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Crawley based Elekta awarded Business Innovation Award 2019

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L-R: Steve Wort, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Elekta, Professor Uwe Oelfke, Head of the Joint Department of Physics, The Royal Marsden and The Institute of Cancer Research, Professor Ranald Mackay, Director of Physics and Engineering, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, David Roberts, Physics Research Leader, Elekta, Giulia Thompson, Head of Physics and Research, Elekta, Ioannis Panagiotelis, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, Elekta, Dr James McKenzie, IOP Vice President for Business

Elekta (EKTA-B.ST) announces that its Elekta Unity magnetic resonance radiation therapy (MR/RT) system has been awarded the Institute of Physics (IOP) Business Innovation Award 2019.

The IOP Business Awards are the only awards recognizing companies in the UK and Ireland that have built success on the innovative application of physics. The Award is a tremendous mark of recognition that the recipient company is at the cutting edge of physics and business.

“We are honored to have received this prestigious award, which recognizes the technological tour-de-force that was achieved through the integration of high-field MR imaging and advanced linear accelerator technologies,” said Richard Hausmann, President and CEO, Elekta.

“Elekta Unity was designed to help cancer care teams deliver radiation therapy with unsurpassed visual confidence and to enable real-time personalization of cancer radiation therapy. Initial data from clinical sites around the world that are using Elekta Unity to treat patients indicate that we have achieved this critical objective.

I thank the members of the Elekta MR-Linac Consortium for the groundbreaking contributions they made to the technologic development of Elekta Unity.”

Elekta Unity combines a best-in-class linear accelerator with a high-field 1.5T MRI scanner and breakthrough real-time dose replanning software that are fully integrated to enable online adaptive radiotherapy and real-time target monitoring.

It offers real-time personalization through visualization of the treatment field with sub-millimeter resolution in five different ways; enabling instantaneous reaction to daily changes in anatomy; and allowing clinicians to see the tumor in three planes while treating the tumor with stereotactic precision.

This transforms care by offering the potential to reduce treatment margins with more certainty, expanding the treatment options available to patients and opening the door to assessing tumor response early in treatment.

Mr. Hausmann added, “This award underscores Elekta’s innovative spirit and ability to fuse its passion for cutting edge science with its fifty-year commitment to improving patient outcomes.”

To learn more, visit elekta.com/Unity.

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What to expect when Primark reopens in Crawley in two weeks

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Primark is working re-open their stores on the 15th june and the store has been working hard to ensure their employee and customer safety is their highest priority.

So what can customers expect to find implemented when they reopen?

Social distancing:

There will be a limit on the number of customers allowed in store at any one time to allow for the appropriate distance in between customers and employees, following government guidelines.

There will be clear signage and floor decals, as well as dedicated employees and additional security staff, to guide customers through the store in a way that limits contact with others.

Every second till will be closed to allow more space between customers and between employees.

The store will temporarily close off fitting rooms and customer toilets.

Personal protection for employees and customers:

Hand sanitiser stations will be made available at the entrance and on the shop floor and back of house for employee and customer use. Face masks and gloves will be made available to all Primark employees.

Perspex screens have been installed on tills to protect customers and employees.

Increased in-store cleaning:

The frequency and rigour of store cleaning will increase, particularly around high frequency touchpoints such as tills, escalators, lifts, and employee areas in back of house.

A basket cleaning system is also being introduced.

Primark CEO, Paul Marchant, said:

“As we re-open our stores in England, nothing matters more than the health and wellbeing of our colleagues and customers.

“We have really missed our customers and we are delighted to be back on 15 June and able to provide them with the quality, affordable products they love from Primark.

“We know that life for our customers is going to look different for a while. We want our stores to be safe and reassuring places to shop and work. While it might take a little longer to get into our stores, once inside, customers will find all their favourite Primark products and we have worked hard to make sure that clear signage and extra help will be there to guide them through the changes we have made to allow for social distancing.

“We will adopt all government safety advice as a minimum in our stores and have benefited from our experience in the other markets in Europe where we have already opened successfully. As we open, we will continue to look at best practice across the retail sector and amend our measures appropriately.

“I would like to thank all of our colleagues and partners for the commitment, strength and resilience they have shown through these challenging times.”

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