US-based medical device manufacturer ProTom International will build a cancer-fighting, proton therapy machine assembly, test and training plant at Tonsley - creating 165 jobs.
Work will begin later this year on the ProTom Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence for Proton Therapy.
The new centre will assemble and test the Radiance 330 Proton Therapy System, with testing initially to be conducted for SAHMRI's Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and research.
The centre, to be completed in 2019, will assemble devides to be exported, mainly to Asia, making Adelaide a center of medical device manufacturing excellence in the region.
ProTom's establishment at Tonsley helps cement it's reputation as a world-leading education, collaboration and innovation district.
The centre will also provide teaching and training facilities for local and international technical and clinical support personnel.
What is proton therapy?
Proton therapy is a type of radiation treatment that precisely targets tumours. It enables radiation oncologists to destroy tumours while sparing normal healthy tissue, reducing side effects and improving long-term outcomes for patients.
The following image shows the location of the soon to be built plant at Tonsley.