This is an open-label study in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck
(SCCHN) scheduled for surgery. Two cohorts of SCCHN patients, HPV negative and HPV positive,
will be treated with KTN3379 to evaluate effects on ErbB3 phosphorylation and other
biomarkers in tumor tissue. The KTN3379 treatment duration is within the expected window of
time that elapses from initial patient evaluation by a surgeon to performance of surgery.
Paired preoperative and postoperative tumor specimen analyses allow evaluation of
proliferation, ErbB3 related biomarkers, pErbB3 modulation and pharmacodynamic changes in
downstream molecular pathways.
1. Histologically or cytologically confirmed primary, untreated SCCHN including variants.
Patients must be candidates for surgical resection. Primary tumors of oral cavity,
oropharynx, hypopharnyx or larynx are included.
2. Written informed consent and any locally required authorization (e.g., HIPAA in the
USA) obtained from the patient/legal representative prior to performing any
protocol-related procedures, including screening evaluations.
3. Females of childbearing potential who are sexually active with a nonsterilized male
partner must use 2 methods of effective contraception from screening, and must agree
to continue using such precautions for 60 days after the final dose of KTN3379.
Females of childbearing potential are defined as those who are not surgically sterile
(i.e., bilateral tubal ligation, bilateral oophorectomy, or complete hysterectomy) or
those who are postmenopausal (defined as 12 months with no menses without an
alternative medical cause)
4. Nonsterilized males who are sexually active with a female partner of child-bearing
potential must, with their partner, use 2 acceptable methods of effective
contraception from Day 1 through 60 days after receipt of the final dose of KTN3379.
5. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) status of 0 or 1
6. Adequate bone and marrow function as defined below:
- Hemoglobin ≥ 10 g/dL
- Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1500/mm3
- Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm3
- Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) ≤ 2.5 ×ULN
- Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 × ULN except for cases of documented or suspected Gilbert's
disease, in which bilirubin must be ≤ 5 × ULN
- Serum creatinine ≤ 1.5 g/dL
- Normal PT or INR and aPTT
1. Any concurrent chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy, biologic or hormonal therapy
for cancer treatment.
2. Immunosuppressive or systemic steroids medication within 7 days before the first dose
of KTN3379 (inhaled and topical corticosteroids are permitted).
3. Another invasive malignancy within 2 years prior to enrollment except for localized
prostate cancer, cervical carcinoma in situ, non-melanomatous carcinoma of the skin,
or ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast that has/have been surgically cured
4. Major surgical procedure within 30 days prior to Day 1 or incomplete recovery from any
5. Pregnancy or lactation
6. Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including but not limited to ongoing or active
infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, uncontrolled hypertension,
uncontrolled or idiopathic hypotension, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia
including atrial fibrillation, significant cardiac conduction abnormalities including
prolongation of QTc interval or BBB, active peptic ulcer disease or gastritis, or
psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study
requirements or compromise the ability of the patient to give written informed consent
7. Patients with a left ventricular cardiac ejection fraction < 50% as assessed by an
echocardiogram or MUGA scan
8. Patients with prior primary treatment for head and neck cancer (e.g. chemoradiation or