Bill Buckley − Buckley Systems Ltd

New Zealand Innovator of the Year

2020

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New Zealand Innovator of the Year

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Buckley Systems Ltd is the world’s leading supplier of precision electromagnets – used in the manufacture of silicon chips, flat-panel screens, high-end medical machinery and particle accelerators. The company totally dominates the world’s silicon chip manufacturing industry. Buckley Systems supplies machinery used in the manufacture of more than 90 per cent of the world’s total output of chips.

Having led Buckley Systems to such a dominant position, Bill turned his mind to commercialising a form of cancer treatment called Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT for short). He founded Neutron Therapeutics, Inc. which has designed and built a turnkey BNCT system for installation into hospitals.

The first machine was installed in Helsinki University Hospital in Finland with treatment trials due to commence in 2024, Covid having delayed trials significantly. It is considered a significant breakthrough in cancer treatment, particularly for head and neck tumours.

Typically, with traditional treatments, a patient will have to go through 30 fractions of radiation which has significant physical implications and side effects. However, the BNCT machine does it in one fraction of radiation without the physical side effects and delivers the treatment much more accurately.

Neutron Therapeutics has recently partnered with a leading US healthcare investor to be able to further develop the drugs that are an essential part of the treatment.

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