1. To determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) or maximum recommended dose of SF1126 in
combination with nivolumab in adult patients with advanced (unresectable or metastatic)
HCC and Child-Pugh A or Child-Pugh B7 cirrhosis.
2. To determine the recommended phase II dose of SF1126 in combination with nivolumab in
patients with advanced (unresectable or metastatic) HCC and Child-Pugh A or Child-Pugh
1. To describe the safety and tolerability of SF1126 in adult patients with underlying
liver disease by ongoing evaluation of adverse events.
2. To determine pharmacokinetics in HCC patients.
3. To assess the effect of SF1126 in combination with nivolumab on progression-free
survival and overall survival.
The primary endpoint is the rate of dose limiting toxicities (DLTs) at within 56 days of
starting treatment, and the maximum tolerated dose or maximum recommended dose of SF1126 in
combination with nivolumab.
1. Adverse events related to SF1126 (description, timing, grade [CTCAE v4.03], severity,
seriousness, and relatedness).
2. Pharmacokinetics in HCC patients.
3. The proportion of patients remaining progression-free by radiographic criteria as
assessed by RESIST v1.1 at 4 months, and, as available, median progression-free survival
and overall survival estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method.
SF1126 is a dual inhibitor of phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (pan-isoform specific) and
bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4) which simultaneously disrupts two key MYC-mediating
factors that promote cancer cell growth.
Nivolumab is a humanized, IgG4 isotype monoclonal antibody that binds to PD-1 and blocks
binding of PD-1 to its ligands PD-L1 and PD-L2. Nivolumab monotherapy is approved in the US
for HCC previously treated with sorafenib.
Funding source: FDA OOPD
To qualify for enrollment, all of the following criteria must be met:
1. Willing and able to provide written informed consent prior to performance of any
2. Age ≥ 18 years.
3. Histological or radiologic diagnosis of advanced (unresectable or metastatic) HCC with
Child-Pugh A or Child-Pugh B7 cirrhosis:
1. The diagnosis of HCC will be made according to the European Association for the
Study of the Liver-European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer
Clinical Practice Guidelines (EASL EASL-EORTC CPG) and according to successive
modifications of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD)
2. Pathological diagnoses of HCC will be made according to the International Working
4. Is not a candidate for local therapies, including liver transplantation, tumor
ablation, transarterial embolization, or resection.
5. No known FDA-approved therapy available that is expected to prolong survival by
greater than 3 months.
6. ECOG Performance Status ≤ 2.
7. Has measurable or evaluable disease as per RECIST v1.1.
8. Life expectancy of ≥ 12 weeks.
9. Has recovered from the acute toxic effects of all prior chemotherapy, immunotherapy,
- Myelosuppressive chemotherapy: At least 3 weeks since completion (6 weeks for
- Biologic (anti-neoplastic agent): At least 7 days since completion of therapy
with a biologic agent.
- Radiation (XRT): ≥ 1 week must have elapsed from prior palliative XRT to
10. Inability to tolerate first-line treatment with sorafenib (e.g., unacceptable
toxicity), tumor progression on sorafenib, patient preference to stop sorafenib and
for alternative therapy/trial, or patient preference to forgo sorafenib for
11. Adequate Bone Marrow Function Defined for all subjects (including status post SCT):
- Peripheral absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥ 1000/mm3
- Platelet count ≥ 50,000/mm3
- Hemoglobin ≥ 8.0 g/dL (may receive transfusions)
12. Adequate Renal Function Defined As:
- Serum creatinine ≤ 1.5 x institution's ULN (upper limit of normal), or
- Creatinine clearance ≥ 50 ml/min
13. Adequate Liver and Pancreatic Function Defined As:
- Total bilirubin ≤ 2.0 x upper limit of normal, and
- ALT or AST ≤ 5 x upper limit of normal, and
- Albumin ≥ 2 g/dL
14. Adequate Central Nervous System Function Defined As:
- Subjects with seizure disorder may be enrolled if on anticonvulsants and seizures
are well controlled.
15. Female subjects are eligible to enter the study if they are either:
1. Of non-childbearing potential (i.e., physiologically incapable of becoming
pregnant) including any woman who:
- Has had a hysterectomy, or
- Has had a bilateral oophorectomy, or
- Has had a bilateral tubal ligation, or
- Is post-menopausal (demonstrates total cessation of menses for greater than
or equal to 1 year).
2. Of childbearing potential, has a negative serum pregnancy test at screening, and
agrees to one of the following contraceptives:
- An intrauterine device (IUD) with a documented failure rate of less than 1%
- Vasectomized partner who is sterile prior to the subject's entry and is the
sole sexual partner for that woman.
- Complete abstinence from sexual intercourse for 14 days before exposure to
investigational product, during the clinical trial, and for at least 14 days
after the last dose of investigational product.
- Double barrier contraception defined as condom with spermicidal jelly, foam,
suppository, or film; OR diaphragm with spermicide; OR male condom and
16. Male patients with partners of childbearing potential must agree to use adequate
contraception while on study
1. Brain metastases or spinal cord compression, unless treatment was completed at least 4
weeks before study entry, and stable without steroid treatment for at least 4 weeks.
2. Evidence of severe or uncontrolled systemic diseases [e.g., unstable or uncompensated
respiratory, cardiac (including life threatening arrhythmias)].
3. Unresolved toxicity ≥ CTCAE Grade 2 from previous anti-cancer therapy except alopecia
(if applicable) unless agreed that the patient can be entered after discussion with
the Medical Monitor.
4. Presence of cardiac impairment defined as:
- QTc prolongation defined as QTc ≥ 480 ms by ECGs; OR
- prior history of cardiovascular disease including heart failure that meets New
York Hearth Association (NYHA) class III and IV definitions; OR
- history of myocardial infarction/active ischemic heart disease within one year of
study entry; OR
- uncontrolled dysrhythmias; OR
- poorly controlled angina.
5. Participation in a trial of an investigational agent within the prior 30 days.
6. Pregnant or breast-feeding females.
7. High volume peritoneal or pleural effusions requiring a tap more frequently than every
14 days. Moderate to severe ascites.
8. Poorly controlled or refractory (grade 3-4) hepatic encephalopathy.
9. History of other malignancies except curatively excised carcinoma in situ of the
cervix, non-melanoma skin cancer or superficial bladder cancer or other solid tumors
curatively treated with no evidence of disease for ≥ 5 years. Other cases will be
reviewed and possibly allowed if discussed with and approved by Medical Monitor.
10. Patients receiving therapeutic doses of warfarin. Lovenox is permitted.
11. Criteria for hypertension: Blood pressure greater than 170/90 or 2 SD from normal
based on age and weight nomogram on 3 separate measurements. Uncontrolled HTN.
12. Any concurrent condition which in the investigator's opinion makes it undesirable for
the subject to participate in this trial or which would jeopardize compliance with the