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Intratumoral Microdosing of TAK-981 in Head and Neck Cancer

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04065555
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 22, 2019
Last Update Posted : July 29, 2022
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Presage Biosciences

Brief Summary:
This is a multi-center, single arm, open-label, multi-agent, localized pharmacodynamic biomarker Phase 0 trial designed to study the biological effects within the tumor microenvironment of TAK-981 and TAK-981 combined with cetuximab or avelumab when administered intratumorally in microdose quantities via the CIVO device. CIVO stands for comparative in vivo oncology.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Head and Neck Cancer Drug: TAK-981 Biological: Cetuximab Biological: Avelumab Combination Product: TAK-981 + Cetuximab Combination Product: TAK-981 + Avelumab Early Phase 1

Detailed Description:

CIVO is a research tool composed of a hand-held single-use sterile injector coupled with fluorescent tracking microspheres called CIVO GLO that mark the sites of drug microdose injection, enabling rapid assessment of multiple oncology drugs or drug combinations simultaneously within a patient's tumor. In this Phase 0 intratumoral microdosing study in human patients with localized or metastatic primary tumors of the head and neck (who will be undergoing previously planned tumor and regional nodes dissection), we will evaluate TAK-981's ability to activate innate immune effector cells within the local tumor microenvironment. Additionally, this study will examine TAK-981 in combination with cetuximab or avelumab to study whether TAK-981 enhances the localized immune responses compared to those of either immunotherapy alone. TAK-981 singly and in combination with cetuximab or avelumab will be delivered intratumorally in subtherapeutic microdose quantities via CIVO.

The CIVO device penetrates solid tumors and delivers subtherapeutic microdoses of up to eight anti-cancer agents or combinations of anti-cancer agents co-injected with CIVO GLO into discrete regions of the tumor. At the time of the planned surgical intervention (one or three days after the CIVO microdose injection), the injected tumor tissue is then excised and tumor responses are assessed via histological staining of tumor cross-sections sampled perpendicular to each injection column. Co-injection with CIVO GLO enables identification of each injection site during resection as well as in tissues stained for analysis. Because the platform delivers microdose amounts of each test agent or combination directly into the patient's tumor tissue, hypotheses can be tested earlier in the drug development process, consistent with the goals of the 2006 FDA Exploratory IND Guidance for Industry.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 12 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Evaluation of TAK-981 and TAK-981 Combinations Following Intratumoral CIVO® Microdosing in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer
Actual Study Start Date : October 7, 2020
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 20, 2022
Actual Study Completion Date : July 20, 2022

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: CIVO Microdose Injection of TAK-981, Cetuximab, and Avelumab
Patients who are scheduled for surgical biopsy or tumor resection surgery will be injected one day (Cohort 1) or three days (Cohort 2) prior to surgery using the CIVO device. Each needle of the CIVO device will deliver up to 8.3 microliters of solution, including a vehicle control (sterile saline) or subtherapeutic microdoses of TAK-981, cetuximab, avelumab, TAK-981 combined with cetuximab, or TAK-981 combined with avelumab. Each microdose is simultaneously injected in a columnar fashion through each of 8, 5, or 3 needles (in a device configuration determined by tumor dimensions) into a single solid tumor or effaced metastatic lymph node. Approximately six patients will be assigned to each time point cohort. Cohort assignment is not sequential and will be selected by the Investigator based on clinic logistics and patient scheduling. Should one cohort fill in advance of the other, sites will be directed by Presage to enroll patients into the second cohort only.
Drug: TAK-981
Intratumoral microdose injection by the CIVO device.

Biological: Cetuximab
Intratumoral microdose injection by the CIVO device.
Other Name: ERBITUX

Biological: Avelumab
Intratumoral microdose injection by the CIVO device.
Other Name: Bavencio

Combination Product: TAK-981 + Cetuximab
Intratumoral microdose injection by the CIVO device.
Other Name: TAK-981 + ERBITUX

Combination Product: TAK-981 + Avelumab
Intratumoral microdose injection by the CIVO device.
Other Name: TAK-981 + Bavencio

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Quantification of Cell Death and Immune Cell Biomarkers by Immunohistochemistry (IHC) and In-Situ Hybridization (ISH) in Resected Tissue [ Time Frame: 1 or 3 days after microdose injection ]
    Quantification of biomarker-positive and biomarker-negative cells will be performed within the tumor microenvironment around each of the injection sites of each resected patient sample by IHC and ISH. An aggregate analysis of this quantification may be done across patient samples to evaluate trends in tumor response. List of biomarkers evaluated may include biomarkers for cell death (e.g. cleaved caspase 3), T-cells (e.g. CD3, CD8/Granzyme B), and natural killer (NK) or myeloid cells (e.g. CD56/Granzyme B, CD86, CD68).

