It's been five years since inventor and broadcaster John Kanzius passed away, but his idea for a better way to treat cancer lives on.
Kanzius' idea, that started with his radio broadcasting expertise and an invention he created in the kitchen using his wife's metal pie plates, has developed into a sophisticated technology to treat cancer using radio waves and nano particles.
Although the intellectual property rights to the concept have changed hands recently, Industrial Sales & Manufacturing Inc. of Erie, who worked with Kanzius since 2006, is still the manufacturer of the prototypes of the Kanzius RF machines. They told reporter Lisa Adams it's pretty amazing how far the ideas have come and that they're proud to be carrying on John's legacy. "Anytime you get to be a part of something as big as this, part of changing health care, it's amazing," said Charlie Rutkowski of Industrial Sales & Manufacturing. "I never thought it would take as long as it does, but the more you go down this road, the more you understand just why it does take so long."
Rutkowski also said he thinks everyday of the time spent in the lab with John Kanzius, and the accomplishments they made. He believes while John would be proud of the evolution of the cancer treating machines and the progress made by his research team, he would be frustrated by the long process required to advance the research to human trials. "Well anybody that's known John, he was always frustrated, he wanted everything to go faster, to go at light speed."
Mark Neidig, Executive Director of the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation agrees that Kanzius would be frustrated with the timetable, while pleased with the progress. "First of all it's taken too long, without question John would have wanted it to go faster," said Neidig, "but it's all the discoveries taking place since his passing that I believe would have him looking down and saying - fantastic."
Neidig told us even with some turbulent times recently that include legal charges against Dr. Curley in a personal matter, the sale of the intellectual property and moving the research lab to Baylor, the foundation sees new donors everyday who are interested in the promise of a cancer treatment without side effects.
Dr. Curley reports that he has assembled the team now to present research findings to the FDA and they are hoping to make the presentation in March.
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