The IMO-2125-ipilimumab dose-selection phase included 18 patients, all but one of whom had progressed on nivolumab or pembrolizumab. Patients were treated with up to 6 doses of intratumoral IMO-2125 at doses ranging from 4 to 32 mg, along with standard dosing of ipilimumab. No dose-limiting toxicities were seen and the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) was not reached. No previously unreported immune-related toxicities were observed. The 8 mg IMO-2125 dose was selected for further development in combination with ipilimumab based upon acceptable safety, clinical activity, and evidence for target engagement on serial biopsies of the injected tumor and a distant (non-injected) metastasis.
- Nine patients were treated at the Recommended Phase 2 Dose (RP2D) of 8 mg IMO-2125 (in combination with ipilimumab)
- Confirmed RECIST v1.1 responses (including 1 Complete Response (CR) ≥ 1 year) were observed in 4 of these 9 subjects (44%);
- Overall 6 patients out of 9 treated at the RP2D (67%) experienced disease control (CR, PR, or durable SD);
- A RECIST v1.1 PR of > 1 year duration is ongoing in a patient treated with IMO-2125 4 mg (in combination with ipilimumab);
- IMO-2125 in combination with ipilimumab is tolerable at all dose levels studied
- IMO-2125 was safely administered via deep injection (using interventional radiology guidance) in patients lacking superficially accessible disease for injection
- Dose escalation with IMO-2125 and pembrolizumab is ongoing; one patient has an ongoing PR by RECIST (v1.1), and;
- An abstract highlighting translational findings from the trial has been accepted as an oral presentation for the upcoming
Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer( SITC) meeting in November.
"The majority of patients with solid tumors do not respond to anti-PD-1 therapy and the published response rate to ipilimumab alone in anti-PD-1 refractory melanoma is only10-13%; to be seeing 6 out of 9 patients experiencing clear disease control is extremely exciting," stated
"Based on these positive and encouraging response data in anti-PD-1 refractory melanoma, where the greatest need exists, we have expanded the target number of patients in the ongoing Phase 2 expansion, including broadening eligibility to patients who have received prior ipilimumab, including the ipilimumab/PD-1 inhibitor combination," stated
A copy of the poster presentation is currently available on Idera's corporate website at http://www.iderapharma.com/our-approach/key-publications/.
About the Phase 1/2 trial of IMO-2125 in combination with ipilimumab (NCT02644967)
Study 2125-204 is a Phase 1/2 open-label study of intratumoral IMO-2125 given in combination with either ipilimumab or pembrolizumab to patients with PD-(L)1 refractory melanoma with a planned enrollment of approximately 90 patients. IMO-2125 is given in escalating dosages from 4 to 32 mg combined with either ipilimumab (3 mg/kg i.v. every 3 weeks for 4 doses) or pembrolizumab (2 mg/kg i.v. every 3 weeks). Study endpoints are safety, tumor response, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacokinetics. Serial biopsies of both the injected and a distant tumor are being performed for translational immunologic studies. Preliminary data, presented at
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