Pelareorep is a nonpathogenic, proprietary isolate of the unmodified reovirus. The product induces selective tumor lysis and promotes an inflamed tumor phenotype through innate and adaptive immune responses to treat a variety of cancers, according to the firm.
The published results, developed in collaboration with researchers from the Mayo Clinic and Duke University, show that loading CAR T-cells with pelareorep improved the persistence and efficacy of CAR T-cells in mouse models. The efficacy was further boosted with a single intravenous dose of pelareorep, which generated highly persistent CAR T-cells and inhibited recurrent tumor growth.
The company is exploring further development of pelareorep as an enabling technology for CAR T-cells and additional immunotherapies that require immune effector cell infiltration in solid tumors.
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