ST. HELIER, Jersey--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Novocure (NASDAQ: NVCR) today announced the 4th Annual AACR-Novocure Grants for Tumor Treating Fields Research Program. The program represents a joint effort with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) to promote and support innovative research on Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) to help deepen the understanding of the mechanism of action and to accelerate the development of new treatment strategies. The program includes research grants and career development awards totaling more than $2 million over the next three years.
The research grants will include five AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Fields Research Grants and two AACR-Novocure Career Development Awards for Tumor Treating Fields Research. Recipients of the research grants will receive a total of $250,000 over two years. Recipients of the career development awards will receive a total of $225,000 over three years.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Novocure,” said Mitch Stoller, the AACR’s Chief Philanthropic Officer. “These two grant mechanisms represent an important means for advancing the science of TTFields research and attracting talented investigators. We once again look forward to learning about the outstanding projects that will result from these grants and to meeting next year’s class of grantees.”
Novocure and the AACR encourage applicants to focus their proposals on translational approaches, promoting the transition of in vitro work into in vivo systems; combination therapies involving Tumor Treating Fields; and bringing treatments involving Tumor Treating Fields to the clinic. The application deadline is January 20. Recipients will be announced in April at the AACR Annual Meeting 2022 in New Orleans.
“Deepening our understanding of the mechanism of action of Tumor Treating Fields can potentially advance our efforts to extend survival in some of the most aggressive forms of cancer,” said Dr. Uri Weinberg, Novocure’s Chief Science Officer. “We are excited to partner with the AACR to offer this innovative research program for the fourth year and look forward to the announcement of recipients at the AACR Annual Meeting.”
To apply for the AACR-Novocure Grants for Tumor Treating Fields Research, visit www.aacr.org/funding.
About Tumor Treating Fields
Tumor Treating Fields, or TTFields, are electric fields that disrupt cancer cell division. Fundamental scientific research on TTFields extends across more than two decades and, in all preclinical research to date, TTFields have demonstrated a consistent anti-mitotic effect. TTFields therapy is intended principally for use together with other standard-of-care cancer treatments. There is a growing body of evidence that supports TTFields’ broad applicability with certain other cancer therapies, including radiation therapy, certain chemotherapies and certain immunotherapies. In clinical research and commercial experience to date, TTFields therapy has exhibited no systemic toxicity, with mild to moderate skin irritation being the most common side effect. The TTFields global development program includes a network of preclinical collaborators and a broad range of clinical trials across all phases, including four phase 3 pivotal trials in a variety of tumor types. To date, more than 20,000 patients have been treated with TTFields therapy.
Novocure is a global oncology company working to extend survival in some of the most aggressive forms of cancer through the development and commercialization of its innovative therapy, Tumor Treating Fields. Novocure’s commercialized products are approved in certain countries for the treatment of adult patients with glioblastoma and in the U.S. for the treatment of adult patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Novocure has ongoing or completed clinical trials investigating Tumor Treating Fields in brain metastases, gastric cancer, glioblastoma, liver cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and ovarian cancer.
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