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1755 Cirmtuzumab, a ROR1 Targeted Mab, Reverses Cancer Stemness, and Its Combination with Ibrutinib Is Safe and Effective: Planned Analysis of the Cirll Phase 1/2 Trial for CLL and MCL

Program: Oral and Poster Abstracts
Session: 642. CLL: Therapy, excluding Transplantation: Poster I
Hematology Disease Topics & Pathways:
Leukemia, Diseases, CLL, drug-drug interaction, Therapies, Combinations, Mantle Cell Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Lymphoid Malignancies, Clinically relevant
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Hall B, Level 2 (Orange County Convention Center)

Michael Y. Choi, MD1, Emanuela M. Ghia, PhD2, Tanya Siddiqi, MD3*, William G. Wierda, MD, PhD4, Hun Ju Lee5, Jacqueline C. Barrientos, MD, MS6*, Nicole Lamanna, MD7, Alec Goldenberg8*, Dimitrios Tzachanis, MD, PhD2, Erin G. Reid, MD, MS2, Elizabeth K Weihe, MD9*, Laura Z. Rassenti, PhD2, Iris Isufi, MD10, Stewart Bieler, BA11*, Xen Ianopulos, MD, PhD11*, James B. Breitmeyer, MD, PhD11, Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD2,12 and Thomas J. Kipps, MD, PhD2

1Moores Cancer Center, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
2Moores Cancer Center, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
3Department of Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
4University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
5Department of Lymphoma and Myeloma, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
6Karches Center for Oncology Research, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Northwell Health, Manhasset, NY
7Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
8Manhattan Hem Onc Associates, New York, NY
9University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
10Hematology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
11Oncternal Therapeutics, San Diego, CA
12Division of Regenerative Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Cirmtuzumab (Cirm) is a novel humanized mAb specific for ROR1, which is expressed primarily during embryogenesis and in many cancers, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), but generally not on normal post-partum tissues. A Phase I study involving patients (pts) with CLL showed Cirm was safe and effective in blocking ROR1-signaling and in reversing cancer-cell-stemness transcriptome signatures associated with aggressive malignancies (Choi et al., Cell Stem Cell, 2018; Malta et al., Cell, 2018). Cirm also was shown to block Wnt5a-ROR1 survival-signaling in CLL or MCL cells of pts taking ibrutinib (Ibr), and had synergistic anti-tumor activity with Ibr in animal models (Yu et al., Leukemia, 2016; Yu et al., Oncotarget, 2018), forming the rationale for testing Cirm+Ibr in pts with CLL or MCL in the CIRLL study (Cirmtuzumab plus Ibrutinib in Relapsed Leukemia and Lymphoma), a 3-part clinical trial: Part 1 (P1)evaluated increasing doses of Cirm with Ibr for safety and to determine the recommended dose regimen (RDR); Part 2(P2) evaluated pts treated with the RDR (Ibr plus Cirm at 600 mg IV on day 1, 14, 28 and then q28 days thereafter). For P1 and P2, we treated 34 pts with CLL (23 with relapsed/refractory (R/R) CLL) and 6 pts with R/R MCL who required therapy. Part 3(P3) will randomize patients to receive Cirm+Ibr versus Ibr alone based on the efficacy analysis of data collected in P1 and P2. We did not observe any serious adverse events in pts treated in P2, which had an overall safety profile consistent with that of ibr alone; no new adverse events were attributed to Cirm. Correlative studies showed that Cirm at the RDR suppressed expression of NF-kB-target genes induced by ROR1-signaling and reversed cancer-cell-stemness transcriptome signatures in the CLL cells of treated pts. Of 6 CLL pts treated at or below the RDR with ≥24 wks. of evaluable data, the overall response rate (ORR) was 100%, including 1 patient with a confirmed complete response (CR) with clearance of CLL in the marrow by histology. Another 15 CLL pts with ≥12 wks. of evaluable data had an ORR of 87%. No pt with CLL had progressive disease (PD) on therapy. Of the 6 heavily-pre-treated MCL pts with ≥12 wks. of evaluable data, 2 had a CR (one sustained for 9+ mos.), 2 had a partial response (PR), and 2 had PD. The 2 pts with PD had aggressive disease progression prior to therapy that subsided for 3 to 6 mos. on therapy. Taken together, these data demonstrate that Cirm+Ibr is biologically active, well tolerated, safe, and effective. Moreover, the data from the CLL pts in P1 and P2 of the study support initiation of P3 of the study, which will allow for comparison of the activity of Cirm+Ibr versus Ibr alone for patients with CLL.

Disclosures: Choi: Abbvie: Consultancy, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; Oncternal: Research Funding; Gilead: Consultancy, Speakers Bureau; Rigel: Consultancy, Research Funding; Pharmacyclics: Consultancy, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; Genentech: Consultancy, Speakers Bureau. Siddiqi: TG Therapeutics: Research Funding; Celgene: Research Funding; BeiGene: Research Funding; Seattle Genetics: Speakers Bureau; Juno Therapeutics: Consultancy, Other: travel support, Research Funding; PCYC: Consultancy, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; AstraZeneca: Consultancy, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; Janssen: Speakers Bureau; Kite, A Gilead Company: Research Funding. Wierda: Genentech: Research Funding; Pharmacyclics LLC: Research Funding; Acerta Pharma Inc: Research Funding; Xencor: Research Funding; Gilead Sciences: Research Funding; Loxo Oncology Inc.: Research Funding; Juno Therapeutics: Research Funding; Cyclcel: Research Funding; KITE pharma: Research Funding; Oncternal Therapeutics Inc.: Research Funding; Sunesis: Research Funding; Miragen: Research Funding; Janssen: Research Funding; AbbVie: Research Funding; GSK/Novartis: Research Funding. Barrientos: AbbVie: Consultancy, Research Funding; Bayer: Consultancy; Genentech: Consultancy; Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company: Consultancy, Research Funding; Sandoz: Consultancy; Oncternal Therapeutics: Research Funding; Janssen: Honoraria; AstraZeneca: Consultancy; Gilead: Consultancy. Lamanna: Celgene: Consultancy; Infinity/ Verastem: Research Funding; Ming: Research Funding; TG Therapeutics: Research Funding; Oncternal: Research Funding. Isufi: Celgene: Consultancy; Novartis: Consultancy; Astra Zeneca: Consultancy. Bieler: Oncternal Therapeutics: Employment. Ianopulos: Oncternal Therapeutics: Employment. Breitmeyer: Oncternal Therapeutics: Employment, Equity Ownership. Kipps: Verastem: Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; AstraZeneca, Inc.: Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Velos-Bio: Equity Ownership, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Research Funding; Jannsen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson: Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Abbvie: Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Research Funding; Pharmacyclics: Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Research Funding; Genentech, Inc.: Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Research Funding.

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