- AbbVie will not seek accelerated approval for Rova-T in third-line relapsed/refractory small cell lung cancer (SCLC)
- Rova-T demonstrated single agent responses in advanced SCLC patients
- Ongoing Phase 3 studies, MERU and TAHOE, will continue to investigate Rova-T in first- and second-line SCLC
- Safety data in the TRINITY study were consistent with previously reported studies of Rova-T
- Full data have been submitted to the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting
NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., March 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (ABBV), a global research and development-based biopharmaceutical company, today announced that after consulting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it will not seek accelerated approval for Rova-T in third-line relapsed/refractory (R/R) small cell lung cancer (SCLC) based on magnitude of effect across multiple parameters in this single-arm study.
"We continue to believe Rova-T has potential for patients with small cell lung cancer and other DLL3-expressing cancers," said Mike Severino, M.D., executive vice president of research and development and chief scientific officer, AbbVie. "Although the results from the study were not what we hoped for, we look forward to receiving data from the ongoing Phase 3 studies in the first- and second-line settings and remain committed to developing Rova-T for the treatment of patients with small cell lung cancer."
Summary of Investigator Assessed Best Overall Response Rate, Independent Review Committee (IRC) Assessed Objective Response Rate, Duration of Response and Overall Survival in Third-Line SCLC Patients with High DLL3 Expression (N = 177)*
DLL3 High 3L (N = 177)
Investigator Assessed Outcome
Best Overall Response Ratea
IRC Assessed Outcomes
Objective Response Rate (by RECIST criteria – v1.1)b
Duration of Objective Response (months)
Median (months) (95% CI)
Median (months) (95% CI)
5.6 (4.9, 6.8)
Probability of Subjects Alive at 12 months (95% CI)c
*Data represent 74 percent of the TRINITY study population with high DLL3 expression
a Best overall response is defined as a subject with a response of complete response (CR) or partial response (PR) at any time prior to receiving any subsequent anticancer therapy.
b Objective response is defined as a subject with a response of complete response (CR) or partial response (PR) prior to receiving any subsequent anticancer therapy, with confirmation of CR or PR at least 4 weeks (28 days) from the initial determination per RECIST v1.1.
c Based on Kaplan-Meier estimate.
In the study, the most common treatment-emergent adverse events were fatigue (38 percent), photosensitivity reaction (36 percent), pleural effusion (32 percent), edema peripheral (31 percent), decreased appetite (30 percent), nausea (26 percent), dyspnea (25 percent), thrombocytopenia (25 percent), constipation (22 percent), vomiting (17 percent), anemia (17 percent), hypoalbuminemia (16 percent), and cough (16 percent). Grade three and higher severe toxicities ≥ 5 percent were thrombocytopenia (11 percent), photosensitivity reaction (7 percent) and pleural effusion (5 percent).
About the Phase 2 TRINITY Study
TRINITY is a multicenter, open-label, single-arm, Phase 2 study of Rova-T in DLL3-expressing small cell lung cancer (SCLC) patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) disease after receiving at least two previous regimens, including at least one platinum-based regimen. The primary objective was to investigate the efficacy of Rova-T as third-line and later treatment for R/R DLL3-expressing SCLC. Secondary objectives included assessment of safety and tolerability, pharmacokinetics, RECIST-assessed progression-free survival, duration of response and clinical benefit rate.
About Rovalpituzumab Tesirine (Rova-T)
Rova-T is an investigational antibody-drug conjugate targeting the cancer-stem cell-associated delta-like protein 3 (DLL3), which is expressed in more than 80 percent of small cell lung cancer (SCLC) patient tumors, where it is prevalent on tumor cells, including cancer stem cells, but not present in healthy tissue. Rova-T combines a targeted antibody that delivers a cytotoxic agent directly to the DLL3-expressing cancer cells while minimizing toxicity to healthy cells. Rova-T is under investigation as a third-line treatment in SCLC. The expression of DLL3 suggests Rova-T may be useful across multiple tumor types, including metastatic melanoma, glioblastoma multiforme and some prostate, pancreatic and colorectal cancers.
Rova-T is an investigational compound and its efficacy and safety have not been established by the FDA or any other health authority.
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 ClinicalTrials.gov (2016). Study of Rovalpituzumab Tesirine (SC16LD6.5) for Third-line and Later Treatment of Subjects With Relapsed or Refractory Delta-Like Protein 3-Expressing Small Cell Lung Cancer (TRINITY). Accessed March 21, 2018. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02674568?term=SC16LD6.5&rank=2.
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