Oncolytics Biotech® Inc. ONCY, +2.42% (ONC), currently developing pelareorep, an intravenously delivered immuno-oncolytic virus, today announced that the first patient has been treated in the AWARE-1 window of opportunity (WOO) study that is being conducted in collaboration with SOLTI, an academic research group dedicated to clinical and translational research in breast cancer. Patients will receive the appropriate intervention for their breast cancer sub-type, plus pelareorep, with or without Tecentriq® (atezolizumab), followed by surgery.
“We are pleased to have treated the first patient in our window of opportunity study that will yield important results confirming both our recently identified biomarker and pelareorep’s ability to prime an antitumor immune response,” said Matt Coffey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oncolytics Biotech. “This short study could significantly de-risk our late-stage metastatic breast cancer program, resulting in a smaller, less expensive study with a higher likelihood of success. Beyond the biomarker data, the study will also inform whether we should add a checkpoint inhibitor arm to the phase three registration study. We look forward to initial data from this study in this highly-prevalent cancer indication later this year.”