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A Phase I/Ib Study of MEK162, a MEK Inhibitor, in Combination With Carboplatin and Pemetrexed in Patients With Non-squamous Carcinoma of the Lung (MEK162)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02185690
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 9, 2014
Last Update Posted : April 2, 2021
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Health Network, Toronto

Brief Summary:

MEK162 has shown significant inhibition of tumor growth as a single agent in NSCLC xenograft models in mice and human cancer cells in vitro, which have KRAS and/or other mutations. These data suggest that MEK162 may provide a potential benefit in cancer indications harboring these mutations. MEK162 is currently being investigated in phase I clinical testing and has been well tolerated up to an MTD of 45mg BID in cancer patients.

There has been little change in survival benefit for patients with non-small cell lung cancer in recent years. Emerging new treatment options relying on molecular and genetic markers are being studied extensively. Thus, there has been a shift to manage non-small cell lung cancer with molecular targeted therapies in combination with standard chemotherapy. This study will be targeting patients with KRAS mutations.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lungcancer Drug: Binimetinib Drug: Pemetrexed Drug: Carboplatin Phase 1

Detailed Description:


1.1 Primary Objectives

  • To assess the safety of MEK162 administered in combination with carboplatin and pemetrexed as first line treatment in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
  • To determine the recommended phase II dose (RP2D) of MEK162 to be used when given in a continuous dosing schedule together with pemetrexed and carboplatin administered on a 3-weekly schedule as first line treatment in advanced NSCLC.
  • To explore the efficacy (as measured by tumor response in the Phase Ib portion) of the combination of MEK162 in addition to pemetrexed and carboplatin in treatment-naïve patients with EGFR wild-type, ALK-rearrangement negative NSCLC of the lung.

1.2 Secondary Objectives

  • To characterize the population pharmacokinetics of MEK162 administered in combination with carboplatin and pemetrexed (Phase I).
  • To explore relationships between KRAS mutation (and sub-types) and additional genomic mutations and objective clinical response.

1.3 Trial End-points Primary Phase I • Development of dose-limiting toxicity (DLT), (defined in section 4.3) as measured with NCI CTC AE v4.

Phase Ib

• Objective response rate (ORR) as per RECIST v1.1.

Secondary Phase I • Adverse events, serious adverse events, changes in hematology and chemistry values, vital signs, ECGs.

Phase Ib

  • Evaluation of response rate (RR), progression-free survival (PFS) and disease control rate (DCR) for patients with and without KRAS mutation in tumor tissue.
  • Exploratory analysis of KRAS mutation sub-type.

Exploratory end-points

• A limited sampling strategy pharmacokinetic model will be used to ensure that the clearance of MEK162 is not influenced by the concurrent administration of pemetrexed-based chemotherapy.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 13 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I/Ib Study of MEK162, a MEK Inhibitor, in Combination With Carboplatin and Pemetrexed in Patients With Non-squamous Carcinoma of the Lung
Actual Study Start Date : January 11, 2018
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 4, 2019
Actual Study Completion Date : July 4, 2019

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Lung Cancer

Arm Intervention/treatment
Binimetinib efficacy/safety

This is a Phase I/Ib, open-label, dose-escalation, multi-center, non-randomized study designed to evaluate the safety and tolerability of oral Binimetinib in combination with carboplatin and pemetrexed.

Phase I part A standard 3+3 dose-escalation will be used to determine the maximum administered dose (MAD) and the RP2D for the combination in subjects with advanced non-squamous lung carcinoma.

Phase Ib part Once RP2D has been identified, an expansion cohort will be accrued; these patients will be stratified by KRAS genotype.

The RP2D will be expanded by enrolling additional patients, stratified by KRAS genotype, to a total of 30 patients eligible for the safety set (including those treated at the same dose combination in the dose-escalation phase of the study who are eligible for the safety set) to be evaluated for safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and biologic activity of MEK162.

Drug: Binimetinib

Continuous MEK162 with dose escalation until the Recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D) one dose level below the Maximum administered dose (MAD) or progression of disease.

MEK162 tablets 15 mg strength will be taken orally on a BID dose schedule.

Other Name: MEK162

Drug: Pemetrexed
4-6 cycles given intravenously in combination with carboplatin as per standard therapy.
Other Name: Alimta

Drug: Carboplatin
4-6 cycles of intravenous Carboplatin in combination with Pemetrexed as per standard therapy.
Other Name: Paraplatin AG

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Development of dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) in milligrams per day. [ Time Frame: 18 weeks of treatment ]
    To determine the recommended dose in milligrams per day of the combination of MEK162 with standard therapy pemetrexed and carboplatin as determined by toxicity.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Objective response rate (ORR) as per RECIST v1.1. [ Time Frame: 18 weeks of treatment & 30 days followup ]
    The size of tumours in centimetres before and after treatment. The measurements will be compared against the RECIST v1.1 criteria to ascertain response as defined in the protocol.

