Hokkaido University and Hitachi Complete a Facility Incorporating a Novel Proton Beam Therapy System for Cancer Treatment Developed Jointly under Japan's FIRST Program

Sapporo, March 17, 2014 --- Hokkaido University and Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501) today announced that they have completed construction of facilities incorporating the “PROBEAT-RT Proton Beam Therapy System,” a novel proton beam cancer treatment system, within the Hokkaido University Hospital. Hokkaido University and Hitachi had been jointly developing the PROBEAT-RT after the project was awarded a grant in 2010 under the Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology (the “FIRST Program”), a national project sponsored by the Japanese government. The University plans to begin treatments using the newly constructed facilities on March 19, 2014.