ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The foundation named for an amateur Pennsylvania researcher who invented a device that proponents say fights cancer with radio waves is disbanding now that it's raised nearly $17 million to help bring the technology to the brink of human trials.
Officials with the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation announced Tuesday that they're shutting down June 30, the Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/1j7omy1 ) reported.
"Today, the cancer community is celebrating because we're one step closer," said Mark Neidig Sr., the foundation's executive director.
The foundation is named for John Kanzius, who died in 2009 at 64.
Kanzius was diagnosed with cancer in 2002 and came up with his theory about treating the disease noninvasively two years later. Kanzius' device uses radio waves to heat and destroy cancer cells without harming healthy cells nearby.
Kanzius had no medical background but built the device after researching cancer and learning about radio waves. He was formerly a partner at Erie's Jet Broadcasting Co.
The foundation's board said in a statement that the group "reached the peak of its progress" and has "funded all of the research of the Kanzius Noninvasive Radiowave Cancer Treatment necessary to launch human trials."
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston have experimented with the device and AkesoGenX, the company that now owns the technology patents, will soon apply to the Food and Drug Administration for permission to conduct human trials.
If the FDA rejects the application, Neidig said, the research team may try to conduct human trials in Italy.
Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com