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Pyrexar presents Lifetime Achievement Awards at ICHO

pyrexar award 2016Dr. Gerhard Sennewald, Paul TurnerThe International Congress of Hyperthermic Oncology (ICHO) is a quadrennial event bringing together the annual gatherings of the Society of Thermal Medicine (STM), European Society of Hyperthermic Oncology (ESHO) and the Asian Society of Hyperthermic Oncology (ASHO) to a common venue.  Clinicians and Researchers from around the world gather to share their findings on the effect of hyperthermia (heat) as a weapon in the fight against cancer.

At this event, Pyrexar was honored to present their Lifetime Achievement Award to individuals whose contributions to the field have directly affected the survival of those with life threatening cancer. 

The first recipient of the Pyrexar LTA award is Paul Turner, considered the father of phased array radio frequency hyperthermia.  Holder of multiple patents in the arena of thermal therapy, Paul has been working in the field for almost 40 years and his contributions to cancer therapies are realized in the entire Pyrexar Medical product line.

The second recipient, Gerhard Sennewald, PhD, is the president of Sennewald Medizintechnik GmbH in Munich, Germany.  A long time board member of the former BSD Medical and current Pyrexar Medical.  His relationships with the European cancer treatment community and his team of engineers, are instrumental in the development of Image Guided Thermal Therapy. IGTT uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging to determine tumor core temperature to guide the application of hyperthermia in the treatment of cancer.

"We are so fortunate to have these gentlemen associated with Pyrexar" says Mark Falkowksi, CEO. "Their integrity, focus and passion has given the world a technology that is for the greater good.” We look forward to future contributions toward the development of new, innovative and exciting technologies in the fight against cancer.

Update: Pyrexar Day Speaker Schedule

Pyrexar Day is April 11th, 2016 at this year's ICHO in New Orleans.  We have some last minute updates to our speaker schedule.  We will be hosting a "working lunch" starting at 12:15p.  Looking forward to seeing you at the event.

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Pyrexar Day Event Calendar - April 11, 2016
8:30a - 9:00a Meet and Greet - Refreshments
9:00a - 9:15a Welcome to Pyrexar Day - Mark Falkowski, CEO
9:15a - 10:00a Hyperthermia: A maturing technology moving toward more focused heating - Gerard Van Rhoon, PhD., Erasmus Hospital, Netherlands
10:00a - 10:45a Exploration of BSD-2000 System Applied to Clinical Treatment of Tumors – Dr. Sun Jinghua, Associate Professor, 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University
10:45a - 11:30p Comprehensive Thermal Oncology Program at the University of Maryland: External, Interstitial and Proton Thermal Therapy - Dr. Zeljko Vujaskovic, University of Maryland Medical Center
11:30p - 12:15p New Product Announcement & Presentation – Jason Ellsworth, VP Pyrexar Medical
12:30p – 1:15p Capacitive vs Phased Array Hyperthermia - Paul Turner, CTO Pyrexar Medical
1:15p – 2:00p

Hyperthermia and Pancreatic Cancer; Adjunct to Radiation, Chemotherapy or Both - Dr. Curt Heese, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Philadelphia

2:00p – 2:45p

Using Chemotherapy plus Hyperthermia for Advanced Liver Cancer - Xiao Shaowen, Associate Chief Physician. Beijing University

2:45p – 3:30p Quality Assurance of MR-Guided Deep Regional Hyperthermia in Children with Cancer – Dr. Ruediger Wessalowski Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany
3:30p – 4:15p Hyperthermia Adjunct to Chemotherapy Sarcoma Study - Dr. Rolf Issels, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
4:15p - 5:00p Hyperthermia with Proton Therapy: The thermoradiobiological basis and the early results from HYPROSAR study – Dr. Niloy Datta, Ksantonsspital Aarau
5:00p - 5:45p  Concepts For Future Deep Phased Array Systems - Paul Turner, CTO Pyrexar Medical
 6:00p  Pyrexar Award Presentation

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EVENT LOCATION: Intercontinental Hotel New Orleans, 444 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Pyrexar Celebrates its First Year

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From The Desk of Mark Falkowski, CEO Pyrexar Medical

As Pyrexar Medical celebrates it first anniversary, I reflect on the amazing achievements of the past year.  Our products are being represented in over 50 countries in the world, with many more in line for distribution. Hyperthermia is on the precipice of a cancer fighting revolution.

I want to acknowledge those who have pioneered ahead of us, testing, focusing and perfecting the treatment systems into what we have today.  To those in research for discovering the biology of the immune system that reveals why heating cancer tumors is so successful. To the patient advocates that challenge our medical system in the U.S. by demanding hyperthermia. And to the doctors, all over the world, that reach out for new, better and more effective ways to treat cancer.

And most importantly, I want to thank the Pyrexar Team for sharing this same vision. I recall a Confucius quote “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” We all realize that every system that ships out of this facility is changing the life of a patient and a family.  I am proud to know we have built a company where we can make a difference.

The world is beginning to embracing the technology of heat and we will continue to prove... Thermal Therapy Works.  Immunology is our next frontier.

 

CE•lebration at Pyrexar

CE Celebration

The Pyrexar team is celebrating their new ISO 13485 Certification and CE re-certification today. ISO 13485 represents the requirements for a comprehensive quality management system for the design and manufacture of medical devices.  The ISO standard is also a required compliance to do business in the European Union. The CE mark,  a mandatory conformity marking for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1985, allows Pyrexar to ship medical devices to any of the 27 Member States of the EU.  Much like the FDA clearance in the U.S., the CE mark is well respected and plays a key role in acceptance with regulatory agencies of other nations.

New Speakers Added to Pyrexar Day Schedule

We are proud to announce two new additions to the ICHO/Pyrexar Day event calendar.

Curt HeeseDr. Curt Heese, board-certified radiation oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Philadelphia. Dr. Heese will be sharing his experiences using Pyrexar Hyperthermia systems as an adjunct therapy to treat pancreatic cancer.

 

 

Niloy DattaDr. Niloy Datta, oncologist and prolific researcher in the field of hyperthermia at Kantonspital Aarau AG, Aarau, Switzerland.  Dr. Niloy Data will be sharing early results from a multi-institutional phaseI/II clincal study "Hyperthermia and Proton Therapy in Unresectable Soft Tissue Sarcoma (HYPROSAR).

Our goal is to make hyperthermia the "standard of care" in the treatment of cancer.  Please join us in spreading the word.

 

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Pyrexar preparing to bring Hyperthermia Cancer Therapy to Cuba

west indiesPlease welcome our new distribution partner,  Clinitech Company Ltd,  bringing the hyperthermia technologies into Cuba, the West Indies, Panama and Venezuela.

Cancer deaths are high (138 per 100,000) in Cuba, according to World Life Expectancy.com, an organization that tracks death causality throughout the world.  Cuba cancer stats rank 31 in the world, slightly lower than the UK, and several points higher than the USA.   According to a study in 2001-2003 by the National Cancer Registry, Lung, Prostate, Throat and Colon had high incidence in men, while Breast, Cervix, Lung and Colon cancers were the most prevalent in women.

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Clinitech will be providing sales and service for the Pyrexar family of Superficial, Interstitial and Deep Regional Hyperthermia devices. Leading their team is Ross University School of Medicine, Oncology Professor, Dr. Kamal Malaker, who has successfully used Hyperthermia technology in the treatment of cancer. “We are excited to bring this relatively under-explored, under utilized, well proven, life-saving technology to the region.” says Wazir Mohammed, Clinitech’s President.

The distribution territory includes: Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Ecstasies. St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Maarten, St Vincent. Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. Turks and Caicos. US Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. Croix, St John), Venezuela. Visit the "How to Buy" page for contact information.

"It is important that Pyrexar continues our expansion to insure our cancer fighting system is offered worldwide, to all cancer patients" - Mark Falkowski, CEO.

Today’s Big Deal is a Big Deal

new building introJust under a year ago, Pyrexar purchased the hyperthermia device group from Perseon Medical (formerly BSD Medical).  As part of the original purchase agreement, Perseon acquired 19.9% of our company along with royalties on future sales of the BSD-2000, our flagship product.  Royalties alone were estimated at $4 million over the next three years.

Today, we purchased that ownership back! 

Pyrexar is whole again and continuing to grow and move forward.  Every single department in the company has made incredible strides in efficiency, productivity and expansion.  The details may not be an interesting read, but they go along way to make Pyrexar a very successful business case study.

Here are some highlights!

New Distribution - Added nine new international distribution companies to our channel with several more in negotiation bringing our sales coverage to 31 countries

Revamped Manufacturing Workflow - We increased the speed of our manufacturing process by 600%.

Regulatory Process - Added TFDA (Taiwan FDA), KFDA (Korean FDA), TUV Rheinland and RoHs compliance to our process.

Engineering Updates - Manufacturing processes are being re-engineered to be more efficient and cost effective. Plus, we are well into a product road-map of new and exciting thermal therapy products

These improvements, along with a laundry list of incremental achievements, makes the company more organized, cost efficient, proactive and flexible.

Thank you for helping us continue the work that brings life-saving hyperthermia to cancer patients around the world.

Treating patients with Hyperthermia in New Taipei City

mackay memorial hospitalAfter passing the rigorous clearance process with the TFDA, (Taiwan Food and Drug Administration), a Pyrexar BSD-2000 Deep Regional Hyperthermia system is now installed and treating patients at MacKay Memorial Hospital in New Taipei City, Taiwan. On-site to provide hands-on training, and treat the first series of patients, was well-respected physician and researcher Dr. Jacobi van der Zee from Erasmus University Hospital-Daniel den Hoed Cancer Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Dr. van der Zee is recognized as a world leader in hyperthermia with a long list of published papers and clinical studies.

The news quickly reached nearby hospitals creating lines of doctors and clinicians daily to see the new device in action.  Integral to bringing this life-saving treatment to Taiwan was the team from Lindenbiotech and its president Tainang Huang, Ph.D.  “Having this first installation on the island is important to the health and wellbeing of the people of Taiwan,” says Dr. Huang “Cancer is a very serious threat to our population which now exceeds 23 million and effects 1 in every 223 people”.  

We are hopeful that this first of several installations planned for Taiwan this year will begin to positively affect the people of that region.

Magna Medic Making a Difference in Spain

magna sign 2016Our distributor in Spain invited Mark Falkowski, CEO of Pyrexar, to participate in a conference sponsored by the Spanish Societies of Radiation Oncology (SEOR) Hyperthermia Group.  Oncologists from the area converged in Málaga, Spain, to talk about a new type of adjunct cancer treatment. They gathered to learn about the positive clinical trials and growing success that surrounds a specific type of thermal therapy, rf (radio frequency) hyperthermia. Energy is directed deep into the body then focused and steered by adjusting wave frequency and amplitude resulting in targeted “fever” magna clinic frontdesktemperature (41-42C) at the tumor site.  Heat sensitizes and improves blood flow at the tumor site, which in turn, increases the amount of chemotherapy that reaches inside the tumor. Blood flow also brings oxygen to these hypoxic (without oxygen) cancer tumors, increasing the effectiveness of radiation therapy.  Phase 3 clinical studies demonstrate that hyperthermia, along with chemotherapy or radiotherapy, increases tumor control of up to 300% when compared to radiotherapy or chemotherapy alone.

magna clinic frontThanks to regional groups like the SEOR and companies like Magna Medic, this newest cancer fighter will be available in the near future. “Facilities, like Clínica Ruber Internacional (Madrid), Vithas Xanit International Hospital (Málaga), Instituto Valenciano de Oncología (Valencia) and Centro Médico Teknon (Barcelona)” are the types of progressive institutions that look for cancer treatment innovations” says Felix Navarro, Medical Physicist at the Magna Clinic Marbella, “We are very experienced with hyperthermia in our own clinic, and we look forward to sharing our successes with the country”

In preparation for the expected technology growth in hyperthermia cancer treatment sector, Magna Medic has signed a 6 year, $3 million (USD) distribution contract with hyperthermia device maker Pyrexar Medical. “We are excited to see cancer patients get the treatment they deserve,” says Mark Falkowski, Pyrexar CEO, “and we could not find a more capable partner than Magna Medic”.

 

City of Dubai, like no other

arab health montageWe had a great week in Dubai at the Arab Health show.  Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. The 2016 exhibition showcased more than 4,000 companies exhibiting their latest innovations to more than 130,000 healthcare professionals attending from 163 countries.

AB Care

A special thanks to our newly signed distributor, AB Care Medical out of Egypt. This agreement represents a $3 million commitment to the hyperthermia product line over the next 6 years. AB Care was founded with a resolute purpose that is to represent prominent manufacturers to influence the Egyptian market and be its leaders. It has offices in Cairo, Alexandria, Mansour,and Assiut.  

AB Care provided a last minute opportunity to bring the Pyrexar message into their booth.  They are very knowledgeable and experienced in the medical device market and bring a great enthusiasm for hyperthermia as a front line cancer treatment. To learn more about our new partners, visit their website at www.ab-care.com

Pyrexar continues to build a strong presence in the middle east.  With the addition of Egypt we now have representation in Azerbaijan, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE. It was an amazing show located in an amazing city and we will be back next year.

Benefits of Hyperthermia for Head and Neck Cancers

Change the OddsPublished last month in the International Journal of Hyperthermia, N. Datta, S.Rogers, S.G. Ordonez, E. Puric and S. Bodis review and analyze ~30 years of studies conducted to evaluate the outcome of controlled clinical trials in head and neck cancers (HNCs) using hyperthermia and radiotherapy versus radiotherapy alone.

The article titled “Hyperthermia and radiotherapy in the management of head and neck cancers: A systematic review and meta-analysis” finds level 1 evidence of the efficacy of HTRT (Hyperthermia + Radiotherapy) over RT (Radiotherapy alone) in the treatment of Head and Neck Cancers.  

The most recent study in 2014 by Wen et provided data demonstrating that HT+RT was one and half times more effective than RT alone.  Of the 6 studies evaluated the benefit of Hyperthermia as an adjunct treatment had an overall benefit ratio of 1.6.

The evidence that Hyperthermia is an important cancer treatment therapy continues to grow.  Adding heat to radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy, shrinks tumors and increases sensitivity to traditional cancer therapies without adding toxicity.  Thermal Therapy Works!

Hyperthermia Back in the National News

Wall Street Journal Article

The Wall Street Journal just published an article on Hyperthermia’s resurgence in the medical scene. Although the article lacks to mention some of the amazing results that this therapy produces in cervical, bladder, pancreatic, melanoma, ovarian, breast, esophageal, prostate and head/neck cancers (to name a few), it at minimum brings hyperthermia back in the spot light.  READ THE ARTICLE

The article mentions some studies in the 90’s where outcomes were not as stellar as they are today. This may be due to early lab built equipment and poor protocols had much to do with that data. Today, with our BSD-500 Superficial/Interstitial and BSD-2000 Deep Regional systems at the center of many important phase III medical trials, results can be 2 to 3 times greater when adding hyperthermia to chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Immunology is the real story here. The body is a wonderful cancer fighting device. Heating the cancerous tumors to fever temperatures (42-42˚C) appears to unmask cancer from the bodies immune system. We will see results of this ongoing research and study of the immunological effect in the near future.

Resources: Fever and the thermal regulation of immunity: the immune system feels the heat; Sharon S. Evans,Elizabeth A. Repasky& Daniel T. Fisher

RSNA in Review: Big Results for Pyrexar

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This year the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) held in Chicago attracted an estimated 55,0000 medical professionals from around the world.  Wandering through the maze of displays by medical device manufacturers were an army of international distributors looking for something new.

“Something new” seemed to be the theme of the five day event and hyperthermia seemed to fit the bill.  The show provided a personal introduction and interaction platform that no brochure, website or email can reproduce.  Key players from Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East passed through the booth to learn about the amazing benefits that hyperthermia had to offer.

In addition to the wealth of business opportunities, medical and technical students had the opportunity to see and touch the equipment with which they may one day participate. As the only representative company for this particular therapy at the show, we felt great privilege in participating in the educational process.

Overall the show was a great success.  Some incredible business relationships were formed and some big deals solidified. But you will need to wait a bit before we can reveal that news.

Pyrexar Heading to the RSNA

RSNA15 mapThis year the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) will hold its annual meeting in Chicago marking the organization's 100th anniversary.  The RSNA is the world's largest annual medical meeting with attendance estimated at 55,000 people.  The five day event includes two large exhibition halls presenting medical device products and a full schedule of presentations and education.  The program starts Sunday, Nov 29th and runs thru Thursday Dec. 3rd.

Since this is a really big show, I have included a map Link to help you find us. Our booth, #6563, is located in the far end of North Building, Hall B, just past the end of the Philips booth and directly across from North Cafe.

In addition to our booth and sales team, you may be interested in a lecture by Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD from Duke University Medical Center. "Lessons Learned from XRT/Hyperthermia | VISIO41-03” will discuss how hyperthermia compliments the ability of radiotherapy to kill cancer cells include a review of the more than a dozen positive phase III cancer trials; and provide new insights on how hyperthermia affects the process of DNA damage repair.

Lessons Learned from XRT/Hyperthermia
    Wednesday 1:55-2:10 PM | VSIO41-03 | S405AB

PARTICIPANTS:
Mark W. Dewhirst, DVM, PhD durham, NC (Presenter)
Stockholder, Celsion Corporation Research Grant, Biomimetix Corporation Research Grant, Johnson & Johnson Consultant, Nevro Corp Consultant, Merck KGaA Consultant, Siva Corporation

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
1) Understand the complimentary interactions between hyperthermia and radiotherapy that increase cell killing. 2) Understand importance of measuring temperature during heating and methods for how this is accomplished. 3) Be able to articulate how hyperthermia affects tumor physiology and how these effects influence treatment responses.

ABSTRACT
There are more than a dozen positive phase III trials showing that hyperthermia can increase local tumor control when it is combined with radiotherapy. Such trials include head and neck cancer, cervix cancer, GBM, esophageal cancer and chest wall recurrences of breast cancer. It has been known for more than two decades that hyperthermia augments the cytotoxicity of radiotherapy. Basic tenants underlying this interaction include proof that hyperthermia inhibits DNA damage-repair. Hyperthermia has complimentary cytotoxicity with radiotherapy in different parts of the cell cycle. Further, hyperthermia can increase tumor perfusion, thereby increasing oxygen delivery; lack of oxygen is a source of relative resistance to radiotherapy. In recent years, however, new insights have been made into how these two treatment modalities interact. These insights come from: 1) innovative clinical trials involving functional imaging and genomics and 2) examination of how hyperthermia affects the process of DNA damage repair. These developments point the way toward new methods to further therapeutic gain by taking advantage of cellular responses to these therapies.

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