Proton Intl

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Proton International:
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Proton International was founded with the mission to create access to proton therapy, revolutionizing cancer treatment and changing the world.

CEO and co-founder Chris Chandler built his proton therapy expertise over 40 years, since his first days as a medical clinician. He pioneered the successful business model of the single-room centers. 

Challenges of cancer treatment

Researchers continue to spend countless hours and billions of dollars seeking new therapies that promise fewer side effects for cancer patients. Proton radiation has been around for decades and has proven itself as an effective treatment. However, it wasn’t widely available.

Due to the tremendous cost of the equipment, only major research hospitals and universities could afford proton therapy. Because of the exorbitant cost and limited reach, oncologists rarely consider proton therapy, categorizing it as research rather than treatment.

For most patients, proton therapy does not enter the discussion of care plan possibilities. They tend to rely on traditional treatments and hope for recovery and limited side effects. 

Innovation in the cancer care space


Our highly experienced team specializes in developing one- or two-room proton therapy facilities. With a business model that has risen to meet medical innovation, we provide hospitals with a cost-effective, turnkey option for state-of-the-art treatment backed by proven technology recognized and reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid.

 

A one-room proton therapy center can treat up to 40 patients per day, destroying cancer cells using a precisely targeted approach. Patients return home immediately following the treatment session that lasts about 30 minutes, experiencing no pain and limited side effects.

Proton International creates efficient, financially feasible access to proton therapy, delivering on our mission to revolutionize cancer care and change the world for as many patients as possible.

New proton center plans

By collaborating with hospitals and physician groups, our team develops and builds proton treatment centers using existing patient flow through, resulting in a clinically relevant and financially feasible business model.

Recent innovations in the machines and the drastic reductions of their costs have provided an opportunity to build centers in a very efficient and cost-effective manner.  .

At these turnkey centers, healthcare professionals use proton beams instead of conventional radiation to attack cancer cells.  

Like conventional x-ray radiation, proton therapy keeps the cancer cells from dividing and growing, but proton therapy features a precision that standard radiation lacks.

The manipulated protons release energy at precise depths, targeting tumors close to the surface of the skin or deep inside the body and releasing peak radiation at the tumor site. The radiation dose then falls to almost zero, meaning much less damage to healthy tissue surrounding the tumor.

With this innovative therapy, patients typically experience fewer short- and long-term side effects. In addition, the precise targeting of the tumor allows for a higher dose of radiation, resulting in more effective care. 

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Meet our team

Chris Chandler
FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Chris Chandler has more than 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry. His prior development efforts include proton therapy centers for IBA Proton Therapy Corporation and ProCure Treatment Centers. He previously developed a national network of medical oncology outpatient infusion centers with Caremark/Baxter. He also held roles in academic medicine with the School of Medicine at the University of Florida and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville. Chandler earned his BS, MHA and MBA from the University of Florida.  

Ron Gilden
DIRECTOR
Ron Gilden has more than 40 years of experience in cancer center development and operation, an in-depth understanding of cancer care delivery in the UK in the public and private sector and four years of experience in the coordination of UK NHS patient referrals for proton therapy. He ensures appropriate resource allocation for all company projects in addition to managing the structure of our client and supply chain partnerships. 

Kristen Powers 
PROJECT MANAGER
Kristen Powers has 15 years of healthcare industry expertise. She spent six years teaching subjects including epidemiology, maternal and child health and biostatistics in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. Powers earned a BA in psychology from the University of Louisville and both an MPH and an MSW from the University of South Florida.

Bill Davis 
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Prior to joining Proton International, Bill Davis spent more than 20 years as the CFO of a privately held company focused on oncology development. He earned a B.A. in accounting and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from Georgia State. Davis is responsible for the company’s finance, accounting, legal, tax and treasury needs, as well as analysis of project feasibility, deal structure and operating results. 

Charles Yoo
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & FINANCE  
Charles Yoo has 16 years of expertise with government and private companies in financial research, analysis and forecasting, and capital markets. He previously served as business manager for the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center. Yoo earned a B.S. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Peter Carbone 
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, FACILITY DEVELOPMENT 
Peter Carbone spent 18 years in the design and development departments of several hospitals and healthcare systems in South Florida and led facility development at ProCure Treatment Centers. He is a registered general contractor, a certified healthcare facility manager and a certified LEED green associate.  Carbone earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Norwich University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. He oversees a range of the company’s development initiatives including facility development, construction and design.

Jay Beranek 
VICE PRESIDENT OF CONSTRUCTION
Jay Beranek was was responsible for the successful design, construction and occupancy of four ProCure Proton Cancer Treatment Centers in the U.S. He currently leads design and construction management for Proton International’s new Proton Center at University Medical Center in Groningen in the Netherlands. Beranek earned a BS in construction management from Purdue University and an MS in business and public management from Indiana University.

Andrew Barbosa 
TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGER
Andrew Barbosa has six years of experience in MES as a manager at St. James's Institute of Oncology and in clinical start-up for a private clinic in the U.K. He is responsible for the IT development and implementation for many of Proton International’s endeavors and contributes to our networking, communications, marketing strategy and operational contracts.

Paul Rushton 
DIRECTOR OF DESIGN
Paul Rushton is an architect with 25 years of experience in healthcare design and has become one of the industry’s premiere innovators. He is responsible for the initial design concept of Proton International’s radiotherapy and proton projects, coordinating with design and construction teams, budgeting, programming and transitioning into project administration until completion.

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