ST. HELIER, Jersey--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Novocure (NASDAQ: NVCR) today announced the retirement of Dr. Eilon Kirson, Novocure’s Chief Science Officer and Head of Research and Development, effective May 1, 2019. Dr. Kirson will step away from the healthcare industry and frequent international travel to spend more time with his family.
“While this was a difficult decision, it is the right one for my family,” stated Dr. Kirson. “I intend to remain available to management and look forward to supporting the company as a Senior Advisor. Novocure’s culture is strong, and I know I am leaving behind a professional and capable team who share my dream to extend survival in some of the most aggressive forms of cancer.”
“Eilon has been a core member of Novocure’s leadership team since the earliest days, and we are deeply grateful for his professional leadership and personal friendship,” said Mr. Bill Doyle, Novocure’s Executive Chairman, and Mr. Asaf Danziger, Novocure’s Chief Executive Officer. “We wish Eilon the very best for the future.”
Dr. Kirson has committed to ensure a seamless transition of his responsibilities. The leadership transition presents an opportunity for Novocure to separate responsibility for medical and scientific affairs, ensuring appropriate focus as the clinical platform continues to expand. Effective immediately, Dr. Uri Weinberg, Novocure’s Vice President of Clinical Development, will assume responsibilities for preclinical and clinical development and regulatory affairs. Effective April 1, 2019, Dr. Ely Benaim will join Novocure as Chief Medical Officer and will assume responsibilities for clinical operations, medical affairs and medical safety.
Novocure is a global oncology company working to extend survival in some of the most aggressive forms of cancer by developing and commercializing its innovative therapy, Tumor Treating Fields. Tumor Treating Fields is a cancer therapy that uses electric fields tuned to specific frequencies to disrupt solid tumor cancer cell division. Novocure’s commercialized product is approved for the treatment of adult patients with glioblastoma. Novocure has ongoing or completed clinical trials investigating Tumor Treating Fields in mesothelioma, brain metastases, non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer and liver cancer.
Headquartered in Jersey, Novocure has U.S. operations in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Malvern, Pennsylvania and New York City. Additionally, the company has offices in Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Israel. For additional information about the company, please visit www.novocure.com or follow us at www.twitter.com/novocure.
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