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Life Sciences

Boron Neutron Capture Therapy
  • Boron Neutron Capture Therapy or BNCT, is based on a binary, or two-component method of generating cytotoxic radiation for cancer therapy.

    This two-part therapy combines tumor-specific boron and low-energy neutrons, both inoffensive individually, at the tumor site – to create highly energetic lithium and helium ions that only travel a few micrometers.  The radiation dose delivered by BNCT to the offending site is, in contrast with traditional techniques, created and contained within a single tumor cell.

    The result is an elegant selectivity for the killing of cells, confining damage to the boron-targeted tumor cells.

    MURR is currently assisting the University of Missouri’s International Institute for Nano and Molecular Medicine in taking advantage of the University’s unique infrastructure, facilities and disciplines – to complete the pre-clinical development of BCNT.