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344 Updated Results from a Multicenter, Phase 2 Study of Acalabrutinib, Venetoclax, Obinutuzumab (AVO) in a Population of Previously Untreated Patients with CLL Enriched for High-Risk Disease

Program: Oral and Poster Abstracts
Type: Oral
Session: 642. Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: Clinical and Epidemiological: Targeted Triplet Combinations and Richter’s Transformation
Hematology Disease Topics & Pathways:
Lymphoid Leukemias, CLL, Combination therapy, Diseases, Therapies, Lymphoid Malignancies, Minimal Residual Disease
Saturday, December 10, 2022: 4:15 PM

Christine E. Ryan, MD1, Benjamin L. Lampson, MD, PhD1, Svitlana Tyekucheva, PhD2*, Liam R. Hackett, AB1*, Yue Ren, MS2*, Samantha J. Shupe, BS1*, Stacey M. Fernandes, BS1*, Jennifer L. Crombie, MD1*, Samuel Ng, MD, PhD1*, Austin I. Kim, MD1, Inhye E. Ahn, MD3, Matthew J Weinstock, MD4, Samantha Pazienza, BS1*, Josie S. Montegaard, NP1*, Victoria Patterson, RN1*, Caron A. Jacobson, MD1, Ann S. LaCasce, MD1, Philippe Armand, MD, PhD1, David C. Fisher, MD1*, Jon E. Arnason, MD5, Steve Lo, MD6*, Adam Olszewski, MD7*, Jennifer R. Brown, MD, PhD1 and Matthew S. Davids, MD1

1Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
2Department of Data Science, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
3Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
4Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
5Hematologic Malignancy and Bone Marrow Transplantation Program, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
6Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT
7Division of Hematology/Oncology, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI


While venetoclax (V) plus obinutuzumab (O) is a highly effective frontline CLL regimen, outcomes remain suboptimal for high-risk patients (pts). The efficacy of ibrutinib plus VO in such pts is encouraging, but cardiac and infectious toxicities (tox) are common. We hypothesized that a time-limited triplet with the more selective BTKi acalabrutinib (A) would be active and well-tolerated. We previously published results on an initial cohort unrestricted by genetic risk (Davids et al., 2021), and now report on a new cohort with enrollment restricted to high-risk pts, as well as longer follow-up on the initial cohort.


Treatment (tx)-naïve pts with CLL with any genetic risk profile were initially enrolled in this investigator-sponsored, phase 2 study (cohort 1), followed by a multi-center expansion restricted to previously untreated pts with TP53-aberrant CLL (cohort 2). A starts at 100 mg BID for 28 days, followed by 2 cycles of AO (O at standard dosing), and V starts on C4D1 at 20 mg, then 50 mg on C4D2, with weekly ramp-up thereafter to 400 mg QD (total 4 week V ramp-up). AVO continues C5-7 (6 total cycles of O), and AV continues C8-15. If the primary endpoint of undetectable bone marrow MRD (BM-uMRD) CR is reached at C16D1, pts can discontinue therapy (tx); all others continue AV through C24, with the option to discontinue if BM-uMRD at C25D1. Assessments: efficacy by 2018 iwCLL criteria, toxicities (tox) by CTCAE v5, MRD by central 8-color flow (10-4 sensitivity) and NGS clonoSEQ (up to 10-6 sensitivity, Adaptive). BH3 profiling work is ongoing, performed as previously described (Ryan J et al., 2016) on peripheral blood (PB) samples after 1 and 3 cycles. Association of BCL-2 dependence with clinical response was compared by an unpaired t-test.


As of 13 July 2022, 68 pts were enrolled (cohort 1 all-comers: n=37, cohort 2 TP53-aberrant: n=31) in this ongoing study (NCT03580928), with median follow-up of 35 mos (range 2-45). In all 68 pts, median age 63 yrs (range 36-80); 25% ≥70 yrs; 66% male; 60% TP53-aberrant (del(17p) or mut); 24% complex karyotype (≥3 abnormalities); 74% unmutated IGHV.

Of the 56 pts evaluable to date at C16D1, 43% (24/56) achieved the primary endpoint BM-uMRD CR. The best ORR is 98% (48% CR, 50% PR). At C16D1, MRD by flow: 86% PB-uMRD, 86% BM-uMRD (Fig 1A). In a subset of 49 pts with available samples, 59% were PB-uMRD by NGS at 10-5 sensitivity (at 10-6, 59% of pts had indeterminate results due to low cell counts). In the 29 pts with TP53-aberrant disease evaluable at C16D1, the best ORR is 100% (52% CR, 48% PR), and 45% (13/29) achieved BM-uMRD CR, MRD by flow: 86% PB-uMRD, 83% BM-uMRD (Fig 1A). There were no differences in response or MRD based on IGHV status. 79% (19/24) of pts in BM-uMRD CR electively discontinued tx after 15 cycles; median time off tx for these pts is 22.9 mos (range 1-30). 2 of the 19 pts who discontinued tx have had MRD only recurrence, and 1 had CLL disease progression; all 3 restarted tx with AV and achieved PR. 3 pts developed Richter’s syndrome: 1 with DLBCL after 15 mos on study, and 2 with Hodgkin transformation (one 13 mos after completing study tx and one 12 mos into study tx; both achieved CR to Hodgkin-directed tx). 93% of all pts (63/68) remain progression-free.

