Company News: Micromet Initiates Global Phase 2 Trial of Blinatumomab in Adult Patients with Relapsed/Refractory Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Micromet, Inc. (NASDAQ: MITI) today announced that it has initiated a phase 2 trial of its lead product candidate blinatumomab (MT103) in adult patients with relapsed or refractory (r/r) B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Blinatumomab is the first of a new class of agents called BiTE® antibodies, designed to harness the body’s T cells to kill cancer cells.
This phase 2, single-arm study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of blinatumomab in approximately 65 patients with relapsed/refractory Philadelphia-negative B-precursor ALL. Patients will receive blinatumomab daily for 28 days followed by two weeks off blinatumomab over a six week treatment cycle. Patients who achieve a complete remission (CR) or complete response without full recovery of platelets (CRh*) within two cycles of treatment will receive up to three additional cycles of consolidation treatment. The primary endpoint of the study is CR/CRh*. Secondary endpoints include duration of response and overall survival. The study will be conducted at approximately 40 leading cancer centers in the U.S. and EU. The Company currently expects to complete enrollment in this trial by year end 2012.
Additional information regarding this Phase 2 study is available at the U.S. government’s clinical trials database at http://www.clinicaltrials.gov.
Blinatumomab Clinical Experience in Adult R/R ALL
Interim results from a Phase 2 trial presented at the 2011 Meeting of the European Hematology Association show that blinatumomab produced a high CR rate in adult patients with ALL who had relapsed following treatment with standard therapy. 75% of patients (9 of 12) achieved a CR or CRh* following treatment with blinatumomab1. All nine responding patients achieved a complete molecular response, or had no evidence of leukemic cells in their bone marrow, a key prognostic factor for patient survival. Notably, four patients with genetic abnormalities typically associated with poorer outcomes all achieved a CR or CRh*. The most common clinical adverse events were fever, peripheral edema and fatigue. Treatment of two of the twelve patients was interrupted due to fully reversible and manageable central nervous system (CNS) events.