ST. HELIER, Jersey–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Novocure (NASDAQ: NVCR) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) announce four inaugural Tumor Treating Fields research grants. The grants represent a joint effort to promote and support innovative research on Tumor Treating Fields. Tumor Treating Fields is a cancer therapy that uses electric fields tuned to specific frequencies to disrupt cell division, inhibiting tumor growth and causing affected cancer cells to die.
“At Novocure, we are striving to extend survival in some of the most aggressive forms of cancer through the development of Tumor Treating Fields,” said Dr. Eilon Kirson, Novocure’s Chief Science Officer and Head of Research and Development. “This inaugural grant program with AACR allows us to support independent researchers as they advance basic and translational research on Tumor Treating Fields. The program is intended to provide a deeper understanding of the mechanism of action of Tumor Treating Fields and to accelerate the development of new treatment strategies to advance therapeutic options for cancer. I look forward to announcing the grant recipients at the AACR Annual Meeting 2019.”
A total of more than $1.5 million will be awarded to grant recipients. Grants include the AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Fields Research Grant, the AACR-Novocure Career Development Award for Tumor Treating Fields Research, the AACR-Novocure Tumor Treating Fields Research Fellowship and the AACR-Novocure Discovery Grant. The application deadline for all grants is 1 p.m. EST on Jan. 23, 2019. All research proposed for funding must be focused on the preclinical application of Tumor Treating Fields in cancer and may be basic or translational in nature.
Novocure is an oncology company developing a profoundly different cancer treatment utilizing a proprietary therapy called Tumor Treating Fields, the use of 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 brain metastases, non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, liver cancer and mesothelioma.
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.
About the AACR
Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR membership includes more than 40,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and patient advocates residing in 120 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 30 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with more than 22,500 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes eight prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients, and their caregivers. The AACR funds meritorious research directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration, and scientific oversight of team science and individual investigator grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term patient benefit. The AACR actively communicates with legislators and other policymakers about the value of cancer research and related biomedical science in saving lives from cancer. For more information about the AACR, visit www.AACR.org.
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