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 News Release - August 14, 2009

Elekta Wins Multiple Order of Elekta Systems from ICESP in Brasil, Creates Center for Training and Product Development

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug 14--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Elekta (STO:EKTAB) has received a multiple order of six Radiation Therapy systems from the Cancer Institute of the State of São Paulo. The order encompasses two Elekta Synergy® Platform, three Elekta Synergy® and one Elekta Axesse™. Elekta will make the institute its training and product development center in Latin America.

The Cancer Institute of the State of São Paulo, ICESP, is a social organization of Health, created by the State Government in partnership with the Foundation School of Medicine to be the largest hospital specializing in the treatment of cancer in Latin America.

By winning this public tender, Elekta will make the institute its training and product development center in Latin America with the entire product portfolio available including hardware, software, planning system, management system and linear accelerators. The institute will be equipped with two Elekta Synergy® Platform, three Elekta Synergy®, one Elekta Axesse™, 30 MOSAIQ® stations and 19 CMS treatment planning systems.

“This is the most important step taken by Elekta in Latin America”, says Antonio Ponce, Vice President, Elekta Latin America. “We are very pleased that the institute will become the training and development center of Latin America for Elekta, a center which is linked to the largest medical university in the region.”

About 6,000 patients diagnosed with cancer are treated at the institute every month, and attended by some of Brazil's most qualified professionals in this specialty. A key feature of the institute is the innovation in assistance, which allows the patient to have all phases of his care, diagnosis and rehabilitation, integrated in the same place.

Besides medical care, the professionals of ICESP develop teaching and research activities in accordance with the medical model of education introduced by the University of São Paulo Medicine - USP. The goal is to transform the institute into a research center of international reference in the area of cancer, including the study of new drugs and innovative treatments for the disease.

Elekta started its own subsidiary in São Paulo in the beginning of 2008, an investment which has been a success. The Latin American market has successfully proved to be a growth market for Elekta.

“We are becoming a major player in Brazil and Latin America. This order is a strong proof that our increased efforts are paying off”, says Olof Sandén, Executive Vice President for the Region Europe & Latin America. “We are very impressed with the response that we have received from the market on our activities and we are looking forward to expand and continue to serve the Latin American market.”

Elekta Synergy® Platform is a unique linear accelerator that is X-ray volume imaging (XVI) - ready. Based on the IMRT technology developed by Elekta, modifications have been undertaken in order to maintain isocenter accuracy and stability while incorporating the facility to add the additional weight of imaging, detector and robotic technology into the drum design of the treatment machine at a later stage.

Elekta Synergy®, the first advanced multi-functional linear accelerator with intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), enables clinicians to both image and treat patients in the same frame of reference, at the time of treatment. The result is unmatched clinical confidence, enabling more aggressive treatment of tumors while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

Elekta Axesse™ is a fully integrated stereotactic system that combines true three-dimensional (3D) image guidance at the time of treatment with highly conformal beam shaping and robotic 6D sub-millimeter patient positioning to deliver fast, efficient and accurate treatment.

MOSAIQ® is an image-enabled oncology electronic medical record (EMR) with fully integrated business features such as scheduling, billing and management reporting and analysis.

About Elekta

Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated state of the art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy and radiosurgery, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care.

Stretching the boundaries of science and technology, providing intelligent and resource-efficient solutions that offer confidence to both healthcare providers and patients, Elekta aims to improve, prolong and even save patient lives, making the future possible today.

Today, Elekta solutions in oncology and neurosurgery are used in over 5,000 hospitals globally, and every day more than 100,000 patients receive diagnosis, treatment or follow-up with the help of a solution from the Elekta Group.

Elekta employs around 2,500 employees globally. The corporate headquarter is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb. For more information about Elekta, please visit www.elekta.com.

About ICESP

The Cancer Institute of the State of São Paulo, ICESP, is a social organization of Health, created by the State Government in partnership with the Foundation School of Medicine to be the largest hospital specializing in the treatment of cancer in Latin America. About 6.000 patients diagnosed with cancer are treated at the institute every month, and attended by some of Brazil's most qualified professionals in this specialty.


Source: Elekta

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