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Novocure Chief Science Officer Eilon Kirson to retire after 7 years in the role

Tomi Kilgore

Novocure Ltd. said Thursday Chief Science Officer Eilon Kirson will retire after about 7 years in the role, and 17 years with the company. The cancer treatment company said Kirson's retirement provides the opportunity to separate medical and scientific responsibilities. Uri Weinberg, vice president of clinical development, will assume responsibilities for preclinical and clinical development and regulatory affairs effective immediately, and Ely Benaim will join the company as chief medical officer effective April 1, assuming responsibilities for clinical operations, medical affairs and safety. The stock, which is still inactive in premarket trade has soared 67.8% over the past three months, while the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF has rallied 24.6% and the S&P 500 has climbed 16.9%.