ProCure was founded in 2005 by John Cameron, PhD, a particle physicist who is among the pioneers in proton therapy. Dr. Cameron was instrumental in the development of the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute (now IU Health Proton Therapy Center), the third proton therapy center to open in the United States. ProCure was founded to carry out his mission: to improve the lives of patients with cancer by increasing access to proton therapy.
Dr. Cameron brought together a skilled senior management team of proton therapy experts that had been involved in the construction and operation of centers in the United States and internationally.
Today, ProCure is the only company in the world with four centers open and treating patients, others in development and a Training and Development Center that provides before-the-job training for all aspects of proton therapy treatment and patient care. The first center, the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City, opened in July 2009; the second center, CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center in Warrenville, IL opened October 2010; the third center, ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, NJ opened March 2012; and the fourth center, SCCA Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center in Seattle, WA opened March 2013.
April 2005 – ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. founded by John Cameron, Ph.D.
Sept. 20, 2006 – Groundbreaking for the ProCure Training and Development Center, Bloomington, Ind.
April 9, 2007 – Groundbreaking for the ProCure Proton Therapy Center, Oklahoma City.
Feb. 14, 2008 – ProCure announces collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Roberts Proton Therapy Center to advance proton therapy training, research and development. ProCure’s network of centers are linked into UPENN’s research protocols.
March 27, 2008 –The ProCure Proton Therapy Training and Development Center opens - the world’s first and only facility dedicated exclusively to proton therapy training and certification.
April 7, 2008 – ProCure announces collaboration with IVY Tech Community College, Bloomington, Ind., offering a proton therapy certificate program for students enrolled in the College’s Radiation Therapy Program.
May 12, 2008 – The ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City receives its 220-ton cyclotron, the core piece of equipment used in proton therapy – en-route to a world record 27-month construction timeline.
May 14, 2008 – ProCure receives an additional $35 million round of equity funding from Oklahoma City-based McClendon Venture Company, LLC (MVC).
July 9, 2008 – ProCure and William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oaks, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, receive Certificate of Need approval from the Michigan Department of Community Health to build a proton therapy center.
Aug. 20, 2008 – ProCure is recognized as an Indiana Company to Watch, an award that recognizes the 50 top privately held second-stage companies in Indiana.
Sept. 18, 2008 – ProCure and Central DuPage Hospital receive Certificate of Need approval from the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board to build a proton therapy center in Warrenville, Ill., a western suburb of Chicago.
Oct. 20, 2008 – Groundbreaking for CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center, in Warrenville, Ill.
Oct. 29, 2008 – ProCure announces collaboration with Oklahoma State University to create undergraduate and graduate programs in medical physics to train the next generation of medical professionals in delivering proton therapy.
Feb. 19, 2009 – First group of physicians, physicists, dosimetrists begin training at ProCure’s Training and Development Center.
July 8, 2009 – The ProCure Proton Therapy Center opens in Oklahoma City.
Sept. 28, 2009 – CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center, in Warrenville, Ill. (suburb of Chicago) receives its cyclotron – a major milestone in the construction of Illinois’ first proton therapy center.
Sept. 28, 2009 – ProCure and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance announce plans to develop a proton therapy center in Seattle.
Nov. 12, 2009 – First group of patients complete treatment at the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City.
April 7, 2010 – Groundbreaking for the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, N.J.
April 13, 2010 – ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City becomes first in the world to use ProCure-designed inclined beam technology.
July 8, 2010 – The ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City celebrates one year anniversary.
July 16, 2010 – INTEGRIS Cancer Institute of Oklahoma and the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City announce a breakthrough treatment approach for anal canal cancer.
Sept. 16, 2010 – ProCure announces CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center, in Warrenville, Ill. will open ahead of schedule on Oct. 19, 2010.
Oct. 19, 2010 - CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center opens in Warrenville, Ill., 24 months after groundbreaking.
Feb. 1, 2011 – ProCure receives an additional $40 million round of equity funding, led by Maverick Capital.
March 1, 2011 – ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, N.J., receives its cyclotron.
March 22, 2011 – The SCCA Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center, in Seattle, celebrates its groundbreaking.
May 10, 2011 – ProCure announces the hiring of Chief Medical Officer Eugen B. Hug, M.D., internationally renowned radiation oncologist and proton therapy expert.
July 14, 2011 – CDH Proton Center, A ProCure Center celebrates 100 patients treated.
Sept. 17, 2011 – The ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City celebrates 500 patients treated.
March 17, 2012 – SCCA Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center, receives its cyclotron as construction progresses on what will be the nation’s 11th proton center.
March 20, 2012 – ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, N.J., opens, the third in ProCure’s growing network of centers.
March 7, 2013 – SCCA Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center in Seattle, W.A., opens, the fourth in ProCure’s growing network of centers.