Five Intensive RAPTOR Days and One Hackathon
From September 4 to 9, 2022, Cosylab proudly hosted the RAPTOR School “Loop Requirements”, an event within the project RAPTOR Consortium. After five consuming and stimulating days of collaboration, 61 registrations, 25 speakers and 20 presented posters, the School culminated in the hackathon challenge organised by Cosylab, which was met with praise
“concluded RAPTOR School — Loop Requirements was an excellent training experience with knowledgeable speakers and the ground-breaking research in daily online adaptation in proton therapy. It had a unique focus on soft fundamental skills for entrepreneurship, motivating the listeners to translate research into products that can be delivered to clinics. Another highlight was the networking between participants from all over Europe and further abroad,“
added Luciano Rivetti, a PhD student at the University of Ljubljana and a RAPTOR early-stage researcher.
One of the RAPTOR Schools’ highlights was a public talk by Thomas (Rock) Mackie, a legend in radiation therapy, titled “Innovations in medical physics” held at the Josef Stefan Institute (JSI).
Dr Mackie noted that the classical fields of radiation medicine are radiology, radiation oncology and nuclear medicine. These are supported by computer science, nuclear physics and nuclear engineering. He discussed innovations related to these areas, such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy — a large-scale optimisation solution — image-guided radiotherapy, targeted theranostics treatment, and fluorescence-guided surgery. He addressed the technical issues and business opportunities associated with all these innovations. Dr Mackie also described the startup-formation stages that could bring these innovations to the Clinical Bed: problem definition, solution creation, intellectual property protection, and stakeholder and investor participation.
Dr Mackie mentioned that Time magazine never highlighted radiation therapy (RT) in its last three decadal reviews of oncology innovations. However, in Dr Mackie’s opinion, precisely RT and early diagnostics have contributed the most to falling cancer mortality rates.
You can watch the entire talk by Dr Mackie at JSI here: