NovoTTF-100A, a device for treatment of glioblastoma multiforme from Novocure, a subsidiary of Jersey Isle-based Standen Ltd., received FDA approval following a clinical trial and an agency panel recommendation. The device creates an electric field at the tumor site, preventing cancer cells from dividing and the tumor from growing. The system is indicated for patients following tumor recurrence after receiving chemotherapy.
From the announcement:
NovoTTF-100A is a portable, non-invasive medical device designed for continuous use throughout the day by the patient. The device has been shown in in vitro studies to slow and reverse tumor growth by inhibiting mitosis, the process by which cells divide and replicate. The NovoTTF-100A device, which weighs about six pounds (three kilograms), creates a low intensity, alternating electric field within the tumor that exerts physical forces on electrically charged cellular components, preventing the normal mitotic process and causing cancer cell death prior to division. Novocure currently has U.S. and European marketing approvals for the NovoTTF-100A.