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262 Pooled Allogenic Fecal Microbiotherapy MaaT013 for the Treatment of Steroid-Refractory Gastrointestinal Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease: Results from the Phase IIa Heracles Study and Expanded Access Program

Program: Oral and Poster Abstracts
Type: Oral
Session: 722. Allogeneic Transplantation: Acute and Chronic GVHD, Immune Reconstitution: Treatment of acute and chronic graft vs. host disease
Hematology Disease Topics & Pathways:
Clinical Trials, Biological, Clinical Research, Real World Evidence, Therapies
Saturday, December 11, 2021: 2:45 PM

Florent Malard, MD, PhD1*, Michael Loschi, MD, PhD2*, Thomas Cluzeau, MD, PhD3*, Anne Huynh4*, Sarah Guenounou, MD5*, Cecile Borel, MD5*, Faezeh Legrand, MD6*, Angela Granata, MD6*, Raynier Devillier7*, Valerio Maisano, MD7*, Leonardo Magro, MD8*, Corentin Orvain, MD, PhD9*, Amandine Charbonnier, MD10*, Marta Panz-Klapuch, MD11*, Miroslaw Markiewicz, MD PhD12*, Deborah Desmier, MD13*, Niels Moya14*, Jean-Baptiste Mear15*, Faustine Lhomme, MD, PhD16*, Caroline Le Jeune, MD17*, Jérôme Cornillon, MD18*, Christine Robin, MD, PhD19*, Ernst Holler, MD, PhD20*, Etienne Daguindau, MD21*, Karin Bilger, MD22*, Maria Vehreschild23,24*, Amandine Le Bourgeois, MD25*, Patrice Chevallier, MD26, Hélène Labussière-Wallet27*, Delphine Martineau, MD28*, Marie-Anne Couturier, MD29*, Claude-Eric Bulabois, MD30*, Helene Lanic, MD31*, Vincent Camus, MD31*, Sylvain Chantepie, MD32*, Patrice Ceballos, MD, PhD33*, Cyrielle Gasc, PhD34*, Emilie Plantamura, PhD, PharmD34* and Mohamad Mohty, MD, PhD35

1Service d'Hématologie Clinique et Thérapie Cellulaire, Hôpital Saint-Antoine, APHP, Paris, France
2Hematology Department, Cote D'Azur University, CHU of Nice, Nice, France
3Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice, Nice, France
4Département d’Hématologie, CHU-Institut Universitaire du Cancer de Toulouse – Oncopole, Toulouse, France
5Hematology Department, Institut Universitaire du Cancer de Toulouse - Oncopole, Toulouse, France
6Hematology department, Institut Paoli Calmettes, Marseille, France
7Hematology Department, Institut Paoli Calmettes, Marseille, France
8Hopital Claude Huriez, CHRU de Lille, Service d'hématologie clinique et thérapie cellulaire, Lille, France
9Clinical Hematology, Angers University Hospital, Angers, France
10Clinical Hematology Department, CHU Amiens-Picardie, Amiens, FRA
11Department of Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, School of Medicine in Katowice, Katowice, Poland
12Department of Haematology, Institute of Medical Sciences, College of Medical Sciences, University of Rzeszow, Rzeszow, Poland
13Hematology and cellular therapy department, University Hospital of Poitiers, Poitiers, FRA
14Hematology and cellular therapy department, CHU Poitiers, POITIERS, France
15Clinical hematology, University Hospital of Rennes, Rennes, France
16Hematology department, CHU of Rennes, Rennes, France
17Hematology department, Lucien Neuwirth Cancer Institute,, Saint-priest-en-Jarez, AL, France
18Hematology department, Lucien Neuwirth Cancer Institute, Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, France
19Clinical hematology department, Henri Mondor Hospital, CRETEIL, FRA
20Department of internal Medicine III, University Medical Centre Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
21Clinical Hematology, Besançon University Hospital, Besançon, France
22Department of hematology, CHU Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
23Department of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, University Hospital Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
24Klinik I für Innere Medizin, Uniklinik Köln, Köln, Germany
25Clinical Hematology, Nantes University Hospital, Nantes, France
26Department of Clinical Hematology, Nantes University Hospital, Nantes, France
27Service d’Hématologie, Hôpital Lyon Sud, Pierre Bénite, France
28Hematology Department, CHU de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
29Clinical Hematology, Brest University Hospital, Brest, France
30Service d'Hematologie, CHU Grenoble Alpes-Universite Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France
31Department of Clinical hematology, Centre Henri Becquerel, Rouen, France
32Hematology Department, Caen University Hospital, Caen, France
33Hematology Department, Montpellier University Hospital, Montpellier, France, Montpellier, France
34MaaT Pharma, Lyon, France
35Department of Clinical Hematology and Cellular Therapy, Saint Antoine Hospital, Paris, France


