IBA has acquired Modus Medical Devices, the manufacturer of the Quasar Penta-Guide Phantom. (pictured here; photo courtesy of Modus QA)

IBA acquires phantom manufacturer Modus Medical Devices

May 06, 2022
by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter
IBA has acquired Modus Medical Devices (Modus QA), a Canadian manufacturer of phantoms for radiation and proton therapy.

Resembling human organs and tissue, phantoms are used to quantify the potential effects that radiation exposure has on patients at different doses. Modus QA has installed 6,500 in more than 4,000 clinics and hospitals worldwide.

Its addition is expected to help IBA grow in the radiation therapy quality assurance segment by equipping it with advanced phantom solutions it can sell. IBA will uses its large client base to channel Modus QA’s products and expand into new markets in Europe and Asia. Additionally, the deal is expected to boost IBA’s R&D and sales divisions. "Modus QA’s phantom technology is a great add-on for our dosimetry radiotherapy portfolio, meaning we no longer have to look to external companies to fulfill tender requirements. In addition, Modus QA’s expertise will help us increase our offering in medical imaging and proton therapy phantoms, avoiding the need to purchase externally," Jean-Marc Bothy, president of IBA Dosimetry, told HCB News.

Whereas IBA specializes in the design of radiotherapy and proton therapy solutions, Modus QA focuses on quality assurance products that can be used to test complex radiation technologies such as image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), surface-guided radiation therapy (SGRT) and respiratory gating.

Both companies plan to work together to expand their product portfolio in medical imaging and in proton therapy. They also will help each strengthen existing relationships with original equipment manufacturers.

With Modus QA’s expertise, IBA will develop new dosimetry products that it will offer as end-to-end range quality assurance solutions for proton therapy centers. "We believe Modus QA’s technology will help expand our portfolio in proton therapy dosimetry. IBA’s Motion Management package, in particular, will benefit from the addition of Modus’ phantoms, further contributing to improving patient outcomes," said Bothy.

Integration will take place in two phases. The first will involve integrating existing technologies and benefit mutually from distribution channels, shared client lists, and across all geographies where Modus or IBA currently operate. IBA will retain existing branding of Modus solutions where it is appropriate, such as for the company's well-known Quasar range of products.

Phase two will focus on the development of new products. “We welcome all Modus employees to the IBA family,” said Olivier Legrain, chief executive officer of IBA, in a statement. “This acquisition is not just important for the Dosimetry business, but is reflective of our wider company strategy to seek out value-enhancing business opportunities to build out our state-of-the-art product offering across our target markets.”

IBA recently partnered with the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in a four-year research collaboration to develop a new FLASH irradiation protocol for early-stage breast cancer.

An advanced form of radiotherapy, FLASH therapy delivers ultrahigh doses of radiation at roughly 40 Gy/s in less than one second. This shortens the number of treatment sessions a patient requires and the damage and toxicity to surrounding healthy tissue, while delivering radiation directly to the tumor. IBA and UMCG will build advanced FLASH irradiation techniques and preclinical radiobiology models that validate and speed up commercial adoption of IBA’s ConformalFLASH technology for use in preoperative early breast cancer treatment.

It also has developed a low energy, compact-sized cyclotron designed to bring radiopharmaceutical production in-house at small and medium-sized hospitals. Known as Cyclone KEY, the solution creates more accessibility to PET imaging and allows for the production of major isotopes Fluorine-18, Carbon-11 and Ammonia-13.

From the three of them, several others can be produced including 18FDG for cancer diagnostics, Na18F for bone scans, 18F-PSMA for prostate cancer imaging, 13NH3 applied in cardiology imaging, and compounds based on carbon-11 for neurology application and drug development.

Financial details of the acquisition of Modus QA were not disclosed.