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A Phase I/Ib Study of NIZ985 Alone and in Combination With Spartalizumab

NCT04261439

Description:

The purpose of this phase I/Ib study is to determine the safety profile of NIZ985 (new formulation), and if it can be safely combined with Spartalizumab and to determine the appropriate dose and schedule for further study. Moreover, the study will characterize the pharmacokinetic profiles of NIZ985 as a single agent and in combination with Spartalizumab and identify preliminary anti-tumor activity.

Related Conditions:
  • Cutaneous Melanoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Malignant Solid Tumor
Recruiting Status:

Recruiting

Phase:

Phase 1

Trial Eligibility

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Title

  • Brief Title: A Phase I/Ib Study of NIZ985 Alone and in Combination With Spartalizumab
  • Official Title: A Phase I/Ib Study of Subcutaneous Recombinant Human NIZ985 ((hetIL-15) (IL-15/sIL-15Rα)) in Combination With Spartalizumab in Patients With Check Point Inhibitor (CPI) Relapsed Advanced Solid Tumors and Lymphoma

Clinical Trial IDs

  • ORG STUDY ID: CNIZ985B12101
  • NCT ID: NCT04261439

Conditions

  • In Escalation: All Patients With Solid Tumors and Lymphoma
  • In Expansion: Melanoma

Interventions

DrugSynonymsArms
NIZ985 and SpartalizumabArm 1

Purpose

The purpose of this phase I/Ib study is to determine the safety profile of NIZ985 (new formulation), and if it can be safely combined with Spartalizumab and to determine the appropriate dose and schedule for further study. Moreover, the study will characterize the pharmacokinetic profiles of NIZ985 as a single agent and in combination with Spartalizumab and identify preliminary anti-tumor activity.

Detailed Description

      This is a phase I/Ib, open-label, global, multi-center study of subcutaneously administered
      NIZ985 alone and in combination with Spartalizumab in subjects with advanced solid tumors and
      lymphoma who have progressed after obtaining a previous response to anti-PD-1/ Check Point
      Inhibitor (CPI) therapy.

      The study consists of two parts, dose escalation and dose expansion. Two separate arms will
      be examined during the escalation portion: 1) evaluation of NIZ985 as a single agent.
      Spartalizumab may be added at the time of the first disease re-evaluation and 2)
      administration of NIZ985 and Spartalizumab as a combination starting from Cycle 1Day 1.
    

Trial Arms

NameTypeDescriptionInterventions
Arm 1ExperimentalSingle agent arm. NIZ985 is administered as a single agent (subjects may be treated with the NIZ985-Spartalizumab combination after their first disease re-evaluation)
  • NIZ985 and Spartalizumab
Arm 2ExperimentalCombination arm. NIZ985 and Spartalizumab combination is administered starting at Cycle 1 Day 1
  • NIZ985 and Spartalizumab

Eligibility Criteria

        Inclusion Criteria:

          -  1. Signed informed consent must be obtained prior to participation in the study.

        For Japan only: written consent is necessary both from the patient and his/her legal
        representative if he/she is under the age of 20 years.

        2. Male or female patients ≥ 18 years of age 3. Histologically confirmed and documented
        advanced solid tumors and lymphoma (includes locally advanced malignancies that are not
        curable by surgery or radiotherapy, and those with metastatic disease) with documented
        progression following standard therapy, and for whom, in the opinion of the Investigator,
        no standard therapy is available, tolerated or appropriate. Disease must be measurable as
        determined by RECIST 1.1 (refer to Appendix 1) or Cheson et al (2014).

          -  Escalation: Patients previously treated with CPI (anti PD-1/PD-L1 and/or anti CTLA-4)
             who have previously responded and progressed. Previous response is an initial
             radiographic CR/PR (a confirmatory scan is not required) or SD lasting ≥ 6 months if
             the most recent regimen included CPI.

          -  Expansion: Patients with cutaneous melanoma previously treated with CPI (anti PD 1/
             PD-L1 and/or anti CTLA-4) who have previously responded and progressed. Previous
             response is radiographic CR/PR (a confirmatory scan is not required) or SD lasting ≥ 6
             months if the most recent regimen included CPI.

             4. Patients must be willing and able to comply with the protocol for the duration of
             the study including undergoing treatment, scheduled visits, and examinations including
             follow up.

             5. Patients must have a site of disease amenable to biopsy and be a candidate for
             tumor biopsy according to the treating institution's guidelines. Patient must be
             willing to undergo a new tumor biopsy at screening and during therapy on the study. At
             screening, submission of a recent archival biopsy sample is permitted if the following
             3 conditions are met:

          -  Biopsy was collected ≤ 3 months before screening

          -  No immunotherapy was given to the patient since collection of the biopsy.

          -  Biopsy sample is present at site prior to the first dose of study treatment. 6. ECOG
             performance status ≤1 and in the opinion of the investigator, likely to complete at
             least 28 days of treatment.

