Curley, lead researcher for Kanzius' external radio-frequency generator, said he would take research data on both types of treatments his staff has been working on at
One type uses the late
"We will give the
Curley talked a day after
The news comes almost 10 years after Kanzius, a former radio engineer and broadcast manager, invented a device that uses radio waves to heat and destroy cancer cells targeted with nanoparticles without affecting nearby healthy cells.
Kanzius died in 2009 from pneumonia related to his own incurable cancer.
"I made two promises to John before he died," Curley said. "One was to bring his device to human trials. The other was to conduct human trials in his hometowns of
The Kanzius device must be approved by the
The device will probably go through a Phase 1 trial if it is approved in combination with chemotherapy drugs, and a pilot study if it's approved by itself for use with nanoparticles, Curley said.
"Phase 1 or the pilot study will be done at M.D. Anderson," Curley said. "Those studies focus on safety. Phase 2 focuses on whether it works."
The owners of the Kanzius device, not Curley, are the ones who must request a meeting with the
"This means I'll have this new company backing the research and helping us get to trials a little faster," said Curley, who would not name the new company. "We wouldn't be where we are without Therm Med and the Kanzius folks, and now we have another company who will help us as well."
Curley said he expects a request to meet with the
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