Bangalore, Aug. 19
Bangalore-based medical electronics research company Scalene Cybernetics Ltd has said it will soon start exporting its novel therapeutic device for cancer and osteoarthritis to Europe and Canada.
Called the Cytotron, the device is non-invasive, looks like a MRI scanner, costs Rs 2.5 crore and has just received certifications from the European and Canadian regulators, said Dr Rajah Vijay Kumar, its inventor and Chairman of Scalene. Scalene started production last month and would initially export 15 devices in batches to European hospitals till December this year, he said at a news conference here on Wednesday. Canada would follow. A few early versions have been installed at Malaysian hospitals.
The Cytotron, which acts on cancer tissue growth, is now accepted as a cancer therapy option along with surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, he said. “With this technology, we are looking at arresting cancer growth, stop its spread from organ to organ and provide a better quality of life.” Tested on nearly 140 terminal-stage cancer patients during clinical trials, it has shown to improve survival rate in 52 per cent of the cases and improved quality of life in 92 per cent of them. Orders are expected also from West Asia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Mexico.