CO-1686 Receives Breakthrough Designation for EGFR T790M-Positive NSCLC


CO-1686 has received a breakthrough therapy designation from the FDA for its potential as a treatment for patients with metastatic T790M mutation-positive NSCLC who have received at least one prior line of EGFR-targeted therapy.

Patrick J. Mahaffy

The EGFR inhibitor CO-1686 has received a breakthrough therapy designation from the FDA for its potential as a treatment for patients with metastatic T790M mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have received at least one prior line of EGFR-targeted therapy.

The new designation was based on results from an ongoing phase I/II study that showed an overall response rate (ORR) of 64% in pretreated patients with EGFR T790M mutation—positive NSCLC. The FDA's breakthrough therapy designation will help expedite Clovis Oncology's development of CO-1686 for patients with the acquired resistance mutation, which occurs in approximately 60% of patients treated with frontline EGFR inhibitors.

“We very much appreciate this designation by FDA, which recognizes the meaningful benefit CO-1686 may provide patients with T790M positive NSCLC,” Patrick J. Mahaffy, president and CEO of Clovis Oncology, said in a release. “This designation is well timed for us as well, as the increased interaction with FDA that it provides will come as we are initiating our registration studies and preparing to submit our initial New Drug Application (NDA) by mid-2015.”

In August 2013, Clovis Oncology transitioned CO-1686 from an initial freebase capsule to the current hydrobromide salt formulation. Following the reformulation, the company noted a lack of cutaneous and gastrointestinal toxicity at the 500 mg daily dose.

Interim results from the phase I/II study that were the basis for the designation were presented at the European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC) in March 2013. This analysis contained data from 62 patients treated with both formulations of the drug, 22 of which had centrally confirmed T790M mutations. The median number of prior therapies was 3, including 2 prior EGFR-targeted TKIs.

The ORR of 64% was comprised of all partial responses by RECIST criteria. The clinical benefit rate was 91%. In 29 patients from the study with confirmed T790M mutations (n = 22) and T790M unknown (n = 7), the ORR was 52%. At 6 months, the median progression-free survival was not reached for patients with T790M mutations compared with a 3-month median for T790M-negative patients treated with CO-1686.

In total, 1 patient discontinued treatment with CO-1686 as a result of adverse events. The most common all grade adverse events were hyperglycemia, nausea, diarrhea, decreased appetite, and vomiting. The most common grade 3 adverse event was asymptomatic hyperglycemia (19%).

Following the positive results from the phase I portion of the study, two phase II expansion cohorts opened for patients with NSCLC who tested positive for the EGFR T790M mutation immediately following progression on one or more EGFR-targeted TKI. Additionally, a development program, labeled TIGER (Third-generation Inhibitor of Mutant EGFR in Lung Cancer), is scheduled to start in mid-2014. Clovis expects to submit the NDA for CO-1686 based on findings from the phase I/II study and expected data from part of the TIGER program.

CO-1686 is an oral inhibitor of EGFR that selectively binds to activating mutations, including T790M. The drug is designed to avoid wild-type EGFR mutations, potentially preventing certain class-specific side effects. Another agent with a similar mechanism of action, AZD9291, was also recently granted a breakthrough therapy designation by the FDA for the treatment of EGFR T790M-positive patients following progression on a prior EGFR inhibitor.

Data from a phase I study of AZD9291 were presented by the lead investigator, Pasi A. Jänne, MD, PhD, the director of the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, during a press briefing in advance of the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting.

This phase I study enrolled 199 patients with EGFR-mutant NSCLC who received treatment with AZD9291 at 5 different doses. In all evaluable patients treated with the drug (n = 177), the ORR was 51%. In patients with confirmed T790M resistance mutations (n = 89), the ORR was 64% and the disease control rate was 96%. In patients without the T790M mutation (n = 43), the ORR was 23%.

"In this study, AZD9291 exhibited no dose-limiting toxicities and a non-tolerated or maximum-tolerated dose was not defined," Jänne said during his presentation. "The promising results from this phase I study warrant further investigation of the activity of AZD9291 and additional clinical development is ongoing."

An open-label phase II study has been initiated to explore the 80 mg dose of AZD9291 specifically in patients with T790M-positive metastatic NSCLC following progression on a prior EGFR inhibitor. The target enrollment for this study is 442 patients and the primary endpoint is ORR.

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