperature can get hot enough to melt your tires and 3) the region has excellent healthcare resources.

A local distributor, MedVision, is looking to bring hyperthermia to Kuwait and the surrounding region. MedVision, a division of SADITA Holdings Group, is considered one of the fast growing companies in this field. Established in 2010 they are considered the market leaders in the territory, representing well known companies in the cardiology, cardiac surgery and peripheral intervention.

Physicians gathered at the Kuwait Cancer Center to learn about advancements in hyperthermia.  In addition to Mark Falkowski's Pyrexar's product overview presentation, MedVision invited hyperthermia expert and Director of the division of Translational Radiation Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Zeljko Vujaskovic.

Ali Rabie, Senior Product Specialist, MedVision | Mark Falkowski, CEO - Pyrexar Medical | Ahmed El Ghamry, Business Unit Manager, MedVision

MedVision Headquarters, Safat, Kuwait

Dr. Zeljko Vujaskovic., Director of Translational Radiation Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Oncologist gather at Kuwait Cancer Center to hear how hyperthermia can assist them in the treatment of cancer

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Dr. Vujaskovic has published more than 150 articles and book chapters on radiation therapy, radiation injury, and hyperthermia topics. He has directed national and international research collaborations and is an active participant in cooperative group trials. He maintains an active clinical practice, with a focus on advanced treatment approaches in prostate cancer. His presentation “Principles of Hyperthermia in Cancer Treatment” was well received. "The more we can get oncologist engaged, the greater the chance hyperthermia will return to its place as a pillar of cancer treatment"

We are in negotiations with MedVision to become an authorized distributor for Kuwait with expansion into Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, UAE, Oman, Iraq & Iran.

ORR 2018

A reminder that he ORR (Oncoradiology, Radiology and Radiotherapy) Congress will be held in Moscow, Russia at the Holiday Inn from February 16-17, 2018. Representing Pyrexar Medical's hyperthermia product line will be our distributor Sennewald Medizintechnik, GmbH.

screenshot oncoradiology.ru 2017 12 11 11 49 01The main goal of the conference is to provide a platform for radiodiagnosticians, radiotherapists and medical physicists for education, ideas and experience exchange, discussion of actual issues and professional communication. For the first time ever traditional conferences such as “Radiodiagnosis Standards in Oncology”, “Radiotherapy in Oncology”, “Medical Physics in Oncology”, “Interventional Radiology in Oncology”, “Radionuclide Therapy in Oncology” and the conference with international participation “PET in Oncology” will be considered within the same event. In addition, for the first time the conference “Ultrasonic Diagnosis in Oncology”, dedicated to the memory of Professor S. Balter will be performed and discussion site for fundamental and theoretical problems in radiobiology will be provided.

A link to registration can be found here.

Where Have You Been? Trip Report : India

I just returned from a five day trip to India at the invitation of our distributor Kirloskar Technologies (KTPL). A special thanks to the planning and support of Mr. Ketan Desai, President of the Oncology Business at KTPL, for arranging the site visits and taking such good care of us. India is a very large market and can play an important role for growth of Pyrexar. To put the Indian market into perspective, the country represents just under 18% of the world population (1.34 billion population) packed into a land mass 1/3 the size of the US (323 million people). Treating the nation's cancer patients is a serious challenge.

Sasi Sekhar, KTPL Service Manager | Ketan Desai, President Oncology Business, KTPL | Dr. Geeta S Narayanan, Vydehi Institute | Mark Falkowski, CEO, Pyrexar Medical | Dr. Lokesh Viswanath | Dr. R. Vinaykumar

Mr. Sayan Bhattacharya | Dr. Jigna Bhattacharya, Assoc. Professor, Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute | Mark Falkowski, CEO, Pyrexar Medical | Ketan Desai, President Oncology Business, KTPL

Mark Falkowski, CEO, Pyrexar Medical | Dr. Nagraj Huilgol, Chief Radiation Oncologist, Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital | Ketan Desai, President Oncology Business, KTPL

Dr. Huilgol currently practicing at Nanavati. "Don't let the quaint exterior fool you, this is as modern a facility as any I have visited in the US" says Mark Falkowski

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The journey took us down the western coast of India where we visited with several key hospitals targeted to introduce our radiative hyperthermia product line to the country. From Ahmedabad in the Northwestern state of Gujarat, to the coastal city of Mumbai in Maharashtra, to the southern city of Bangalore in Karnataka.  Information was well received, but they all asked the same question "Where have you been". That question is a little difficult to answer as our products are well established in European nations, in the US , China and growing rapidly on the Korean peninsula.

Where have you been? Why isn't Pyrexar in India?

Pyrexar has seen tremendous growth in the last three years. The regulatory requirements to enter each new country are rigorous and we have been working quickly to bring proven hyperthermia treatment to the world. As we start filling the void, lesser technologies are pushed aside and replaced. The plain truth to why we are not active in India is that we did not have solid distribution partners, until now. Kirloskar Technologies has the technical understanding, product depth and reach, and a service team that can handle our product line. With this partnership in place, it is possible to bring our systems to market in India.

One of the highlights of the trip was my meeting with Dr. Nagraj Huilgol. As you may know, Dr. Huilgol is a hyperthermia advocate and researcher with more than 100 publications in national and international journals. He was lead researcher in a phase III clinical study on head and neck cancer using capacitive hyperthermia. His CV includes Chief Editor of the Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics (JCRT) and a member of editorial boards of the Indian Journal of Cancer, Indian Journal of Head and Neck Cancer, International Journal of Hyperthermia and official journal of ASHO, ESHO and NAHO. Having this well known hyperthermia expert as a luminary will help usher hyperthermia into India.

 

Advanced Medical Transfers Japan Distribution Rights to Fingall-Link

We are proud to announce the signing of Finggal Link Co. Ltd, headquartered in Tokyo, as our new distributor in Japan. Through the combined efforts of Mr. Masaaki Inoue of Advanced Medical and the regulatory group at Finggal Link, we hope to reinvigorate the product line in Japan.

In the 1980's and 1990's, there were approximately twenty BSD-1000 units installed in Japan. The BSD-1000 is the predecessor to the products we have today. In 1993, the sales distributor for Japan was disolved, leaving a product registration void that was never re-established. With this new effort, we hope to introduce the new Pyrexar product line and revive the use of hyperthermia for the treatment of cancer in Japan.

finggal link signingMasaaki Nagone-CEO, Finggal Link; Mark Falkowski - CEO, Pyrexar Medical; Kenji Hirayama - Director, Int'l Affairs and RA/QA, Finggal Link
Dr. Tetsuya Furukawa - Director, Medical Division, at Finggal Link, will head the clinical introduction efforts at major hospitals throughout the country. A special thanks to Dr. Hayes and the thermal oncology team at Gamma West Cancer Services in Salt Lake City for allowing Dr. Furukawa to observe a Head and Neck Brachytherapy and Hyperthermia treatment at the St. Mark's location. Gamma West is a great asset to the medical community in Utah, and throughout the intermountain region, providing lifesaving and life changing procedures for cancer patients.

Finggal link at gamma westMasakki Innoue - Advanced Medical Systems; Dr. John Hayes - Gamma West Cancer Services; Paul Turner - Pyrexar Medical; Dr. Tetsuya Furukawa - Finggal Link

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