Varian Medical Systems has been selected to equip Sweden’s new proton therapy centre to treat cancer patients in a $60m contract.

The new ‘Skandionkliniken’ centre is owned by a consortium of seven Swedish counties and is scheduled to be the first proton therapy centre in Scandinavia when it opens in 2013.

The centre will have two full treatment rooms as well as a fixed beam room for research activities. It is expected to treat 1,000 patients per year in its first phase and gradually expand to the full capacity of 2,500 patients per year.

Varian will equip the facility with a fully integrated system including its superconducting cyclotron, a beam line and treatment room gantries.

In addition, it will provide its ARIA software for information management and its Eclipse software for treatment planning in the centre.

Varian president and CEO Tim Guertin said that the contract award was a major milestone for the company.

“This will be our first full installation for managing, planning, and delivering proton therapy, which we believe will be a powerful weapon in the battle to cure cancer,” Guertin said.