Upright Radiotherapy System shortlisted for iF Design Award

Published on: 17th February 2021

We are proud to announce that DCA Design International and Leo Cancer Care have qualified for the Final Jury of the iF DESIGN Awards 2021 with the design of the world’s first upright proton radiotherapy system.

Since 1954, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. It is presented annually by the world's oldest independent design institution, iF International Forum Design GmbH in Hannover.

The number of participants in the first round brought a record number of entries: The jurors had to select the best entries from around 10,000 submissions from 52 countries for the iF Final Jury.

The new upright patient positioning system is a major innovation in radiotherapy treatment, combining a step-change in accessibility and affordability with clinical benefits and an improved patient experience, where the interaction between patient and operator is literally at the centre of the system.

The visual design was developed around the user experience. As a new approach to a journey that is emotional for all who pass through it, it aims to strike a balance between expressing the state of the art technology at its heart whilst allowing the patient interaction and experience to be central.



This is achieved through pure, quietly confident forms, carrying an intrinsic logic and a ‘home’ for moving parts to return to. The patient-facing surfaces softly curve to invite the users in, and refined lighting effects and textiles offer reassurance through a homely familiarity.

All of these aspects are embodied with an awareness of the healthcare environment in which they are being installed, and the tight constraints that come with the radiotherapy infrastructure in particular.

Malcolm Boyd, Senior Sector Manager at DCA commented, “It’s fantastic that such a new approach to cancer treatment has been selected for the final jury of the iF awards. The visual design is the product of a great collaboration between the technical and design teams involved in this innovative project - congratulations!”