We are striving to extend survival in some of the most aggressive forms of cancer.

In 2000, Yoram Palti, our founder and professor emeritus of physiology and biophysics at the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology, sought to leverage his expertise in biophysics to develop a new way to treat solid tumor cancers that would destroy tumor cells while sparing healthy tissue and avoiding many of the life-altering side effects of existing cancer therapies.

He set up a laboratory in his basement to explore the potential of electric fields as a treatment for solid tumors.

Professor Palti founded Novocure to provide patients with a new cancer treatment based on his hypothesis, since proven, that alternating electric fields, when applied at specific frequencies, can disrupt cancer cell division. This innovative treatment, Tumor Treating Fields, is a completely different approach to cancer therapy.

“Nobody understood what I was doing,” Professor Palti said of his early development of Tumor Treating Fields.

Palti’s initial research from his basement laboratory evolved to become Novocure – an international oncology company with more than 1,000 employees and operations in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Our company began with a patient-forward approach that continues to drive our mission today. With more than 20 years of research and many significant milestones, we believe we are only beginning.

20 stories
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Our campaign “Only the Beginning” celebrates the 20th anniversary of Novocure, telling the stories of 20 significant milestones throughout the last two decades.

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Aspiring to make a difference in cancer, from day one

our mission:

Together with our patients, we strive to extend survival in some of the most aggressive forms of cancer by developing and commercializing our innovative therapy.

our vision:

Patient-forward: aspiring to make a difference in cancer

our values:


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The act of creating something for the first time.

Our founders created a different way to fight cancer. We channel that founding spirit into our science, business and patient relationships to deliver innovative and proven solutions designed to advance cancer care.

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Directed attention.

We dream big. But we also know that in order to achieve our aspirations, we must be intentional every day in how we spend our time, energy and resources.


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A strong wish for something; active strength of the body or mind; readiness to engage in daring or difficult activity.

Patients and their families are the heart of our mission. Our passion for making a difference in the lives of cancer patients fuels us in our day-to-day work and guides us in our decision-making.

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Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand fear or difficulty.

It takes courage to innovate. We stand alongside our patients and stand up for them by challenging the status quo.

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A firm belief in the integrity, ability, effectiveness or genuineness of someone or something.

Our patients trust us as an integral part of their cancer care team. We trust ourselves and our colleagues to act with integrity and accountability as we use our individual strengths to work together efficiently and effectively in pursuit of our patient-forward mission.

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The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Confronting cancer is physically, mentally and emotionally challenging. We put ourselves in the shoes of our patients, their families, health care providers, researchers and our colleagues as we strive to change the way cancer is treated.

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leadership at Novocure

Our leaders have extensive experience across oncology, biotechnology and medical device industries.

Our Leadership

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