Phio Pharmaceuticals Announces Completion of Dosing in First Patient Cohort in PH-762 Phase 1b Dose-Escalation Study

-PH-762 is Phio’s lead product candidate

-Screening on the next cohort is on-going

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., May 15, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Phio Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: PHIO), a clinical stage biotechnology company whose proprietary INTASYL™ siRNA gene silencing technology is designed to make immune cells more effective in killing tumor cells, today announced progress on its Phase 1b clinical study for their lead compound PH-762.   Dosing of the first cohort of patients was completed and screening for the next dose cohort is on-going.

Phio’s Phase 1b study (NCT 06014086) is a multi-center, dose-escalating clinical trial designed to evaluate the safety and tolerability of neoadjuvant use of intratumoral PH-762 in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, or Merkel cell carcinoma. This study will assess the tumor response, and determine the recommended dose for further study of PH-762.

“This is exciting news for Phio and our lead compound PH-762 with the dosing of the 1st cohort completed, we look forward to advancing the study to bring an innovative treatment option to patients with skin carcinomas,” said Robert Bitterman, CEO of Phio Pharmaceuticals.

About Phio Pharmaceuticals Corp.

Phio Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: PHIO) is a clinical stage biotechnology company whose proprietary INTASYL™ siRNA gene silencing technology is designed to make immune cells more effective in killing tumor cells. INTASYL is the only self-delivering RNAi technology focused on immuno-oncology therapeutics. INTASYL drugs precisely target specific proteins that reduce the body’s ability to fight cancer, without the need for specialized formulations or drug delivery systems.
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