Bet­ter prod­ucts to treat can­cer

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

A med­i­cal de­vice man­u­fac­turer is work­ing in a con­sor­tium of 20 com­pa­nies in­clud­ing tech­nol­ogy giants Phillips and Siemens to cre­ate new prod­ucts to im­prove can­cer treat­ment.

In­te­grated Tech­nolo­gies Lim­ited, known as ITL Group, which has a base in Elling­ham Way, Ash­ford hopes to de­velop an im­proved can­cer imag­ing de­vice to iden­tify the size of tu­mours.

The firm will man­u­fac­ture pro­to­types based on de­signs by King’s Col­lege Lon­don, which will be pre­sented to Har­vard Med­i­cal School this sum­mer.

For the project, funded by the EU Hori­zon 2020 scheme, ITL has been tri­alling a 3D printer to de­velop plas­tic com­po­nents.

ITL me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer Dan Hol­lands said: “This has been a very cre­ative project for us and we’ve re­ceived great feed­back on our progress.”

Ste­fan Hoelzl from King’s Col­lege Lon­don said: “Team­work and col­lab­o­ra­tion is the key to achiev­ing won­der­ful things. To­gether with the ITL Group we’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to im­prove on the pro­to­type, which now pro­vides faster re­sults than any­one ini­tially ex­pected.”

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