LinearBeam srl is a spin-off from Itel Telecomunicazioni which, over the next four years, will develop the first proton linear accelerator (p-Linac) for cancer treatment through the ERHA project (Enhanced Radio Therapy with Hadrons). This consists of a robotic patient positioning system, (which permits the beam to enter the body from the best angle for striking the tumor), as well as a radiotherapy treatment software.
To achieve this goal, the company avails itself of €14.9 million, provided by the European Investment Bank, through the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) and Equiter’s Innovation and Research Fund (RIF), which supports research and generates innovation in southern Italian regions. This is the most substantial loan among the three currently being disbursed.
Over the next three years, the entire project should be completed; however, in the short term, a part of the structure, characterized for example by a simplified positioning system, can be already installed and begin operating.