ImmunoGen Presents Findings from Expansion Cohorts in Phase 1b/2 Study of Pivekimab Sunirine with Vidaza® and Venclexta® in Acute Myeloid Leukemia at ASH
Broad Anti-Leukemia Activity in Relapsed/Refractory and Frontline AML Presented in
Recommended Phase 2 Dose Well-Tolerated; Determination of Optimal Venclexta Duration Ongoing in Separate Cohorts
"While azacitidine and venetoclax have improved outcomes for patients with frontline AML, overall survival unfortunately remains poor in both this population and those with relapsed/refractory AML," said Naval Daver, MD, Associate Professor in the
BROAD ACTIVITY FOR THE PIVEKIMAB SUNIRINE, AZACITIDINE, AND VENETOCLAX TRIPLET IN HIGH-RISK PATIENTS WITH RELAPSED/REFRACTORY ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA (Abstract #62)
Lead Author: Naval Daver, MD
Key findings from the open-label, multicenter, Phase 1b/2 study of pivekimab in combination with azacitidine and venetoclax in patients with R/R and frontline CD123-positive AML include:
- 91 patients with CD123-positive R/R AML received pivekimab at 15 mcg/kg or 45 mcg/kg on day 7, azacitidine at 50 mg/m2 or 75 mg/m2 on days 1-7, and venetoclax at 400 mg daily for 8, 14 or 21 days per 28-day cycle.
- The triplet displayed a manageable safety profile in R/R AML patients.
The most common treatment emergent adverse events (all grades [grade 3+ events]) were febrile neutropenia (33%, [29%]), thrombocytopenia (23%, [20%]), dyspnea (22% [6%]), infusion-related reactions (22%, [2%]), hypokalemia (21% [2%]) and fatigue (20% [2%]).
- Rates of cytopenias were similar to those observed with a hypomethylating agent and venetoclax.
- No tumor lysis syndrome, veno-occlusive disease, capillary leak syndrome, or cytokine release syndrome were reported.
- Discontinuations due to pivekimab-related adverse events were 5%.
- 30-day mortality was 6%, with no treatment-related deaths.
In the R/R cohort, objective response rate (ORR [CR, CRh, CRp, CRi, MLFS) was 45% with a composite complete remission (CCR [CR, CRh, CRp, CRi]) rate of 25%.
- Venetoclax-naïve patients had an ORR of 53% and CCR of 38%; in patients who had prior venetoclax exposure, the ORR was 36% and CCR was 11%.
- Responses were observed in 9 of 11 patients with FLT3-ITD AML with an ORR of 82% and a CCR of 64%.
- Enrollment in the R/R cohort is complete.
In the 10 frontline patients enrolled, pivekimab was administered at 45 mcg/kg on day 7, azacitidine at 75 mg/m2 on days 1-7, and venetoclax at 400 mg for at least 14 days per 28-day cycle.
- 5/10 (50%) patients achieved a CR and 3/4 (75%) patients tested had a minimal residual disease (MRD)-negative CR.
- At the time of data cut-off, 5 patients remain on treatment.
- Enrollment in the frontline cohort continues in the US and EU.
"These data presented at ASH demonstrate this triplet's encouraging anti-leukemia activity and tolerability, and reinforce our belief in pivekimab's potential as a novel addition to the azacitidine and venetoclax regimen for AML," said
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ABOUT PIVEKIMAB SUNIRINE
Pivekimab sunirine is a CD123-targeting ADC in clinical development for hematological malignancies, including blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and other CD123+ hematologic malignancies. Pivekimab is being evaluated as monotherapy for patients with BPDCN, as a doublet with magrolimab in patients with relapsed/refractory AML, and as a triplet with Vidaza® (azacitidine) and Venclexta® (venetoclax) in patients with frontline AML. Pivekimab uses one of ImmunoGen's novel indolinobenzodiazepine (IGN) payloads, which alkylate DNA and cause single strand breaks without crosslinking. IGNs are designed to have high potency against tumor cells and have been observed in preclinical studies and clinical trials to have less toxicity to normal marrow progenitors than other DNA-targeting payloads. The
ABOUT ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA (AML)
AML is a cancer of the bone marrow cells that produce white blood cells. It causes the marrow to increasingly generate abnormal, immature white blood cells (blasts) that do not mature into effective infection-fighting cells. The blasts quickly fill the bone marrow, impacting the production of normal platelets and red blood cells. The resulting deficiencies in normal blood cells leave the patient vulnerable to infections, bleeding problems, and anemia. It is estimated that, in the US alone, more than 20,000 people will be diagnosed with AML and more than 11,000 will die from the disease this year.
CD123, the interleukin-3 alpha chain, is expressed on multiple myeloid and lymphoid cancers including AML, BPDCN, ALL, chronic myeloid leukemia, and myeloproliferative neoplasms. With limited expression on normal hematopoietic cells, rapid internalization, and expression on AML leukemia stem cells, CD123 is a clinically validated therapeutic target.
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