unafraid to innovate
August 15, 2019
unafraid to innovate

unafraid to innovate

Katia Felix is not afraid to share her ideas. Throughout her career, she has paved a way for herself often by bringing her ideas to the table. Recently, she expressed to some members of Novocure’s management team that she felt there was a need to develop career paths for employees and to strengthen Novocure’s training program to ensure that the company is retaining the talented people it attracts. Read More
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Ignace Vergote, Novocure Clinical Trial Investigator

Professor Ignace Vergote has dedicated his 32-year career to investigating treatment options and striving to improve survival in gynecologic cancers. Among gynecologic cancers, ovarian cancer is the deadliest, representing the fifth most common cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Five-year survival in ovarian cancer has slowly increased from 34 percent in 1975 to 47 percent today. Read More
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Ori Farber, Senior Medical Manager

Before joining Novocure in 2012, Ori Farber had recently completed his medical studies and was working in the emergency department of a hospital considering the next steps of his career. He wanted to do something completely different with his training. Instead of selecting a residency, he chose to work at Novocure. Read More
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Matt Lozano, Senior Device Support Specialist

Prior to joining Novocure in 2012, Matt Lozano worked as a project manager in clinical trials and cancer research. In that role, he often observed the life-altering side effects cancer patients endured when receiving chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Read More
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Nikki Woolfolk
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Nikki Woolfolk

Nikki Woolfolk

After her second son was born, Nikki Woolfolk began experiencing panic-like anxiety. Despite medical care and therapy, her symptoms persisted. Her primary care physician referred her to a neurologist, who ordered an MRI. The results showed a tumor in her brain. Read More
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Greg Schmidt
February 21, 2018
Greg Schmidt

Greg Schmidt

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Julia Schwarzenberger, Key Account Manager

Before joining Novocure in 2016, Julia Schwarzenberger worked for a brain tumor advocacy group in Germany for six years. In that role, she shared information about ongoing clinical trials, seeking second opinions and therapy options with brain tumor patients and their families. Read More
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Tobias Weizel, General Manager Germany

Tobias Weizel, Novocure’s General Manager Germany, leads the company’s commercial business in Germany and said he thrives off of the entrepreneurial, startup spirit inherent in Novocure. Read More
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Sharyn Ruperti, Clinical Trial Manager

Sharyn Ruperti first started working with Novocure about 10 years ago as one of six Device Support Specialists supporting patients on the company’s first pivotal trial. She’s had the opportunity to witness the company’s progress firsthand. Read More
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Amy Luton, DSS
October 17, 2016
Amy Luton, DSS

Amy Luton, DSS

Our Device Support Specialists (DSSs) embody our patient-forward mission and set our business apart from other companies that market cancer therapies. Our DSSs work one-on-one with patients—educating them about the device, and providing technical support and personal contact with Novocure. Read More
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Katia Felix is not afraid to share her ideas.

Throughout her career, she has paved a way for herself often by bringing her ideas to the table. Recently, she expressed to some members of Novocure’s management team that she felt there was a need to develop career paths for employees and to strengthen Novocure’s training program to ensure that the company is retaining the talented people it attracts.

“I think that our employees are our greatest assets,” Katia said. “If we treat them well, they will treat our patients well, and we all gain with that. That has always been my mantra.”

The sharing of that idea contributed to a promotion for Katia in 2018 – she’s now Novocure’s Associate Director of Global Strategic Development. Novocure’s management team created the role for Katia to better utilize her skills and strengths. One of her current initiatives is the development of career paths and training programs for employees who work in Revenue Operations and Health Policy.

“I’m not afraid of presenting ideas, even if it means I am going to have to improve … if it means that I am the one that has to change so that other changes can happen, so be it,” she said.

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Innovation plays a role in the work we do here daily. It plays a role in every single aspect of the business.
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With her latest promotion, came a big change. Katia went from managing a large team to managing no one and collaborating more with people from other departments. Along with being excited about her new role, she said, it was also difficult to let go of her former responsibilities. It took her time to decompress and refocus in her new position.

“I felt lost for about a month,” she said, adding that she questioned whether she made the right decision. “But then I started focusing on the difference I could make in the lives of my colleagues if I worked very hard on the projects that we identified.”

Katia said interacting with her colleagues is one of her favorite aspects of working at Novocure. She also enjoys breaking ground as an innovative company. Since joining the company in 2013, she has seen the company grow and change in many ways.

“Innovation plays a role in the work we do here daily,” she said. “It plays a role in every single aspect of the business. Being stagnant is not an option.”

For Katia, innovation begins with an idea and then develops by including others and incorporating their feedback.

“I really value the input of the team, even when we disagree on the approach,” she said. “We always try to do what’s best for our patients. For me, innovation and creativity has a lot to do with the conversations with the team and including people in the decision-making.”

A big-picture thinker, Katia also uses innovation in her personal life as a mother of three sons.  For example, she said, as her children grow, she finds new ways to spend quality time together and thinks deeply about how to effectively communicate. Her son, Matt, 22, likes to talk while riding in the car, so Katia uses that time to connect. With her stepson, Kyle, 24, she had to learn how to understand him and help him learn how to express himself. When he was younger, she would play games with him or buy his favorite food and they would prepare it together. Today, she makes a point to ask him about things that interest him. Katia and her youngest son, Lukas, 14, go to the gym together and once a week to his favorite coffee shop. During that time, she asks about his life, what he’s learning at school, and what teachers he likes or dislikes.

“I cannot approach a subject in the same way twice,” she said of being a parent. “I have to approach it differently and creatively.”

When it comes to innovating at Novocure, she said she feels comfortable expressing her ideas partly because Novocure’s leadership team encourages employees to do so. She also feels that her management team trusts her to follow through on her commitments and knows that if she needs help, she will ask for it.

Since adjusting to her new role within Novocure, Katia feels excited about the positive impact her projects can have on her colleagues and on the company. She also looks forward to Novocure’s future.

“All of us want to be a part of these next chapters of Novocure,” she said.