OncoBeta GmbH and Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation sign Letter of Intent to establish manufacturing site in Australia
Innovative medical device Rhenium-SCT therapy for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer to be produced in Australia
Innovative medical device Rhenium-SCT® therapy for non-melanoma skin cancer to be produced in Australia
Garching n. Munich, Germany and Lucas Heights, NSW, Australia – OncoBeta® GmbH, a commercial stage medical device company specialized in innovative epidermal radioisotope therapies for non-melanoma skin cancers and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), are pleased to announce that they have signed a Letter of Intent to establish manufacturing and distribution in Australia for OncoBeta’s novel Rhenium-SCT® therapeutic.
ANSTO is the leader in nuclear science in Australia and has extensive experience in the manufacturing of radiopharmaceutical diagnostics, therapies and medical devices, they are the perfect partner for OncoBeta to work with to introduce the Rhenium-SCT® product to Australia. Together, the parties will achieve a key milestone, bringing the production of Rhenium-SCT® closer to Australians suffering of non-melanoma skin cancer. OncoBeta is currently in the process of securing Australian Market Approval for its product.
The global incidence of non-melanoma skin cancers has been drastically increasing over the past decades. It is estimated that there are over 5 million non-melanoma skin cancer cases reported globally each year. Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Australia with over 500,000 people each year being diagnosed with one or more of these cancers.
ANSTO General Manager Business Development and Commercialization, Rosanne Robinson stated, “ANSTO is proud to partner with OncoBeta to establish local manufacturing of Rhenium-SCT® and to continue delivering on our core mission of improving the health of Australians and supporting industry. ANSTO has a long-standing relationship with OncoBeta and look foward Australian patients having access to their innovative therapy for non-melanoma skin cancers. OncoBeta will join our growing nandin innovation community, focussed on attracting entrepreneurs, early stage start-ups and innovative companies who want to leverage the opportunity to be co-located with ANSTO and to access our unique expertise in the nuclear industry.”
Nicholas H. Vetter, Chief Operating Officer of OncoBeta® GmbH stated: “We are incredibly excited to start extending our production footprint to Australia. It’s a great pleasure to work towards solidifying a partnership with ANSTO so we can do our jobs: to bring the Rhenium-SCT® to large patient populations suffering of non-melanoma skin cancer. With this partnership we can finally move beyond trying to service the market from our other production sites in Europe or South Africa. It’s a perfect time to expand our business.”
About the Rhenium-SCT® (Skin Cancer Therapy)
The Rhenium-SCT® is a non-invasive, painless therapy generally providing for unparalleled aesthetic results, even in cases otherwise considered difficult to treat. The Rhenium-SCT® utilizes the radioisotope Rhenium-188 in an epidermal application with optimal properties for the treatment of NMSCs (non-melanoma skin cancers). Due to the specially designed devices and accessories the Rhenium-SCT® compound never comes in direct contact with the patients’ skin and the application is safe and simple for the applying physician. Most cases of non-melanoma skin cancers (Basal Cell Carcinomas and Squamous Cell Carcinomas) can be treated using the Rhenium-SCT® with a single application, applied in one single session. Scar-free healing of the treated lesion area and the regeneration of healthy tissue occurs usually within a few weeks after treatment.
ANSTO leverages great science to deliver big outcomes. We partner with a broad range of industry partners to apply new technologies to provide real-world benefits. Our work improves human health, saves lives, builds our industries and protects the environment. ANSTO is the home of Australia’s most significant landmark and national infrastructure for research. Thousands of scientists from industry and academia benefit from gaining access to state-of-the-art instruments every year.
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