Oncorus Announces Appointment of Richard Wanstall as Chief Financial Officer
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oncorus, Inc. (Nasdaq: ONCR), a viral immunotherapy company focused on driving innovation to transform outcomes for cancer patients, today announced the appointment of Richard Wanstall as Chief Financial Officer.
“We are pleased to welcome Rick as our Chief Financial Officer and we look forward to drawing from his notable experience leading biotech companies through significant organizational growth,” said Theodore (Ted) Ashburn, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Oncorus. “Rick is a trusted colleague that I, as well as other members of the senior leadership team, have had the pleasure of working alongside in our previous roles. I am confident that his deep understanding of the biotech industry, specifically his expertise in life sciences corporate strategy and financing, will be a vital addition to Oncorus as our business matures. On behalf of the entire leadership team, we are excited to work with Rick to achieve our shared goal of meaningfully improving the current standard of care for cancer patients.”
“I’m excited to join the Oncorus team and to work in tandem with such a credentialed group of industry leaders to advance the company’s innovative HSV and selectively self-amplifying vRNA/LNP platform technologies,” said Mr. Wanstall. “Oncorus is at a critical time in its development with key data readouts from ONCR-177 expected later this year, ongoing IND-enabling studies for ONCR-021, a state-of-the art GMP manufacturing facility nearing completion and a cash runway into early 2024. Taken together, Oncorus is uniquely positioned to execute on their viral immunotherapeutic approach to cancer treatment, and I look forward to contributing my skillset to drive value for shareholders and bring this innovative technology to patients in need.”
Mr. Wanstall brings over 25 years of financial and operations experience to Oncorus. Most recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Aileron Therapeutics, where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s strategy, finance, investor relations, and operations activities. Prior to Aileron, Mr. Wanstall served as Vice President of Finance at Moderna Therapeutics and as Senior Vice President of Finance at Stream Global Services. Previously, Mr. Wanstall was Vice President of Finance at Art Technology Group, a Vice President at Taxware, and Director of Finance at CNET. He began his career in various financial roles at John Hancock, Fidelity Investments, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Wanstall holds an M.B.A. from Babson College and a B.A. in Accounting from Salem State University.
At Oncorus, we are focused on driving innovation to deliver next-generation viral immunotherapies to transform outcomes for cancer patients. We are advancing a portfolio of intratumorally (iTu) and intravenously (IV) administered viral immunotherapies for multiple indications with significant unmet need based on our Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and selectively self-amplifying viral RNA (vRNA) Immunotherapy Platforms.
Designed to deliver next-generation viral immunotherapy impact, our HSV Platform improves upon key characteristics of this therapeutic class to enhance systemic activity. Our lead HSV program, ONCR-177, is designed to be directly administered into a tumor, resulting in high local concentrations of the therapeutic agent and its five encoded transgenes, as well as low systemic exposure to the therapy, which could limit systemic toxicities. Our pioneering selectively self-amplifying vRNA Immunotherapy Platform, highlighted by our product candidates ONCR-021 and ONCR-788, involves a highly innovative, novel combination of RNA and oncolytic virus-based modalities designed to realize the potential of RNA medicines for cancer.
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