Committed to Advancing Cancer Radiation Treatment
In the United States, more than one million patients receive cancer radiation treatment annually. Every day, radiation oncologists and therapists face the challenge of accurately treating mobile tumor targets throughout the duration of every patient's radiation oncology treatment session.
Working on the forefront of this serious challenge is Calypso, an emerging life science medical device company dedicated to shaping the future of radiation therapy delivery and management. From early concept development through commercialization of products, Calypso's purpose is to develop compelling products to improve the delivery of cancer therapy.
In early product development, Calypso Medical learned that tumor motion during patient radiation therapy was a daily challenge for radiation clinicians. It became apparent that delivering a technology platform that could continuously monitor the location of a tumor throughout the duration of radiation treatment would be a significant clinical advance. The technology had to be efficient and easy to use in a fast-paced clinic environment, and offer real-time sub-millimeter* accuracy. At the same time, the harsh radiation treatment environment had to be considered during the development of the individual components for this emerging technology.
In order to better understand the dynamic radiation oncology treatment environment and workflow patterns, the Calypso team collaborated with world-class clinicians and researchers during the initial development stages.
The Calypso® System, incorporating GPS for the Body® technology, was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2006 and provides clinicians radiation delivery guidance in prostate cancer treatment. Since the launch of the Calypso System, many leading cancer institutions in the United States have adopted this new unique technology for prostate cancer therapy.
* Balter J. M., et al, Accuracy of a wireless location system for radiotherapy. IJROBP Vol 61. No 3 pp 933-937, 2005.
Awards and Recognition
The Calypso System has been selected for best product design twice by the International Design Excellence Awards™ (IDEA) and Business Week co-sponsor. In 2007 the Calypso System was awarded the coveted Gold Award, one of 20 Gold Award winners that year and was awarded the 2008 Bronze Award by IDEA and Business Week co-sponsor for design research.