Professor Yoram Palti will be awarded the 2022 Israel Prize in entrepreneurship and technological innovation, Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton announced this week.
The former professor of physiology and biophysics at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, was chosen for developing a groundbreaking cancer treatment using electric pulses, according to The Times of Israel.
The breakthrough required “thinking outside the box” and “Prof. Palti to face and change existing beliefs and perceptions in the field,” the panel wrote.
Prof. Palti founded Novocure, a global oncology firm pioneering a novel therapy for solid tumors, in 2000 and has been the company’s Chief Technology Officer and served as a consultant. He was a director of Novocure from 2002 to 2018.
“Prof. Palti’s achievements are a source of great pride for the State of Israel and inspiration for the younger generations,” Shasha-Biton tweeted in Hebrew.
“We are very proud and happy about the important recognition and the prestigious prize awarded to Professor Palti, who not only developed a new technology but also a new approach to cancer treatment – an approach that does not involve chemotherapy and other pharmacological treatments,” said Technion President Professor Roy Sivan offering his congratulations, according to TOI.
Sivan went on to describe Palti’s work as “a wonderful example” of the Technion’s well-known achievements in combining engineering and medicine. “Professor Palti is an example of the rare ability to translate science into applications that are beneficial to humanity, through a combination of in-depth research and entrepreneurship,
First awarded in 1953, the Israel Prize reflects the most notable advances in humanities, science, culture, and lifetime achievement and is considered to be one of the country’s highest honors. the country’s highest honors.