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Study of Tozuleristide and the Canvas Imaging System in Pediatric Subjects With CNS Tumors Undergoing Surgery

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03579602
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : July 6, 2018
Last Update Posted : September 27, 2021
Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Blaze Bioscience Inc.

Brief Summary:
Many types of cancer are primarily treated with surgery and patient survival is directly related to the extent to which the tumor is able to be removed. It is often difficult for surgeons to distinguish tumor tissue from normal tissue or to detect tumor cells that have spread from the original tumor site, resulting in incomplete removal of the tumor and reduced patient survival. In some sites, such as the brain, it is critical to avoid damage to normal tissue around the tumor to prevent adverse effects of surgery on function. Tozuleristide is a drug that is thought to attach to tumor tissue and then fluoresces (glows) when a special light from the Canvas is shined on it. It is hypothesized that tozuleristide, when imaged with the Canvas, will improve surgical outcomes by allowing surgeons to visualize the edges of the tumor or other ambiguous tissue in real-time as they operate. The purpose of this study is to evaluate how well tozuleristide imaged with Canvas work at helping to distinguish between tumor and normal tissue during surgery in pediatric primary central nervous system tumors.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Pediatric Central Nervous System Tumor Drug: tozuleristide Device: Canvas System Phase 2 Phase 3

Expanded Access : An investigational treatment associated with this study is available outside the clinical trial.   More info ...

Detailed Description:

Subjects who provide voluntary written informed consent, or have it provided by their legally acceptable representative, will be screened for eligibility. Subjects meeting all of the inclusion and none of the exclusion criteria will be eligible to participate.

Surgical excision will occur at least 1 hour and no more than 36 hours after tozuleristide administration. Surgery will be performed by a neurosurgeon and the Canvas will be operated by a designated Imaging Operator. Fluorescence of tumor and ambiguous tissue during surgery will be assessed and scored. Biopsy samples of these tumor and ambiguous tissues will be collected for pathology analysis.

All subjects will be monitored for safety during their participation in the study.

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Study Type : Interventional
Estimated Enrollment : 114 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Subjects will be randomized 1:10 to 1 of 2 study arms. Subjects in arm 1 (~9% of subjects) will not receive tozuleristide but will undergo neurosurgery and imaging will be performed with the Canvas. Subjects in arm 2 (~91% of subjects) will receive tozuleristide and will undergo neurosurgery and imaging will be performed with the Canvas.
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Masking Description:

Central Pathology assessment and Central Radiology post-operative MRI assessment will be blinded to study arm and fluorescence data.

Central Fluorescence assessment will be blinded to study arm.

Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: A Randomized, Blinded Study of Fluorescence Detection of Pediatric Primary Central Nervous System Tumors in Subjects Receiving Tozuleristide and Imaged With the Canvas System
Actual Study Start Date : November 26, 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2021
Estimated Study Completion Date : March 2022

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Arm 1 (no tozuleristide)
Subjects randomized to Arm 1 (~9% of subjects) will not receive tozuleristide but will undergo standard of care neurosurgery and will have imaging performed with the Canvas System.
Device: Canvas System
All subjects enrolled in the study will have their tissue imaged with the Canvas System.
Other Name: mSIRIS

Experimental: Arm 2 (tozuleristide treated)
Subjects randomized to Arm 2 (~ 91% of subjects) will be administered tozuleristide at a dose of 15 mg/m^2 at least 1 hour and no more than 36 hours prior to surgery. They will undergo standard of care neurosurgery and will have imaging performed with the Canvas System.
Drug: tozuleristide
Tozuleristide will be administered at least 1 hour and no more than 36 hours prior to planned surgical excision of their tumor.
Other Names:
  • BLZ-100
  • Tumor Paint

Device: Canvas System
All subjects enrolled in the study will have their tissue imaged with the Canvas System.
Other Name: mSIRIS

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Sensitivity and specificity of tozuleristide fluorescence to detect tumor in equivocal (ambiguous) tissue during surgery when imaged with the Canvas system [ Time Frame: During surgery (which occurs at least 1 hour post tozuleristide administration) ]
    Sensitivity and specificity of tozuleristide imaged with the Canvas system to fluorescently identify tumor in equivocal tissue will be evaluated based on assessments made by the surgeon and imaging operator. These measures will be compared to the sensitivity and specificity of surgical designation of equivocal tissue without fluorescence.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Safety - number of patients with adverse events [ Time Frame: AEs will be collected from day of randomization until Day 8. Subjects will be contacted monthly for up to 3 months post-surgery for safety assessments. ]
    Safety will be assessed by physical examination and measurement of vital signs and laboratory safety parameters.

  2. Extent of resection [ Time Frame: At completion of surgery and up to 72 hours post-surgery for MRI assessment. If additional MRIs are obtained within 3 months post-surgery, they will be submitted for central MRI review. ]
    Extent of resection will be evaluated by the surgeon and by central review of post-operative magnetic resonance images (MRI). Extent of resection will be designated in the following categories: gross total resection (GTR; all tumor removed), near total resection (NTR; bulk of tumor removed), sub-total resection (STR; residual tumor present).

  3. Concentration of tozuleristide in the blood (pharmacokinetics) [ Time Frame: Subjects in Arm 2 only will have blood samples collected at 2 time points: One within 30 minutes after tozuleristide administration and one between 30 minutes and 180 minutes after tozuleristide administration. ]
    Tozuleristide concentration in the blood will be analyzed by chemical means and these data will be used to calculate pharmacokinetic parameters.

