Four weeks ago, the ABC News department at Salt Lake City's Good4Utah Channel 4 followed us to a Hyperthermia Oncology Conference in New Orleans. The news crew was looking to answer one question, "Why was hyperthermia cancer treatment therapy was so underutilized in the state?" Especially in a state where hyperthermia equipment has been manufacturered for the last 34 years. Instead of flying around the world, they decided to visit the one place where experts in the field would be gathering, the ICHO.
The ICHO (International Conference for Hyperthermia Oncology) is a quadrennial meeting of the ASHO (Asian Society of Hyperthermic Oncology) the ESHO (European Society of Hyperthermic Oncology) and the STM (Society of Thermal Medicine - USA). It is a place where experts in the field gather to share studies and challenge one another. United by one goal, defeat cancer.
The ABC news team included reporter Nadia Crow, videographer/editor John Eulberg and VP/GM of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Richard Doutrè Jones. This video is their first installment "History of Hyperthermia". Follow the story link for a complete transcript. Video included in this post, courtesy of Good4Utah.com.
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Four weeks ago, the ABC News department at Salt Lake City's Good4Utah Channel 4 followed us to a Hyperthermia Oncology Conference in New Orleans. Here is the promo the station aired ahead of the story
The ABC news team included reporter Nadia Crow, videographer/editor John Eulberg and VP/GM of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Richard Doutrè Jones. Video included in this post, courtesy of Good4Utah.com.
Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 • Part 4
Dr. 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.
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.
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
|| Pyrexar Award Presentation
EVENT LOCATION: Intercontinental Hotel New Orleans, 444 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
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.
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.
We are proud to announce two new additions to the ICHO/Pyrexar Day event calendar.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Please 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.
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.
Just 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.
After 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.