Novocure chose Montreal because of its innovative culture, world-class universities and hospitals, access to top talent and quality of life
Novocure (NASDAQ: NVCR) today announced it has opened a new office in Montreal to expand and support its growing business in Canada. 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 (TTFields). TTFields are electric fields that exert physical forces to kill cancer cells via a variety of mechanisms.
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From left, Dr. David Roberge, Professor of Radiology, Radiation Oncology & Nuclear at the CHUM Research Centre and Future President of the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology; Romina Ferro, Marketing & Communications Manager Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada; Shannon LaHay, Chief Executive Officer, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada; Thomas Hefti, Novocure Senior Vice President, EMEA; Jovan Antunovic, Novocure Country Manager, Canada; Christine Mormont, Novocure Director, Medical Affairs, Canada; and Pritesh Shah, Novocure Chief Commercial Officer, celebrate the inauguration of Novocure’s Montreal office on Nov. 2. (Photo: Business Wire)
Novocure chose Montreal because of its innovative culture, world-class universities and hospitals, access to top talent and quality of life, including investments the city is making in its public transportation system.
“We’re very proud to say that Montreal is now home for Novocure Canada,” said Jovan Antunovic, Country Manager of Novocure Canada. “We have a great opportunity to grow our business and bring our therapy to more patients who can benefit throughout Canada.”
Novocure inaugurated its Montreal office on Nov. 2, welcoming Novocure leadership and colleagues; Dr. David Roberge, Professor of Radiology, Radiation Oncology & Nuclear at the CHUM Research Centre and Future President of the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology; Shannon LaHay, Chief Executive Officer, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada; and Romina Ferro, Marketing & Communications Manager Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, among other guests to celebrate this milestone for the company.
While Novocure’s physical office presence in Canada is new, Novocure’s footprint in Canada began in 2013, when Canadian institutions began participating in Novocure’s clinical trials evaluating TTFields. To date, 14 Canadian institutions – four of which are in Quebec – have participated in six clinical trials involving TTFields.
Novocure has applied for and is awaiting Health Canada’s approval of Optune®, Novocure’s TTFields delivery system, for the treatment of glioblastoma.
“It is well established that glioblastoma treatment is a high unmet medical need,” said Dr. Roberge. “The medical community and patient community in Canada look forward to having more options to treat glioblastoma.”
“We are grateful to the many partners in Canada who have contributed to the advancement of our therapy over the years and those who continue to study the science of Tumor Treating Fields today,” said Pritesh Shah, Novocure’s Chief Commercial Officer. “With the establishment of our new office in Montreal, we are focused and committed to driving forward our mission of extending survival in some of the most aggressive forms of cancer as we expand our business in Canada.”
About Tumor Treating Fields Therapy
Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) are electric fields that exert physical forces to kill cancer cells via a variety of mechanisms. TTFields do not significantly affect healthy cells because they have different properties (including division rate, morphology, and electrical properties) than cancer cells. The multiple, distinct mechanisms of TTFields therapy work together to selectively target and kill cancer cells. Due to its multimechanistic actions, TTFields therapy can be added to cancer treatment modalities in approved indications and demonstrates enhanced effects across solid tumor types when used with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immune checkpoint inhibition, or PARP inhibition in preclinical models. TTFields therapy provides clinical versatility that has the potential to help address treatment challenges across a range of solid tumors. To learn more about Tumor Treating Fields therapy and its multifaceted effect on cancer cells, visit tumortreatingfieldstherapy.com.
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 malignant pleural mesothelioma. Novocure has ongoing or completed clinical studies investigating Tumor Treating Fields in brain metastases, gastric cancer, glioblastoma, liver cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and ovarian cancer.
Headquartered in Root, Switzerland and with a growing global footprint, Novocure has regional operating centers in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Tokyo, as well as a research center in Haifa, Israel. For additional information about the company, please visit Novocure.com and follow @Novocure on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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