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Clearance (millilitres per minute)of MEK162 [ Time Frame: 18 weeks of treatment ]

    Exploratory end-points

    • A limited sampling strategy pharmacokinetic model will be used to ensure that the clearance of MEK162 is not influenced by the concurrent administration of pemetrexed-based chemotherapy.

  2. Progression Free Survival measured in weeks. [ Time Frame: 18 weeks of treatment and 30 days of Follow up ]

    • Evaluation progression-free survival (PFS) for patients with and without KRAS mutation in tumor tissue.

    Number of weeks survived before progression or death.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects eligible for enrolment on the study must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Patients with histologically confirmed non-squamous EGFR wild-type, ALK-rearrangement negative carcinoma of lung. Patients with neuroendocrine carcinoma, mixed small and non-small cell carcinoma or squamous carcinoma are not eligible.
  • Tissue available for KRAS mutation status analysis.
  • Patients must have metastatic disease (Incurable stage IIIB/stage IV).
  • Patients must have clinically and/or radiographically documented measurable disease. At least one site of disease must be unidimensionally measurable by RECIST v1.1 as follows (Eisenhauer et al.):

CT-scan, physical exam ≥10 mm Chest X-ray ≥20 mm Lymph node short axis ≥15 mm

  • All radiology studies must be performed within 28 days prior to registration (35 days if negative).
  • Lesions in previously irradiated areas should not be selected unless there is clear evidence of progression in such lesions.
  • Patients may not have received any prior systemic treatment for metastatic NSCLC. Patients who have received adjuvant treatment or chemoradiation for stage III disease should have completed this ≥12 months prior to study enrollment.
  • Patients with stable CNS metastases are permitted if stability of disease is documented with imaging ≥28 days after treatment completion, are and off corticosteroids by day 1 of study treatment.
  • Patients may have had prior malignancy if definitively treated and/or, in the opinion of the investigator, the only active malignancy is NSCLC. Patients with mixed small cell lung cancer histology are excluded. Patients who have received radiotherapy to >30% bone marrow are excluded. Consult PI if unsure whether second malignancies meet requirements specified above.
  • In patients treated for other malignancy, all prior treatment-related toxicities must be CTCAE v4.0 ≤ Grade 1 (except alopecia) at the time of enrollment.
  • Able to swallow and retain oral medication and does not have any clinically significant gastrointestinal abnormalities that may alter absorption such as malabsorption syndrome or major resection of the stomach or bowels.
  • Patients receiving medications or substances that are inhibitors or inducers of CYP1A2, CYP2A19, CYP2B6, CYP3A4 and/or UGT1A1 and UGT1A9 are eligible but these drugs must be used with caution (Appendix C).

Because the lists of these agents are constantly changing, it is important to regularly consult a frequently-updated list such as http://medicine.iupui.edu/clinpharm/ddis/table.aspx;

  • Patients must be aged ≥18 years.
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status ≤1
  • Adequate organ and laboratory parameters, defined below.
  • Laboratory Requirements - within 7 days prior to enrollment:

Haematology: absolute granulocytes ≥1.5 × 109/L platelets ≥100 × 109/L Biochemistry: bilirubin ≤1.25 × institutional upper limit of normal AST(SGOT) ≤2.5 × institutional upper limit of normal /ALT(SGPT) or ≤5 × institutional upper limit of normal in the presence of liver metastases

creatinine clearance ≥45 mL/min/1.73 m2

-Patients must be able to provide Informed Consent based on the details below:

  • absence of any psychological, familial, sociological or geographical condition potentially hampering compliance with the study protocol and follow-up schedule; those conditions should be discussed with the patient before registration in the trial
  • before patient registration/randomization, written informed consent must be given according to ICH/GCP, and national/local regulations.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History or current evidence/risk of retinal vein occlusion (RVO) or central serous retinopathy (CSR):

    • History of RVO or CSR, or predisposing factors to RVO or CSR (e.g., uncontrolled glaucoma or ocular hypertension, uncontrolled systemic disease such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, or history of hyperviscosity or hypercoagulability syndromes). Patients with prior deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism are permitted.
    • Visible retinal pathology as assessed by ophthalmologic exam that is considered a risk factor for RVO or CSR such as:
  • Evidence of new optic disc cupping
  • Evidence of new visual field defects on automated perimetry
  • Intraocular pressure >21mmHg as measured by tonography
  • Any serious and/or unstable pre-existing medical (aside from malignancy exception), psychiatric disorder, or other conditions that could interfere with subjects' safety, obtaining informed consent or compliance to the study procedures, in the opinion of the PI.
  • History of interstitial lung disease or pneumonitis.
  • Evidence of severe or uncontrolled systemic diseases (e.g., unstable or uncompensated respiratory, hepatic, renal metabolic or cardiac disease).
  • Any factors that increase the risk of QTc prolongation or risk of arrhythmic events (e.g. congenital long QT syndrome, family history of long QT syndrome, hypokalemia) or baseline QTcB interval ≥480 msec.
  • History of acute coronary syndromes (including myocardial infarction and unstable angina), coronary angioplasty, or stenting within the past 6 months or cardiac metastases.
  • History or evidence of current clinically significant uncontrolled arrhythmias.
  • History or evidence of current ≥Class II congestive heart failure as defined by New York Heart Association (NYHA).
  • Known positivity for Hepatitis B surface antigen or Hepatitis C antibody.
  • Known Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection.
  • Treatment refractory hypertension defined as a blood pressure systolic >140 mmHg and/or diastolic >90 mmHg which cannot be controlled by anti-hypertensive therapy.
  • Subjects with intra-cardiac defibrillators or permanent pacemakers.
  • Pregnant or nursing (lactating) women are excluded.
  • Female patient of child bearing potential must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test.
  • Women of child-bearing potential must agree to use of appropriate contraceptive methods throughout the study and for 120 days after, These methods include
  • Total abstinence or 2 barrier methods or a barrier method plus hormonal method from visit 1 to 120 days after the last dose of treatment.
  • Men must agree to use an appropriate method of contraception starting with first dose of study drug through 120 days after the last dose of treatment (see above).
  • Whilst not excluded, patients with significant impaired hearing must be made aware of potential ototoxicity and may choose not to be included. If included, baseline audiograms are recommended and should be followed by repeat audiograms prior to cycle 2.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02185690

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Canada, Alberta
Cross Cancer Institute
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G1Z2
Canada, Ontario
Juravinski Cancer Centre
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8V 5C2
The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1G 3Y9
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G2M9
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Health Network, Toronto
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
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Principal Investigator: Natasha Leighl, MD UHN - Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Study Director: Amit Oza, MD Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Drug Development Program
Ding L, Getz G, Wheeler DA, Mardis ER, McLellan MD, Cibulskis K, Sougnez C, Greulich H, Muzny DM, Morgan MB, Fulton L, Fulton RS, Zhang Q, Wendl MC, Lawrence MS, Larson DE, Chen K, Dooling DJ, Sabo A, Hawes AC, Shen H, Jhangiani SN, Lewis LR, Hall O, Zhu Y, Mathew T, Ren Y, Yao J, Scherer SE, Clerc K, Metcalf GA, Ng B, Milosavljevic A, Gonzalez-Garay ML, Osborne JR, Meyer R, Shi X, Tang Y, Koboldt DC, Lin L, Abbott R, Miner TL, Pohl C, Fewell G, Haipek C, Schmidt H, Dunford-Shore BH, Kraja A, Crosby SD, Sawyer CS, Vickery T, Sander S, Robinson J, Winckler W, Baldwin J, Chirieac LR, Dutt A, Fennell T, Hanna M, Johnson BE, Onofrio RC, Thomas RK, Tonon G, Weir BA, Zhao X, Ziaugra L, Zody MC, Giordano T, Orringer MB, Roth JA, Spitz MR, Wistuba II, Ozenberger B, Good PJ, Chang AC, Beer DG, Watson MA, Ladanyi M, Broderick S, Yoshizawa A, Travis WD, Pao W, Province MA, Weinstock GM, Varmus HE, Gabriel SB, Lander ES, Gibbs RA, Meyerson M, Wilson RK. Somatic mutations affect key pathways in lung adenocarcinoma. Nature. 2008 Oct 23;455(7216):1069-75. doi: 10.1038/nature07423.

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: University Health Network, Toronto
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02185690    
Other Study ID Numbers: CMEK162ACA02T
CMEK162ACA02T ( Other Identifier: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc )
First Posted: July 9, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 2, 2021
Last Verified: April 2021

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: Yes
Keywords provided by University Health Network, Toronto:
Lung cancer
Non small cell lung cancer
non squamous
combination chemotherapy
Phase 1
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Lung Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Folic Acid Antagonists
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors