OncoMed Pharmaceuticals this week announced that it has launched a Phase Ib trial to investigate the use of its Wnt pathway-targeting antibody vantictumab in combination with paclitaxel as a potential treatment for breast cancer.

The Phase Ib study is one of three trials for vantictumab that OncoMed is planning to launch by year end as part of a collaboration with Bayer Pharma. Researchers will also look for predictive response markers that could be used to identify best responders to vantictumab.

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