Enterprise Investors has acquired a Polish cancer diagnostics business from Warsaw-listed healthcare group Voxel.
The newly acquired business is building a new radiotherapy centre at a clinical hospital linked to the Medical University of Silesia in Southern Poland. Enterprise Investors will finance the €14.5m project, working with Voxel to build the facility, which will be equipped with a PET/CT scanner and a gamma knife – a radiosurgical device for treating brain tumours.
The centre is due to be opened in the second half of 2013. Given the size of the country, Poland ought to have 150 to 180 radiotherapy devices to meet global standards. It currently has 113, according to a statement from Enterprise Investors.
"If cancer treatment in Poland is to be effective, radiotherapy must become much more widely available,” said Michal Rusiecki, managing partner of Enterprise Investors.
Other areas of medicine are similarly lacking in Poland. Innova Capital recently invested in Krakow-based Ujastek Gynaecological and Obstetrics Hospital. “Poland needs to develop modern obstetrics and neonatology,” said Marek Kowalski, joint founder of the Ujastek Hospital. “Unfortunately, there are still regions in Poland where maternity care for the mother and child is not at such a level as doctors and patients would expect.”
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