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Number of Patients with Adverse Events [ Time Frame: Up to 28 days after microdose injection ]
    Relationship of AE to study drug or CIVO device will be determined using an AE Relatedness Grading System.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Ability and willingness to comply with the study's visit and assessment schedule.
  2. Male or female ≥ 18 years of age at Visit 1 (Screening).
  3. Pathologic diagnosis of primary cancers of the head and neck.
  4. Ability and willingness to provide written informed consent. Voluntary written consent must be given before performance of any study related procedure not part of standard medical care, with the understanding that consent may be withdrawn by the patient at any time without prejudice to future medical care.
  5. At least one lesion (primary tumor, recurrent tumor, or effaced metastatic lymph node) ≥ 2 cm in the shortest diameter that is surface accessible for CIVO injection that may be guided by ultrasound if appropriate and for which there is a planned surgical intervention. Treatment plan may include adjuvant radiation or chemotherapy and patients must have no medical contraindication to surgery.
  6. ECOG (Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group) performance status of 0-2.
  7. Female patients who:

    • Are postmenopausal for at least one year before the screening visit, OR
    • Are surgically sterile, OR
    • If they are of childbearing potential, agree to practice two effective methods of contraception, at the same time, from the time of signing of the informed consent through four months after the tumor injection procedure, OR agree to completely abstain from heterosexual intercourse.
    • Agree to refrain from donating ova during study participation.

Male patients, even if surgically sterile (i.e., status post-vasectomy), who:

  • Agree to practice effective barrier contraception during the entire study treatment period through four months after the tumor injection procedure, OR
  • Agree to completely abstain from heterosexual intercourse.
  • Agree to refrain from donating sperm during study participation.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Tumors or effaced nodes that are anticipated by the Investigator to lack a sufficient volume of viable tumor tissue (based on available pre-operative imaging, pre-injection ultrasound imaging, or pathology reports) for CIVO injection due to size, location, necrosis, cysts, excessive stroma, fibrosis, or treatment-induced tissue changes. Lesions that have received neoadjuvant radiation therapy may lack sufficient viable tumor tissue for CIVO injection procedures.
  2. Patients who have received prior treatment with cetuximab or immune checkpoint inhibitors.
  3. Female patients who are both lactating and breastfeeding or have a positive serum pregnancy during the screening period or a positive urine pregnancy test on Day 1 before the tumor injection procedure.
  4. Any uncontrolled intercurrent illness, condition, serious medical or psychiatric illness, or circumstance that, in the opinion of the Investigator, could interfere with adherence to the study's procedures or requirements, or otherwise compromise the study's objectives.
  5. Patients with uncontrolled autoimmune diseases requiring treatment.
  6. Patients with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) with uncontrolled viral load and CD4 (Cluster of Differentiation 4) less than 200.
  7. Patients that have received a live vaccine within 4 weeks of the baseline/screening visit.
  8. Patients with a sensitivity to Captisol.
  9. Use of any of the following ≤ 2 weeks prior to CIVO injection:

    1. Immunosuppressive drugs (e.g., calcineurin inhibitors)
    2. Biological response modifiers for autoimmune disease
    3. Systemic glucocorticoids: oral or parenteral corticosteroids at a dose ≥ 20 mg/day prednisone, or equivalent Note: physiologic replacement dosing of steroids (≤ 3mg/m2/d prednisone or equivalent), low-dose corticosteroids for dye allergies prior to staging scans or use in anti-emetic prophylaxis for patients undergoing chemotherapy, or topical steroids, are allowed
    4. Hematopoietic growth factors

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United States, Michigan
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109
United States, New York
Northwell Health (Monter Cancer Center)
N. New Hyde Park, New York, United States, 11042
Northwell Health (Lenox Hill)
New York, New York, United States, 10075
United States, Oregon
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
Portland, Oregon, United States, 97239
Portland VA
Portland, Oregon, United States, 97239
United States, Washington
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98109
Sponsors and Collaborators
Presage Biosciences
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Study Director: Medical Director Presage Biosciences
Additional Information:

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Responsible Party: Presage Biosciences
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04065555    
Other Study ID Numbers: PBI-TAK-01
First Posted: August 22, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 29, 2022
Last Verified: July 2022
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Presage Biosciences:
precision oncology
intratumoral microdosing
microdose injection
in vivo oncology
in vivo drug sensitivity
tumor microenvironment
multiplexed immunohistochemistry
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Antibodies, Monoclonal
Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs