Infinity Reports IPI-549 Clinical and Translational Data from Ongoing Phase 1/1b Study at American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting
Published: Jun 04, 2018
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: INFI), announced that data to be presented today at the ASCO 2018 Annual Meeting demonstrates that IPI-549, a first-in-class immuno-oncology product candidate that selectively inhibits phosphoinositide-3-kinase gamma (PI3K-gamma), in combination with nivolumab was well tolerated and demonstrated evidence of clinical activity in indications not typically responsive to anti-PD1 therapy.i 40% (12 of 30) of evaluable patients demonstrated disease control with 10 patients with stable disease and two patients who achieved rapid, deep and durable partial responses, including one patient with adrenocortical cancer and one with microsatellite stable (MSS) gallbladder cancer. In addition, IPI-549 reduced immune suppression and induced immune activation, as indicated by analyses of peripheral blood and paired tumor biopsies.
"We were encouraged to see rapid, deep and durable responses in some patients with the combination of IPI-549 and nivolumab in dose escalation, and we look forward to continuing to evaluate this combination in specific patient populations through the seven combination expansion cohorts," said Dr. Ryan J. Sullivan, Massachusetts General Hospital, and an investigator on the IPI-549 Phase 1/1b study. "There remains a critical unmet need for patients with a number of solid tumors who do not benefit from anti-PD1 therapy, and IPI-549 in combination with nivolumab may offer an important therapeutic alternative."
IPI-549 combined with nivolumab in dose escalation was well tolerated at all doses tested, up to the recommended expansion dose of IPI-549 at 40mg once daily plus nivolumab at 240mg once every two weeks. No maximum tolerated dose (MTD) was determined, and there were no treatment-related deaths. Additionally, the pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic profile of IPI-549 (up to 40mg QD) was unaffected by nivolumab co-administration.
IPI-549 as a monotherapy also continued to be well tolerated at all doses studied up to the recommended dose for expansion of 60 mg once daily. IPI-549 demonstrated evidence of monotherapy clinical activity, with one durable partial response in peritoneal mesothelioma, where a patient remains on study after 20 months.
"IPI-549 combined with nivolumab demonstrated compelling responses in two patients, one with adrenocortical cancer and one with MSS gallbladder cancer, and translational studies demonstrated evidence of on-mechanism IPI-549-mediated effects," said Adelene Perkins, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of Infinity Pharmaceuticals. "We are very pleased by the rapidity, depth and durability of the responses in combination with nivolumab, along with a promising safety profile. Enrollment in the seven combination expansion cohorts has been robust, and we look forward to reporting data in the second half of this year from these six disease-specific cohorts and a seventh cohort of patients selected for high baseline blood levels of myeloid derived suppressor cells. Data from these expansion cohorts will further inform our development and regulatory strategy for this first-in-class product candidate."
Data from peripheral blood and paired tumor biopsies suggest that IPI-549 reduces immune suppression and induces immune activation, consistent with the mechanism of action demonstrated in pre-clinical studies. Monotherapy paired tumor biopsies showed decreased CD163 M2 macrophage marker expression and peripheral blood data revealed a dose-related increase in proliferation of exhausted memory T cells on top of fixed-dose nivolumab. Finally, there is a statistically significant increase in exhausted T cell proliferation in combination dose escalation patients with tumor shrinkage. This statistically significant increase was also demonstrated in patients who remained on study for over 16 weeks.
The data will be presented in three events today during the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting.
Investor Event 6:30 a.m. CT - 7:30 a.m. CT
Poster Session 8:00 a.m. CT - 11:00 a.m. CT
Poster Discussion Session 11:30 a.m. CT - 12:45 p.m. CT
About IPI-549 and the Ongoing Phase 1/1b Study
The ongoing Phase 1/1b study being conducted by Infinity is designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, activity, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of IPI-549 as a monotherapy and in combination with nivolumab (Opdivo®) in approximately 200 patients with advanced solid tumors.iv The study includes monotherapy and combination dose-escalation components, in addition to monotherapy expansion and combination expansion components. The monotherapy dose-escalation and expansion components are complete. The combination dose-escalation component is also complete, and combination expansion cohorts are enrolling.
The combination expansion component of the study includes multiple cohorts designed to evaluate IPI-549 in patients with specific types of cancer, including patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), melanoma and head and neck cancer whose tumors show initial resistance or initially respond to but subsequently develop resistance to immune checkpoint blockade therapy. The combination expansion component also includes a cohort of patients with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) who have not been previously treated with immune checkpoint blockade therapy, a cohort of patients with mesothelioma, a cohort of patients with adrenocortical carcinoma and a cohort of patients with high baseline blood levels of MDSCs.
IPI-549 is an investigational compound and its safety and efficacy has not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or any other health authority.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
OPDIVO® is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb.
i ORR to PD1 inhibition in ACC 9% (1/11)-- Habra et al, SITC 2017
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