In all 68 pts, all-grade heme tox included: neutropenia (75%; 37% Gr3/4), thrombocytopenia (73%; 28% Gr3/4), anemia (49%, 3% Gr3). Non-heme tox: headache (78%, 1% Gr3), fatigue (76%, 1% Gr3), bruising (66%, all Gr1/2), nausea (49%, all Gr1/2), diarrhea (40%, 4% Gr3), infusion-related reaction (30%, 4% Gr3), hypertension (27%; 9% Gr3), increased ALT (27%, 1% Gr3), arthralgia (25%, all Gr1), and infection (6% Gr3; 1 case of Gr5 COVID-19 pneumonia). 2.9% (2/68) pts had afib. 14 pts (21%) required dose-reduction of either only A (4%), only V (9%), or both drugs (7%).

BH3 profiling is ongoing, and initial data suggest that pts who later went on to achieve CR may have a greater increase in BCL-2 dependence at C4D1 than pts who achieved PR as best response (p=0.05, Fig 1B).


AVO is a highly active, well-tolerated triplet in a frontline CLL population enriched for high-risk disease, with 83% of TP53-aberrant pts achieving BM-uMRD after 15 mos of tx. Responses are durable, with 93% PFS in all pts at a median follow-up of nearly 3 yrs. Low rates of cardiac and infectious tox were observed. Our data support continued investigation of the MRD-guided, time-limited AVO triplet.

Disclosures: Ryan: Research To Practice: Honoraria. Crombie: Incyte: Consultancy; Kite: Consultancy; Bayer: Research Funding; Abbvie: Research Funding; Roche: Research Funding; Merck: Research Funding; Karyopharm: Consultancy. Montegaard: Pharmacyclics: Consultancy; Abbvie: Consultancy; AstraZeneca: Consultancy. Jacobson: Kite/Gilead: Consultancy, Research Funding; Novartis: Consultancy; BMS/Celgene: Consultancy; Bluebird Bio: Consultancy; Epizyme: Consultancy; Ipsen: Consultancy; Instil Bio: Consultancy; ImmPACT Bio: Consultancy; Caribou Bio: Consultancy; Morphosys: Consultancy; Miltenyi: Consultancy; Abintus Bio: Consultancy; Pfizer: Research Funding. LaCasce: Research to Practice: Consultancy; Seattle Genetics: Consultancy. Armand: Infinity: Consultancy; Pfizer: Consultancy; Adaptive: Consultancy, Research Funding; Affimed: Consultancy, Research Funding; BMS: Consultancy, Honoraria, Research Funding; Merck: Consultancy, Honoraria, Research Funding; ADC Therapeutics: Consultancy; Celgene: Consultancy; Morphosys: Consultancy; Daiichi Sankyo: Consultancy; Miltenyi: Consultancy; Tessa: Consultancy; Genmab: Consultancy; C4: Consultancy; Enterome: Consultancy; Regeneron: Consultancy; Epizyme: Consultancy; AstraZeneca: Consultancy; Genentech: Consultancy, Research Funding; Roche: Research Funding; Xencor: Consultancy; Tensha: Research Funding; Otsuka: Research Funding; Sigma Tau: Research Funding; IGM: Research Funding; Kite: Research Funding. Arnason: Bristol Myers Squibb: Speakers Bureau. Brown: Abbvie, Acerta/Astra-Zeneca, BeiGene, Bristol-Myers Squibb/Juno/Celgene, Catapult, Eli Lilly, Genentech/Roche, Hutchmed, iOnctura, Janssen, MEI Pharma, Pharmacyclics: Consultancy; BeiGene, Gilead, Loxo/Lilly, MEI Pharma, SecuraBio, Sun, TG Therapeutics: Research Funding. Davids: BeiGene: Consultancy, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Janssen: Consultancy, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Genentech: Consultancy, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Research Funding; Adaptive Biotechnologies: Consultancy, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Eli Lilly and Company: Consultancy, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Merck: Consultancy; Ascentage Pharma: Consultancy, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Research Funding; AbbVie: Consultancy, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Other: Travel expenses, Research Funding; Ono Pharmaceuticals: Consultancy; Novartis: Research Funding; Takeda: Consultancy; Bristol-Myers Squibb: Consultancy, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; AstraZeneca: Consultancy, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Research Funding; Research to Practice: Honoraria; Verastem: Consultancy, Research Funding; TG Therapeutics: Consultancy, Research Funding.

OffLabel Disclosure: Acalabrutinib, venetoclax, and obinutuzumab were investigated in combination.

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