        Exclusion Criteria:

          1. Patients that have received any prior IL-15 treatment.

          2. History of severe hypersensitivity reactions to any ingredient of study drug(s) and
             other mAbs and/or their excipients.

          3. Patients with primary CNS tumors are excluded. Presence of symptomatic CNS metastases,
             or CNS metastases that require local CNS-directed therapy (such as radiotherapy or
             surgery), or increasing doses of corticosteroids 2 weeks prior to study entry.
             Patients with treated symptomatic brain metastases should be neurologically stable
             (for 4 weeks post-treatment and prior to study entry) and at a dose of ≤ 10 mg per day
             prednisone or equivalent for at least 2 weeks before administration of any study
             treatment.

          4. Systemic chronic steroid therapy (> 10mg/day prednisone or equivalent) or any
             immunosuppressive therapy, other than replacement-dose steroids in the setting of
             adrenal insufficiency, within 7 days of the first dose of study treatment. Topical,
             inhaled, nasal and ophthalmic steroids are allowed.

          5. Malignant disease, other than that being treated in this study, that is progressing or
             requires active treatment. Exceptions include basal cell carcinoma of the skin or
             squamous cell carcinoma of the skin that has undergone potentially curative therapy or
             in situ cervical cancer or other tumors that will not affect life expectancy.

          6. Patients having out of range lab values during screening and before the first dose of
             study treatment. Out of range lab values are defined as:

               -  Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) <1.0 x 109/L

               -  Platelets <75 x 109/L

               -  Hemoglobin (Hgb) < 9 g/dL

               -  Serum creatinine > 1.5 x ULN or creatinine clearance < 40mL/min using
                  Cockcroft-Gault formula

               -  Total bilirubin > 1.5 x ULN, (except for patients with Gilbert's syndrome > 3.0 x
                  ULN or direct bilirubin > 1.5 x ULN)

               -  Aspartate transaminase (AST) > 3 x ULN

               -  Alanine transaminase (ALT) > 3x ULN

               -  Serum electrolytes ≥ grade 2 despite adequate supplementation.

          7. Impaired cardiovascular function or clinically significant cardiovascular disease,
             including any of the following:

               -  Clinically significant and/or uncontrolled heart disease such as congestive heart
                  failure requiring treatment (NYHA Grade ≥ 2), uncontrolled hypertension or
                  clinically significant arrhythmia

               -  QTcF >470 msec on screening ECG or congenital long QT syndrome

               -  Acute myocardial infarction or unstable angina < 3 months prior to study entry

          8. Infection(s):

               -  HIV infection

               -  Active HBV or HCV infection (per institutional guidelines). Patients with chronic
                  HBV or HCV disease that is controlled under antiviral therapy are allowed in
                  expansion but not in escalation.

               -  Infection requiring systemic antibiotic therapy. Patients requiring systemic
                  antibiotics for infection must have completed treatment before screening is
                  initiated.

          9. Active, known or suspected autoimmune disease. Patients with vitiligo, type I
             diabetes, residual hypothyroidism only requiring hormone replacement, psoriasis not
             requiring systemic treatment or conditions not expected to recur may be considered.
             Patients previously exposed to CPI treatment who were adequately treated for skin rash
             or with replacement therapy for endocrinopathies should not be excluded.

         10. History of or current interstitial lung disease or pneumonitis grade ≥ 2.

         11. Radiotherapy within 2 weeks of the first dose of study drug, except for palliative
             radiotherapy to a limited field. To allow evaluation for response to treatment,
             patients enrolled in the expansion must have remaining measurable disease that has not
             been irradiated.

         12. Treatment with cytotoxic or targeted antineoplastics within 3 weeks of initiation of
             study treatment. For cytotoxic agents that have major delayed toxicities, a washout
             period of one cycle is indicated (examples are nitrosoureas and mitomycin C which
             typically require a 6 week washout). Prior antibodies or immunotherapies require a 4
             week washout. Ongoing bisphosphonate therapy and growth hormone-releasing hormone
             (GHRH) agonist therapy is allowed. Supportive therapy with denosumab is allowed. For
             patients with lymphoma, the following washout criteria may be used:

             • Systemic antineoplastic therapy (including cytotoxic chemotherapy, alfa-interferon,
             kinase inhibitors or other targeted small molecules, and toxin immunoconjugates) or
             any experimental therapy within 14 days or 5 half-lives, whichever is shorter, before
             the first dose of study treatment

         13. Presence of Grade ≥ 2 toxicity according to National Cancer Institute (NCI) Common
             Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE v5.0), from prior cancer therapy with
             the exception of neuropathy (inclusion of patients with neuropathy of Grade 2 or less
             is permitted), ototoxicity, and alopecia.

         14. Two weeks since major surgery treatment (mediastinoscopy, insertion of a central
             venous access device and insertion of a feeding tube are not considered major surgery)

         15. Use of any live vaccines against infectious diseases within 4 weeks of initiation of
             study treatment.

         16. Use of hematopoietic growth factors or transfusion support ≤ 2 weeks prior to start of
             study treatment. If growth factors were initiated more than 2 weeks prior to the first
             dose of study treatment and the patient is on a stable dose, they can be maintained.

