This Tuesday, the OncoSec team will play host to some of the most brilliant minds in immuno-oncology, with our highly anticipated symposium, “An Introspective on Immunotherapy: A Symposium on Intratumoral Therapy.” The event promises to be a notable high point during the week of J.P. Morgan’s annual healthcare conference, a week that has historically attracted the “who’s who” of the healthcare sector.
Tumors deploy multiple parallel mechanisms that synergize – meaning that they work together to get more bang for their buck. In this way, tumors are able to subvert the immune response and protect themselves from being eradicated by the immune system. Thus, we need to similarly deploy multiple parallel synergistic mechanisms to re-program the immune response – to re-hijack it from tumors.
It is very rare that you find a patient with a tumor that has a dominant immune checkpoint – where you can simply reverse that one mechanism and see an effect. To put it frankly, we need to move towards combination approaches in immunotherapy.