  4. Performance of the Canvas system [ Time Frame: After completion of surgery ]
    The surgeon and imaging operator will complete a survey to evaluate the usability of the Canvas during surgery

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Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Month to 30 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Subjects must be >1 month and ≤30 years of age at the time of study enrollment
  2. Subjects must have MRI obtained within 30 days of study enrollment documenting a measurable lesion consistent with a pediatric primary CNS tumor for which maximal safe resection is indicated
  3. Adequate renal function
  4. Adequate liver function
  5. Prior therapy: Subjects with prior therapy are eligible provided they have recovered from any acute toxic effects of prior therapy and have sufficient time interval prior to enrollment:

    1. Radiation therapy: subjects may not have had radiation therapy to the area of tumor planned to be resected within 28 days of study enrollment
    2. Chemotherapy: at least 14 days from any myelosuppressive chemotherapy (28 days if prior nitrosourea) and if prior chemotherapy, must have an absolute neutrophil count recovery of ≥ 1000/mm3 following count nadir
    3. Biologic: at least 7 days from any anti-neoplastic biologic agent (at least 3 half-lives since last administration of monoclonal antibodies)
    4. Immunotherapy: at least 42 days after completion of any cellular immunotherapy, such as CAR-T cell therapy
    5. Prior surgery for CNS tumors is allowed
    6. Prior tozuleristide: at least 1 week after prior dose of tozuleristide if previously treated
  6. Written informed consent must be obtained from the subject or parent or legal guardian prior to the conduct of study activities. Routine clinical tests, e.g., MRI, clinical laboratory studies, may be used for screening requirements. Assent, when appropriate, will be obtained according to institutional guidelines.
  7. The risks of treatment with tozuleristide during pregnancy have not been evaluated. Female subjects of child-bearing potential must agree not to attempt to become pregnant or undergo in vitro fertilization and, if participating in sexual activity that could lead to pregnancy, must use 2 reliable methods of contraception simultaneously for 30 days after surgery. Male subjects must agree not to attempt to father a child and, if participating in sexual activity that could lead to pregnancy, must use 2 reliable methods of contraception simultaneously for 30 days after surgery if their partner is of child-bearing potential.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Pregnancy and contraception: Subjects who are pregnant or breast-feeding or planning to conceive a child within 30 days are not eligible. Males and females of childbearing potential must agree to use 2 effective forms of contraception from the time of enrollment until 30 days post-surgery
  2. Subjects with on-going serious medical conditions (poorly controlled asthma, diabetes, heart disease) such that participation in the study could put the subject at increased risk of worsening their condition
  3. Subjects planned to undergo only a diagnostic biopsy procedure, without intent to resect tissue for therapeutic purposes (e.g., stereotactic pontine biopsy)
  4. Subjects who in the opinion of the investigator are not willing or able to comply with randomization procedures or other study-required study procedures and observations. Subjects previously enrolled and randomized to Arm 1 (control) are not eligible for re-enrollment unless a second surgery is required by standard of care.

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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 identifier (NCT number): NCT03579602

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Contact: PNOC Regulatory (415) 502-1600

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United States, California
Chlidren's Hospital Los Angeles Recruiting
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90027
Contact: Emily Montenegro    323-361-7217   
Principal Investigator: Ashley Margol, MD         
University of California, San Francisco Recruiting
San Francisco, California, United States, 94158
Contact: Sabine Mueller, MD, PhD    415-476-3831   
Contact: MD         
Principal Investigator: Sabine Mueller, MD, PhD         
United States, District of Columbia
Children's National Medical Center Withdrawn
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20010
United States, Florida
University of Florida Shands Hospital Recruiting
Gainesville, Florida, United States, 32608
Contact: Jennifer F King   
Principal Investigator: Lance S. Governale, MD         
United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins University Recruiting
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21287
Contact: Kenneth J. Cohen, MD, MBA   
Contact: Kenneth Seidl    410-502-8898   
Principal Investigator: Kenneth J. Cohen, MD, MBA         
United States, Michigan
Children's Hospital of Michigan Recruiting
Detroit, Michigan, United States, 48201
Contact: Neena Marupudi, MD    313-833-4490   
Principal Investigator: Neena Marupudi, MD         
United States, Minnesota
Children's Minnesota Recruiting
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States, 55102
Contact: Anne E. Bendel, MD    612-813-5940   
Contact: Mary M. Skrypek, MD    612-813-7167   
Principal Investigator: Anne Bendel, MD         
United States, Missouri
Washington University St. Louis Children's Hospital Recruiting
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, 63110
Contact: Mohamed Abdelbaki, MD   
Contact: Heather Roemerman   
Principal Investigator: Mohamed Abdelbaki, MD         
United States, Tennessee
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Recruiting
Memphis, Tennessee, United States, 38105
Contact: Anna Vinitsky, MD         
Principal Investigator: Anna Vinitsky, MD         
United States, Washington
Seattle Children's Hospital Recruiting
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98105
Contact: CBDC Intake   
Principal Investigator: Sarah Leary, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Blaze Bioscience Inc.
Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium
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Principal Investigator: Sarah Leary, MD Seattle Children's Hospital
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Responsible Party: Blaze Bioscience Inc. Identifier: NCT03579602    
Other Study ID Numbers: BB-006
PNOC012 ( Other Identifier: Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium )
First Posted: July 6, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 27, 2021
Last Verified: September 2021

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: Yes
Device Product Not Approved or Cleared by U.S. FDA: Yes
Keywords provided by Blaze Bioscience Inc.:
Tumor Paint
Canvas imaging system
CNS tumor
brain cancer
fluorescence guided surgery
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Nervous System Diseases