         17. Any medical condition that would, in the investigator's judgement, prevent the
             patient's participation in the clinical study due to safety concerns, compliance with
             clinical study procedures, or interpretation of study results.

         18. Pregnant or nursing (lactating) women.

         19. Women of child-bearing potential, defined as all women physiologically capable of
             becoming pregnant, unless they are using highly effective methods of contraception
             while taking study medication and for 150 days after stopping medication. Highly
             effective methods of contraception methods include:

               -  Total abstinence (when this is in line with the preferred and usual lifestyle of
                  the subject. Periodic abstinence (e.g. calendar, ovulation, symptothermal,
                  post-ovulation methods) and withdrawal are not acceptable methods of
                  contraception

               -  Female sterilization (have had surgical bilateral oophorectomy with or without
                  hysterectomy), total hysterectomy, or tubal ligation at least six weeks before
                  taking investigational drug(s). In case of oophorectomy alone, only when the
                  reproductive status of the woman has been confirmed by follow up hormone level
                  assessment

               -  Male sterilization (at least 6 months prior to screening). For female subjects on
                  the study, the vasectomized male partner should be the sole partner for that
                  subject

               -  Use of oral (estrogen and progesterone), injected, or implanted hormonal methods
                  of contraception or placement of an intrauterine device (IUD) or intrauterine
                  system (IUS), or other forms of hormonal contraception that have comparable
                  efficacy (failure rate <1%), for example, hormone vaginal ring or transdermal
                  hormone contraception.

               -  In case of use of oral contraception women should have been stable on the same
                  pill for a minimum of 3 months before taking study treatment.

             NOTE: Women are considered post-menopausal and not of child bearing potential if they
             have had over 12 months of natural (spontaneous) amenorrhea with an appropriate
             clinical profile (e.g. age appropriate [generally age from 40 to 59 years], history of
             vasomotor symptoms [e.g. hot flush]) in the absence of other medical justification or
             have had surgical bilateral oophorectomy (with or without hysterectomy), total
             hysterectomy or tubal ligation at least six weeks ago. In the case of oophorectomy
             alone, only when the reproductive status of the woman has been confirmed by follow up
             hormone level assessment is she considered not of child bearing potential.

         20. A condom is required for all sexually active male participants to prevent them from
             fathering a child AND to prevent delivery of study treatment via seminal fluid to
             their partner. Sexually active males receiving NIZ985 as a single agent or in
             combination with Spartalizumab must use a condom during intercourse for 30 days after
             their last dose of NIZ985. In addition, male participants must not donate sperm for 30
             days after the last dose of NIZ985. Patients should not father a child during this
             post treatment period. A condom is required to be used also by vasectomized men as
             well as during intercourse with a male partner in order to prevent delivery of the
             drug via semen.
      
Maximum Eligible Age:N/A
Minimum Eligible Age:18 Years
Eligible Gender:All
Healthy Volunteers:No

Primary Outcome Measures

Measure:To characterize safety and tolerability of NIZ985 as a single agent and in combination with Spartalizumab: Dose Limiting Toxcities (DLTs)
Time Frame:24 months
Safety Issue:
Description:Incidence of Dose Limiting Toxicities (DLTs) in Cycle 1 (28 days) for NIZ985 as a single agent and in combination with Spartalizumab

Secondary Outcome Measures

Measure:To assess preliminary anti-tumor activity of the NIZ985 and Spartalizumab combination: Overall response Rate (ORR)
Time Frame:24 months
Safety Issue:
Description:as per RECIST 1.1 or Cheson (2014)
Measure:Best Overall Response (BOR)
Time Frame:24 months
Safety Issue:
Description:as per RECIST1.1 or Cheson (2014)
Measure:Disease control Rate (DCR)
Time Frame:24 months
Safety Issue:
Description:as per RECIST 1.1 or Cheson (2014)
Measure:Progression Free Survival (PFS) (expansion group only)
Time Frame:24 months
Safety Issue:
Description:as per RECIST 1.1 or Cheson (2014)
Measure:Duration of Response (DOR) (expansion group only)
Time Frame:24 months
Safety Issue:
Description:as per RECIST 1.1 or Cheson (2014)
Measure:To characterize the pharmacokinetics (PK) of NIZ985 as a single agent and NIZ985 and Spartalizumab in combination
Time Frame:24 months
Safety Issue:
Description:measurement of serum concentrations of NIZ985 and Spartalizumab

Details

Phase:Phase 1
Primary Purpose:Interventional
Overall Status:Recruiting
Lead Sponsor:Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Trial Keywords

  • NIZ985, Spartalizumab, immunotherapy, checkpoint Inhibitor, checkpoint inhibitor resistance, melanoma

Last Updated

March 30, 2020