Failure to respond to steroid therapy for intestinal acute graft-versus-host disease (aGvHD) is associated with limited further therapeutic options. Fecal microbiotherapy is defined as the perfusion of treated stool from one or several healthy donors via the upper or lower gastrointestinal (GI) route aiming at improving microbial diversity and functionality. Here we report clinical outcomes from a 76-patient cohort with steroid refractory (SR) GI-aGvHD treated with the pooled allogenic fecal microbiotherapeutic MaaT013. Twenty-four patients were treated in the prospective, single-arm, phase IIa, HERACLES study (NCT03359980) while 52 patients were treated in an expanded access program (EAP).

Patients and methods

For HERACLES, 24 patients with grade III-IV SR-GI-aGvHD were treated with MaaT013 in 26 European sites, as a 2nd line therapy after SR diagnosis and evaluable for treatment response.

In EAP, 52 patients with steroid-dependent or SR-GI-aGvHD (classical n=41, late onset n=3, overlap syndrome n=8) were treated. These patients had previously received and failed 1 to 6 lines (median 3; 40/52 received ruxolitinib) of GvHD systemic treatments.

GI-GvHD response was evaluated weekly and 28 days after day (D) 0 (inclusion for HERACLES or 1st dose for EAP). For all patients, GI-overall response rate (ORR) at D28 was defined as the proportion of patients achieving complete response (CR), very good partial response (VGPR) or partial response (PR), compared to D0, without the use of additional systemic therapy. Other endpoints included the best overall response (BOR) achieved at any time, and overall survival (OS).

Prepared under GMP, MaaT013 is characterized by a highly consistent richness of 455 ±3% OTUs and an Inverse Simpson index > 20. Treatment comprised 3 MaaT013 doses, each composed of 30 g of feces in 150 mL volume of inoculum (total 90 g of feces from 4 to 8 healthy donors) administered by enema (except for 2 EAP patients by nasogastric tube). All patients received at least 1 MaaT013 dose, 92% (HERACLES) and 87% (EAP) at least 2 doses, and 50% (HERACLES) and 71% (EAP) the full treatment course. In HERACLES, the reasons for not applying the 3rd dose were death (n=5), physician decision to introduce salvage therapy (n=5), and ICU hospitalization (n=2)).


In HERACLES, the GI-ORR was 38% including 5 CR, 2 VGPR and 2 PR. In EAP, positive GI-response was achieved in 31/52 patients (60% with 16 CR, 11 VGPR and 4 PR). Considering the GI-BOR, 13/24 (54%) and 35/52 (67%) achieved at least a PR in HERACLES and EAP respectively.

In HERACLES, OS was 29% at month (M) 6 and 25% at M12. OS was significantly higher in responding (R) patients (achieving at least PR at D28) compared to non-responding (NR) (44% vs 20% at M6 and 44% vs 13% at M12, logrank p=0.047). In EAP, OS was 48% at M6 and 37% at M12, and significantly higher in R patients compared to NR (71% vs 17% at M6 and 62% vs 6% at M12, logrank p<0.0001).

In HERACLES, treatment with MaaT013 was characterized by excellent tolerance: 252 Treatment-Emergent Adverse Events (TEAE) were reported for the 24 patients, the majority being infections (79%) and GI disorders (62%), as expected in GvHD patients. Of these 252 TEAE, only 2% (5 serious events in 2 patients) could not reasonably be excluded from being related to MaaT013 by the investigators. Shotgun sequencing in these 5 TEAE revealed that the causative infectious agents could not be detected in the administered MaaT013. In EAP, the safety profile of MaaT013 was considered satisfactory for all patients.

16S microbiome analyses were performed in the HERACLES population and showed that MaaT013 produced an early increase in α-diversity at genus level with a significant increase in Richness index at all evaluated timepoints (p <0.003). At D28, R patients had higher values of α-diversity indices (Shannon p=0.005 and Richness p=0.038) compared to NR patients, and higher proportions of MaaT013-derived species in the total composition of R microbiota (p=0.043).


We herein report the treatment of 76 SR-GI-aGvHD patients using a full ecosystem, pooled-donor, high-richness biotherapeutic. The D28 GI-ORR was 38% and 60% in HERACLES and EAP respectively and this clinical benefit positively and significantly impacted OS (44% and 62% M12 in HERACLES and EAP R patients respectively). MaaT013 was shown to be safe and effective in these heavily immunocompromised patients, warranting further exploration of this approach.

Disclosures: Malard: JAZZ pharmaceuticals: Honoraria; Sanofi: Honoraria; Astellas: Honoraria; Biocodex: Honoraria; Therakos/Mallinckrodt: Honoraria; Janssen: Honoraria. Loschi: CELGENE/BMS: Honoraria; AbbVie: Ended employment in the past 24 months, Honoraria; Gilead: Ended employment in the past 24 months, Honoraria; Novartis: Ended employment in the past 24 months, Honoraria; Servier: Ended employment in the past 24 months, Honoraria; MSD: Honoraria. Cluzeau: Agios: Honoraria; Novartis: Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Other: travel, accommodations, expenses, Speakers Bureau; Roche: Consultancy, Honoraria; BMS/Celgene: Consultancy, Honoraria, Speakers Bureau; Jazz Pharma: Consultancy, Honoraria; Abbvie: Consultancy, Honoraria, Speakers Bureau; Amgen: Speakers Bureau; Pfizer: Other: travel, accommodations, expenses; Astellas: Speakers Bureau; Takeda: Other: travel, accommodations, expenses. Huynh: Jazz Pharmaceuticals: Honoraria. Holler: MaaT Pharma: Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Novartis: Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees. Vehreschild: SocraTec R&D GmbH: Consultancy, Speakers Bureau; Pfizer: Consultancy, Speakers Bureau; Ferring: Consultancy, Speakers Bureau; Farmak International Holding GmbH: Consultancy, Honoraria, Speakers Bureau; Bio-Mérieux: Consultancy, Speakers Bureau; Basilea: Consultancy, Speakers Bureau; Arderypharm: Consultancy, Speakers Bureau; Alb Fils Kliniken GmbH: Consultancy, Speakers Bureau; Takeda Pharmaceutical: Research Funding; Seres Therapeutics: Research Funding; Roche: Consultancy, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; Organobalance: Consultancy, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; Merck/MSD: Consultancy, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; MaaT Pharma: Consultancy, Research Funding; Immunic AG: Consultancy, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; Glycom: Research Funding; Gilead Sciences: Consultancy, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; Evonik: Research Funding; Da Volterra: Consultancy, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; Biontech: Research Funding; Astellas Pharma: Consultancy, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; 3M: Research Funding. Gasc: MaaT Pharma: Current Employment. Plantamura: MaaT Pharma: Current Employment. Mohty: Sanofi: Honoraria, Research Funding; Pfizer: Honoraria; Novartis: Honoraria; Takeda: Honoraria; Jazz: Honoraria, Research Funding; Janssen: Honoraria, Research Funding; Gilead: Honoraria; Celgene: Honoraria, Research Funding; Bristol Myers Squibb: Honoraria; Astellas: Honoraria; Amgen: Honoraria; Adaptive Biotechnologies: Honoraria.

OffLabel Disclosure: Off label used of MaaT013 will be discussed during the presentation

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