A phase III, multicenter, randomized study of olvimulogene nanivacirepvec followed by platinum-doublet chemotherapy and bevacizumab compared with platinum-doublet chemotherapy and bevacizumab in women with platinum-resistant/refractory ovarian cancer

Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2023 Sep 4;33(9):1458-1463. doi: 10.1136/ijgc-2023-004812.


Background: Treatment options for patients with platinum-resistant/refractory ovarian cancers are limited and only marginally effective. The development of novel, more effective therapies addresses a critical unmet medical need. Olvimulogene nanivacirepvec (Olvi-Vec), with its strong immune modulating effect on the tumor microenvironment, may provide re-sensitization to platinum and clinically reverse platinum resistance or refractoriness in platinum-resistant/refractory ovarian cancer.

Primary objective: The primary objective is to evaluate the efficacy of intra-peritoneal Olvi-Vec followed by platinum-based chemotherapy and bevacizumab in patients with platinum-resistant/refractory ovarian cancer.

Study hypothesis: This phase III study investigates Olvi-Vec oncolytic immunotherapy followed by platinum-based chemotherapy and bevacizumab as an immunochemotherapy evaluating the hypothesis that such sequential combination therapy will prolong progression-free survival (PFS) and bring other clinical benefits compared with treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy and bevacizumab.

Trial design: This is a multicenter, prospective, randomized, and active-controlled phase III trial. Patients will be randomized 2:1 into the experimental arm treated with Olvi-Vec followed by platinum-doublet chemotherapy and bevacizumab or the control arm treated with platinum-doublet chemotherapy and bevacizumab.

Major inclusion/exclusion criteria: Eligible patients must have recurrent, platinum-resistant/refractory, non-resectable high-grade serous, endometrioid, or clear-cell ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer. Patients must have had ≥3 lines of prior chemotherapy.

Primary endpoint: The primary endpoint is PFS in the intention-to-treat population.

Sample size: Approximately 186 patients (approximately 124 patients randomized to the experimental arm and 62 to the control arm) will be enrolled to capture 127 PFS events.

Estimated dates for completing accrual and presenting results: Expected complete accrual in 2024 with presentation of primary endpoint results in 2025.

Trial registration: NCT05281471.

Keywords: Carcinoma, Ovarian Epithelial; Gynecology; Ovarian Cancer; Surgical Oncology.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Multicenter Study
  • Clinical Trial, Phase III
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bevacizumab
  • Carcinoma, Ovarian Epithelial
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ovarian Neoplasms* / drug therapy
  • Platinum
  • Prospective Studies
  • Tumor Microenvironment
  • Viral Vaccines*


  • Bevacizumab
  • Viral Vaccines
  • Platinum

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT05281471