European Inventor Award 2013 - Yves Jongen (Lifetime Achievement)
In the fight against cancer, proton radiation offers a far more targeted and gentle alternative to X-rays, which can cause significant damage to healthy cells and lose intensity on their way through the body.
Engineer Yves Jongen greatly advanced proton therapy for cancer and made it available to a much larger number of people. To reduce the cost and boost the use of proton therapy, he pioneered the construction of a compact and efficient version of the proton-generating device called the ‘cyclotron', which was designed for clinical and therapeutic use.
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||The figures are alarming. Throughout the world, more and more people are suffering from cancer. According to experts, there will be more than 22 million new cases until the year 2030.
||Many cancer patients have high hopes for the proton therapy, an improved form of the irradiation. The advantage: it's much safer than commonly used radiation therapy.
||This is one of the pioneers in this field: Yves Jongen. The Belgian researcher and engineer builds treatment centers throughout the world and he has made proton therapy available to the public. For this achievement, he has now been nominated for the European Inventor Award.