Prioritizing metastatic non-small cell lung cancer launch and focusing research and development activities in areas of greatest anticipated value creation
Expected reduction in residual operating expenses of approximately $60 million, including a reduction in headcount of approximately 200 colleagues, 13% of total workforce
Novocure (NASDAQ: NVCR) today announced a series of actions to strengthen and optimize business operations to support near-term growth drivers and long-term value creation. The plan includes an expected reduction in residual operating expenses of approximately $60 million, enabling the Company to fund future growth priorities without an associated increase in expected forward operating cash burn. Novocure continues to focus resources on its global commercial infrastructure and launch preparation ahead of its anticipated indication in metastatic non-small cell lung cancer and on high-potential research and development programs.
“Decisions like these are deeply personal and challenging, because of the impact on our employees and their families,” said Novocure’s Chief Executive Officer, Asaf Danziger. “To those departing Novocure, I want to express my sincere gratitude for your hard work. Your contributions have influenced the lives of many cancer patients and your legacy will forever be intertwined with Novocure.”
“The initiatives announced today prioritize growth and maintain financial health and flexibility as we position our company for future profitability,” said Novocure’s Chief Financial Officer, Ashley Cordova. “These decisions were difficult, yet essential. With a more focused organization, we are confident that these initiatives will bolster Novocure’s position, enabling us to unlock our long-term potential and fulfill our mission.”
Key elements of the plan include:
Novocure has taken a holistic review of operating expenses and has focused resources on the areas of greatest anticipated value creation, intended to balance near-term and long-term growth opportunities.
- Novocure continues to invest in launch readiness, including field-based commercial and field-based medical team hiring, for the anticipated approval of Tumor Treating Fields therapy for the treatment of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer following progression on or after platinum-based therapies.
- Novocure will deliver two phase 3 randomized clinical trial readouts in brain metastases from non-small cell lung cancer (METIS) and locally advanced pancreatic cancer (PANOVA-3) anticipated in 2024.
- Novocure has prioritized development investments on a sharply focused list of randomized clinical trials – TRIDENT, KEYNOTE D58 and LUNAR-2 – which have the potential to drive the greatest value in solid tumors where Tumor Treating Fields therapy has established efficacy.
In conjunction with its portfolio prioritization, Novocure is streamlining its operational expenses.
- Novocure’s plan to reduce residual operating expenses by approximately $60 million includes a planned reduction in headcount of approximately 200 colleagues, 13% of its current workforce. Field-based commercial and field-based medical employees are minimally affected. Novocure expects to incur one-time costs related to the workforce reduction of approximately $7 million in the fourth quarter of 2023.
- The anticipated cost savings are expected to offset growth investments and accelerate Novocure’s path to profitability.
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, malignant pleural mesothelioma and 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.
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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