|Title:||A pilot study of engineered adenovirus ONCOS-102 in combination with pembrolizumab in checkpoint inhibitor refractory advanced or unresectable melanoma|
|Authors:||Alexander N. Shoushtari, MD; Anthony J. Olszanski, MD, RPh; Thomas J. Hornyak, MD; Jedd D. Wolchok, MD, PhD; Sylvia Vetrhus; Karianne Risberg Handeland; Lukasz Kuryk, PhD; Magnus Jaderberg, MD;|
|Date:||9 November 2019|
|Time:||5:30 pm – 5:45 pm|
|Presenter:||Dr. Alexander Shoushtari, Principal Investigator, MSKCC, NYC|
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Activating the patient’s immune system to fight cancer
Targovax (OSE:TRVX) is a clinical stage immuno-oncology company developing oncolytic viruses to target hard-to-treat solid tumors. Immuno-oncology is currently one of the fastest growing therapeutic fields in medicine.
Targovax’s lead product candidate, ONCOS-102, is a genetically modified oncolytic adenovirus, which has been engineered to selectively infect and replicate in cancer cells. It activates the immune system to generate tumor-specific immune responses. In a phase I monotherapy trial, ONCOS-102 induced both local and systemic innate and adaptive immune activation, with associated clinical benefit. In an ongoing phase I trial, patients who have progressed on anti-PD1 checkpoint inhibitors and treated with ONCOS-102 in combination with Keytruda, demonstrated responses in three of nine patients (33% ORR) including one complete response. ONCOS-102’s lead indication is mesothelioma, where the virus is currently being tested in a randomized phase I/II trial expected to report around new year 2019-20.