Dr. Sagar Lonial
Emory University
Atlanta, GA, USA

Background: DARA, a human anti-CD38 IgG1κ mAb, has single agent activity and is well-tolerated in rel/ref MM (Lokhorst HM et al. ASCO 2014). This ongoing phase 2 study (NCT01985126) evaluated DARA monotherapy in the FDA breakthrough therapy designation population: MM patients with ≥ 3 prior lines of therapy including a proteasome inhibitor (PI) and an immunomodulatory agent (IMiD), or double refractory to a PI and IMiD. Preliminary results are reported.

Methods: MMY2002 is a 2-part, open-label, international, multicenter study. In part 1 stage 1, 34 patients were randomized to DARA 8 mg/kg (n = 18) q4w or 16 mg/kg (n = 16) qw x 8 wk, q2w x 16 wk, then q4w in a Simon-2-stage design to determine the most effective dose. Subsequently, 90 additional patients were enrolled in the 16 mg/kg DARA group. The primary endpoint was overall response rate (ORR) by independent review (IRC).

Results: Data for the 16 mg/kg DARA group are presented (n = 106). Baseline characteristics: median time since diagnosis, 4.8 y; median prior treatment lines, 5; 75% ISS ≥ 2. Refractory to: last line of therapy, 96%; last PI and IMiD, 95%; pomalidomide, 63%: carfilzomib, 48%; alkylating agents, 78%. Adverse events (AE; ≥ 20%) were fatigue (39.6%), anemia (33.0%), nausea (29.2%), thrombocytopenia (25.5%), back pain (22.6%), neutropenia (22.6%), cough (20.8%). Infusion-related reactions (IRR, 42.5%) were mainly grade 1/2 during first infusion (grade 3 4.7%; no grade 4). No patients discontinued study due to IRRs; 5 (4.7%) discontinued treatment due to AEs. None of these AEs were assessed by the investigator to be DARA-related. ORR (IRC assessed) was 29.2%, with 3 sCR, 10 VGPR, and 18 PR with a 7.4 month median duration of response. ORR was consistent across clinically relevant subgroups. Median time to progression was 3.7 months. Median overall survival has not been reached and the estimated 1-year OS rate is 65%. After a median follow up of 9.4 months 14/31 (45.2%) of responders remain on therapy.

Conclusions: In a heavily pre-treated MM population (95% refractory to last PI and IMiD), DARA at 16 mg/kg showed meaningful durable single agent activity, with deep responses and a favorable safety profile. Clinical trial information: NCT01985126


Dr. Sagar Lonial is Chief Medical Officer at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta. He is board certified in hematology and medical oncology.  His research focus is "with combinations of novel agents as therapy for myeloma and lymphoma, particularly evaluating combinations that may result in synergistic inhibition of the PI3-K/Akt pathway." Visit Dr. Sagar Lonial's full biography

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