A Study of Intratumoral/Intralesional Administration of V938 in Combination With Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) in Participants With Advanced/Metastatic or Recurrent Malignancies (V938-001)
a study on Neoplasm Metastasis
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety, efficacy, pharmacokinetics, and V938 shedding in participants with advanced/metastatic or recurrent malignancies who receive V938 in Combination with Pembrolizumab (MK-3475). The primary objective is to determine the safety and tolerability and to identify a recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D) of V938 administered in combination with pembrolizumab.
A Phase 1/1b, Open-label Clinical Study of Intratumoral/Intralesional Administration of V938 in Combination With Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) in Participants With Advanced/Metastatic or Recurrent Malignancies
Neoplasm Metastasis Programmed Cell Death-1 (PD1, PD-1) Programmed Death-Ligand 1 (PDL1, PD-L1) Pembrolizumab 200 mg of pembrolizumab V938 Dose A + delayed pembrolizumab V938 Dose B + delayed pembrolizumab V938 Dose C + delayed pembrolizumab V938 Dose D + delayed pembrolizumab V938 Dose B + immediate pembrolizumab V938 Dose C + immediate pembrolizumab V938 Dose D + immediate pembrolizumab
You can join if…
Open to people ages 18 years and up
- For Dose-escalation arms (Doses A-D): Have a histologically confirmed advanced/metastatic solid tumor and have received, been intolerant to, or been ineligible for treatments known to confer clinical benefit.
- For Dose Expansion Arm A: Have a histologically confirmed Stage III (unresectable) or Stage IV cutaneous melanoma and have received and progressed following 1 or 2 prior lines of systemic treatments for metastatic melanoma which must include 1 line of treatment with PD-1 or PD-L1 immune checkpoint inhibitor either as monotherapy or in combination with other therapy.
- For Dose Expansion Arm B: Have a histologically confirmed advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) and have received and progressed following 1 or 2 prior lines of systemic treatments for metastatic HNSCC which must include 1 line of treatment with PD-1 or PD-L1 immune checkpoint inhibitor either as monotherapy or in combination with other therapy.
- For Dose Expansion Arms A and B: Have at least 1 lesion that is amenable to both intratumoral (IT) injection and biopsy and have at least 1 distant and/or discrete noninjected lesion that is measurable per RECIST 1.1 criteria.
- For Dose-escalation Cohorts 2a, 3a, or 4a and Expansion Cohorts (Arms A and B) ONLY: Have baseline biopsy performed from 1 of the injectable lesions that are planned for IT injection and with tumor tissue provided.
- For all arms: Have at least 1 cutaneous or subcutaneous lesion amenable to IT injection and must be measurable and meet 1 of the following criteria per Response
Criteria in Solid Tumors Version 1.1 (RECIST 1.1):
- A cutaneous or subcutaneous lesion ≥1 cm in longest diameter for solid tumors, or ≥1.5 cm in short axis for a nodal lesion in participants with solid tumor. The longest diameter for an injectable lesion must be ≤10 cm for both solid tumors and nodal lesions in participants with solid tumors.
- Multiple coalescing, superficial lesions that in aggregate have a longest diameter of ≥1 cm and ≤10 cm.
- Have a performance status of 0 or 1 on the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance Scale.
- Show adequate organ function.
- Male participants are eligible to participate if they agree to the following during the intervention period and for at least 120 days: either be abstinent from heterosexual intercourse as their preferred and usual lifestyle and agree to remain abstinent, OR must agree to use contraception unless confirmed to be azoospermic. Contraceptive use by men should be consistent with local regulations regarding the methods of contraception for those participating in clinical studies.
- Female participant is eligible to participate if she is not pregnant or breastfeeding, and at least 1 of the following conditions applies:
- Is not a woman of childbearing potential (WOCBP)
- Is a WOCBP and using a contraceptive method that is highly effective, or be abstinent from heterosexual intercourse as their preferred and usual lifestyle (abstinent on a long term and persistent basis), during the intervention period and for at least 120 days after the last dose of study intervention.
- HIV-infected participants must have well controlled HIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART), per study criteria.
You CAN'T join if...
- Has had chemotherapy, definitive radiation, or biological cancer therapy within 4 weeks (2 weeks for palliative radiation) prior to the first dose of study intervention or has not recovered from any adverse events (AEs) that were due to cancer therapeutics administered more than 4 weeks earlier. Participants receiving ongoing replacement hormone therapy for endocrine immune-related AEs will not be excluded from participation in this study.
- Has a history of a second malignancy, unless potentially curative treatment has been completed with no evidence of malignancy for 2 years. The time requirement does not apply to participants who underwent successful definitive resection of basal cell carcinoma of the skin, superficial bladder cancer or in situ cervical cancer, or other in-situ cancers.
- Has clinically active central nervous system metastases and/or carcinomatous meningitis.
- Has had a severe hypersensitivity reaction to treatment with the monoclonal antibody/components of the study intervention or has a history of any contraindication or has a severe hypersensitivity to any components of pembrolizumab (≥Grade 3).
- Has an active infection requiring therapy.
- Has a history of (noninfectious) pneumonitis that required steroids or current pneumonitis.
- Has an active autoimmune disease that has required systemic treatment in the past 2 years except vitiligo or resolved childhood asthma/atopy.
- Is on chronic systemic steroid therapy in excess of replacement doses (prednisone ≤10 mg/day is acceptable), or on any other form of immunosuppressive medication.
- Participants with known Hepatitis B or C infections or known to be positive for hepatitis B antigen/hepatitis B virus DNA or hepatitis C antibody or RNA.
- HIV-infected participants with a history of Kaposi's sarcoma and/or Multicentric Castleman's Disease.
- Has a known psychiatric or substance abuse disorder that would interfere with the participant's ability to cooperate with the requirements of the study.
- Is pregnant or breastfeeding or expecting to conceive or father children within the projected duration of the study, starting with the screening visit through 120 days after the last dose of study intervention.
- Has not fully recovered from any effects of major surgery without significant detectable infection.
- Has received a live-virus vaccine within 30 days of planned treatment start.
- Is currently participating and receiving study intervention in a study of an investigational agent or has participated and received study intervention in a study of an investigational agent or has used an investigational device within 28 days of administration of V938.
- Has a history of re-irradiation for HNSCC at the projected injection site.
- UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center ( Site 0002)
accepting new patients
San Francisco California 94158 United States
- Huntsman Cancer Institute ( Site 0004)
accepting new patients
Salt Lake City Utah 84112 United States
Lead Scientist at UCSF
- accepting new patients
- Start Date
- Completion Date
- Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
- Phase 1
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