FORT MYERS, Fla. - Tuesday morning, the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation announced it will close its doors at the end of June, having completed its mission of raising enough funds to apply for human trials of its non-invasive cancer treatment.
According to the foundation, after 6 years and roughly $17 million in donations, it has enough money to apply to the FDA for human clinical trials of its Radiowave treatment. It plans to apply in a matter of weeks.
Just as it sounds, the treatment harnesses radio waves to kill cancer cells. Most recently it was tested on large animals like pigs.
The Board of Directors says after hitting this milestone, it voted to dissolve the foundation and donate any remaining funds to cancer research centers in Erie, Fort Myers, and Houston.
"More than 4 decades after President Nixon declared a national war on cancer, we are one step closer to a world where cancer can be treated without side effects," said Mark Neidig, Executive Director of the Kanzius Foundation.
The first phase of human trials would likely take place at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Neidig says, with the potential of moving trials overseas if the FDA does not immediately approve.
The late John Kanzius was a Sanibel resident who invented the radio wave machine. One night when he was sick from chemo, the former TV and radio station engineer got the idea to use radio waves to kill cancer cells.
Despite no medical background or college degree, Kanzius ultimately invented a prototype for the machine, which is located at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Kanzius lost his battle with leukemia in 2009.