MagForce AG (Frankfurt, Scale, XETRA: MF6, ISIN: DE000A0HGQF5), a leading medical device company in the field of nanomedicine focused on oncology, announced that the installation of their mobile NanoTherm treatment center at the Independent Public Clinical Hospital No. 4 in Lublin, Poland, one of the most prestigious brain tumor treatment centers in Poland, has been completed. Following the successful final inspection of the center by the regulatory authority, Prof. Dr. hab. n. med. Tomasz Trojanowski, Head and Chairman of the Neurosurgery and Paediatric Neurosurgery Departments, State Consultant in Neurosurgery and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Minister of Health, together with Prof. Dr. hab. n. med. Radoslaw Rola a new Head and Chairman of the Neurosurgery and Paediatric Neurosurgery Departments in SPSK4 in Lublin, and their renowned medical team of qualified and experienced doctors and nurses will perform the treatments.
The Independent Public Clinical Hospital No. 4 in Lublin is the first hospital outside of Germany to offer MagForce’s NanoTherm therapy for the commercial treatment of brain tumor patients. The cooperation agreement, announced in June of 2018, is part of MagForce's European roll-out plan which aims to provide brain cancer patients with faster access to the therapy after diagnosis. To provide such accelerated treatment options, MagForce has developed a mobile solution for the placement of NanoActivator devices enabling the Company to place the devices more quickly and cost-effectively in further European countries by avoiding protracted construction and allowing for easy integration into the existing hospital infrastructure.
“Our team, Prof. Radoslaw Rola and I are extremely pleased with the successful completion of the installment and the positive audit from the regulatory authorities that will now allow us to commence commercial treatment, making NanoTherm therapy available to patients from Poland and other surrounding countries. The need for innovation in neuro-oncology is unmistakable as current treatments for brain tumors – including brain surgery, radiation and chemotherapy – often are not successful at eliminating all of the cancer cells from the brain. As one of the leading brain treatment centers in Poland, we are proud to be the first to offer an additional treatment option based on this highly innovative technology which has the potential to become a valuable option for patients diagnosed with the disease”, said Prof. Trojanowski, Head and Chairman of the Departments of Neurosurgery and Paediatric Neurosurgery at Independent Public Clinical Hospital No. 4.“Due to the mobile solution offered by MagForce we were able to rapidly integrate the NanoActivator device into our existing hospital infrastructure, without the need for reconstruction. We are excited to continue working together with MagForce to make NanoTherm therapy available to patients suffering from this devastating disease.”
The NanoTherm treatment center at the Independent Public Hospital No. 4 in Lublin will allow Polish patients to be treated with NanoTherm therapy in their home country. Due to the aggressive nature of glioblastoma, timely availability is a decisive factor in the treatment of brain tumors as there is only a narrow window for patients to receive treatment. With more than 50% of all patient inquiries who could qualify for NanoTherm therapy coming from, Poland, Poland, together with Germany and Italy make up a key market for MagForce’s NanoTherm therapy within Europe.
The collaboration with Independent Public Clinical Hospital No. 4 in Lublin will be supported by the efforts of the Alivia Cancer Foundation, Poland. The Foundations’s mission is to mobilize, empower and educate cancer patients as well as give them the tools and necessary means to make decisions regarding their own health.
“According to estimations, every fourth inhabitant of Poland is diagnosed with cancer during their life, and every fifth will die from it. Although therapeutic improvements have been achieved in recent years, access to new and innovative therapies as well as effective treatment options in Poland is still limited. As a result, the average Pole has a lower chance to survive 5 years with cancer compared to citizens of other European countries”, said Bartosz Polinski, CEO of Alivia Cancer Foundation. “We are committed to support patients from Poland to gain access to novel approaches for the treatment of brain tumors. NanoTherm is a promising, novel approach to the treatment of brain cancer - stand alone or for the enhancement of effects of standard therapy. We are delighted that patients diagnosed with the disease will soon be able to have faster and easier access to this therapy.”
About Independent Public Clinical Hospital No. 4 in Lublin, Poland
The Independent Public Clinical Hospital No. 4 in Lublin is the largest hospital in Lublin Province, comprising 22 highly specialised clinics and providing learning and research facilities for the Medical University in Lublin. The hospital serves patients from Lublin province as well as from other regions of the country and abroad. Over 1,600 patients receive surgery yearly, and about 6,000 consultations are given in an outpatient neurosurgical clinic.
In July 2010, due to high quality of the provided services and extensive treatment and diagnosis facilities, by the decision of the Minister of Health, the IPC Hospital no. 4 became a Trauma Centre for Lublin Province. In 2012 the hospital became one of the few hospitals in Poland that own a positron emission tomography scanner (PET).
About MagForce AG and MagForce USA, Inc.
MagForce AG, listed in the Scale segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (MF6, ISIN: DE000A0HGQF5), together with its subsidiary MagForce USA, Inc. is a leading medical device company in the field of nanomedicine focused on oncology. The Group's proprietary NanoTherm® therapy enables the targeted treatment of solid tumors through the intratumoral generation of heat via activation of superparamagnetic nanoparticles.
NanoTherm®, NanoPlan®, and NanoActivator® are components of the therapy and have received EU-wide regulatory approval as medical devices for the treatment of brain tumors. MagForce, NanoTherm, NanoPlan, and NanoActivator are trademarks of MagForce AG in selected countries.