Erie cancer researcher's foundation to shut down

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The foundation named for an amateur Pennsylvania researcher who invented a way to fight cancer cells using radio waves is shutting down now that it's raised $17 million to help bring the technology to the brink of human trials.

Officials with the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation tell the Erie Times-News ( ) they'll close June 30.

The foundation is named for John Kanzius who died in 2009 at age 64. He had no medical background, but built the device after researching cancer and learning about radio waves. He was formerly a partner at Erie's Jet Broadcasting Co.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the MD. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston have experimented with the device and AkesoGenX, the company which now owns the technology patents, will soon ask the Food and Drug Administration for permission to conduct human trials.

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