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A Phase I/II Trial of Crolibulin (EPC2407) Plus Cisplatin in Adults With Solid Tumors With a Focus on Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer (ATC)

Phase 1/Phase 2
18 Years
90 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Solid Tumor, Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer

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Trial Information

A Phase I/II Trial of Crolibulin (EPC2407) Plus Cisplatin in Adults With Solid Tumors With a Focus on Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer (ATC)


Anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) is one of the most aggressive of all solid tumors;
chemotherapy and surgery have had no impact on local control or survival of patients, with a
median survival of 3-7 months.

Crolibulin (EPC2407) is a microtubulin inhibitor that has been shown to have direct
antitumor effects in vivo and in vitro, destabilizing spindles and inducing apoptosis,
resulting in the disruption of neovascular endothelial cells with disruption of blood flow
to the tumor.


The primary objective in the Phase I portion is to assess the safety and tolerability of
cisplatin and crolibulin given in a 21-day cycle in dose-seeking cohorts.

We will assess the toxicities of crolibulin coadministered with cisplatin, evaluate
dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) and determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) for the

The primary objective in the Phase II portion is to compare the combination crolibulin plus
cisplatin versus cisplatin alone in adults with ATC by assessing the duration of
progression-free survival (PFS); comparison of the response rates as evaluated by RECIST
will be an important secondary objective.

We plan on biochemical and immunohistochemical analysis of several tumor parameters
including mitotic index, expression of several proteins including EGFR, VEGFR, BRAF, ERCC1
and TP53. Where sufficient tissue is available we will also perform gene expression
analysis, microRNA array analysis, and compare these with 3'-deoxy-3'-[(18)F]
fluorothymidine (FLT)-positron emission tomography (PET) and tumor growth rate constant.


Phase I: adults age 18 and older with unresectable, recurrent or metastatic solid tumors.

Phase II: adults age 18 and older with anaplastic thyroid cancer.

In the phase II portion disease must be evaluable by RECIST.

All patients must have adequate hepatic, renal, and bone marrow function.


The Phase I component consists of dose-escalation cohorts of three to six patients, in which
all patients receive both the study drug crolibulin with cisplatin. The MTD and DLT will be
determined based on toxicities during the first three weeks of combined therapy. After a
minimum of four cycles of concurrent cisplatin and crolibulin, if the patient is acheiving
clinical benefit in the opinion of the investigator but can no longer tolerate cisplatin,
the patient may receive crolibulin alone until he or she experiences unacceptable toxicity
or progressive disease.

The Phase II component will be a randomization study, to either crolibulin with cisplatin or
cisplatin monotherapy. Patients randomized to cisplatin alone will have the opportunity to
cross over to the crolibulin arm in the event of tumor progression. After a minimum of four
cycles of concurrent cisplatin and crolibulin, if the patient is acheiving clinical benefit
in the opinion of the investigator but can no longer tolerate cisplatin, the patient may
receive crolibulin alone until he or she experiences unacceptable toxicity or progressive

Drug administration will take place on days 1, 2, and 3 for crolibulin, and on day 1 for
cisplatin, on a 21-day cycle.

Maximum number of patients for planned enrollment is 70. During the Phase I portion of the
study, dose-seeking cohorts of three to six patients will be enrolled until MTD / DLT is
reached for a maximum of three dose cohorts [up to 24 patients if one assumes an expansion
cohort to twelve patients at the recommended phase 2 (RP2) dose]. During the randomized
Phase II trial comparing the activity of the combination of crolibulin plus cislplatin with
cisplatin alone it is estimated that a maximum of 40 patients will be enrolled [1:1
randomization 20 + 20 = 40 patients], and we will allow for 6 extra patients to be enrolled
to compensate for a small number of non-evaluable patients.

Inclusion Criteria


Pathologic confirmation of cancer by the Laboratory of Pathology, NCI

Phase I: Diagnosis of recurrent, metastatic or primary unresectable solid tumor that does
not have curative standard treatment.

Phase II: Diagnosis of recurrent, metastatic or primary unresectable anaplastic thyroid
cancer (ATC), including ATC as part of a thyroid carcinoma of another histologic subtype.

Measurable disease at presentation with disease measurable by RECIST required in the phase
II cohort.

A life expectance of at least 3 months as evidenced by ECOG performance status 0 - 1.

Age greater than or equal to 18 years

Last dose of chemotherapy or experimental therapy more than 4 weeks (6 weeks in the case
of nitrosourea) prior to enrollment date; unless the last therapy consisted of an oral
agent whose average half life is known to be less than 48 hours in which case only 2 weeks
need to have elapsed. Regardless of the therapy, any toxicity greater than CTCAE grade 1
from previous anti-cancer therapy must have been resolved.

Last radiotherapy treatment 4 weeks prior to starting treatment with this protocol -with
the exception of palliative radiotherapy - and there must be sites of measurable disease
that did not receive radiation.

- Organ and marrow function as defined:

- total bilirubin < 1.5 times the upper limit of reference range (ULRR), unless the
patient meets the criteria for Gilbert's Syndrome

- alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alkaline
phosphatase (ALP) all three < 2.5 times the ULRR, or < 5 times the ULRR if judged
by the investigator to be related to liver metastases

- serum creatinine <= ULRR or creatinine clearance greater than or equal to 50
mL/minute (calculated by Cockcroft-Gault formula or measured in a timed urine

- serum calcium below the CTCAE grade 1 upper limit (11.5mg/dL or 2.9 mmol/L). In cases
where the serum calcium is below the normal range, the calcium adjusted for albumin
is calculated and substituted for the measured value.

- Serum potassium greater than the LLN and < 5.5 mmol/L.

- Serum magnesium greater than the LLN and < 3.0 mg/dL or 1.23 mmol/L.

- absolute neutrophil count greater than or equal to 1000/mm(3)

- platelet count >= 100,000/m m(3)

- PT less than or equal to 4 seconds above ULN and PTT less than or equal to 10 seconds
above ULN.

Ability to understand and sign an informed consent document.

Provision of informed consent prior to any study-related procedures

Negative pregnancy test for women of childbearing potential

Ability and willingness to follow the guidelines of the clinical protocol including visits
to NCI, Bethesda, Maryland for treatment and follow up visits.

Because the effects of chemotherapy on the developing human fetus are potentially harmful,
female patients must be one year post-menopausal, surgically sterile, or using an
acceptable method of contraception during and continued after the last dose of study
medications (oral contraceptives, barrier methods, approved contraceptive implant,
long-term injectable contraception, intrauterine device or tubal ligation). Male patients
must be surgically sterile or using an acceptable method of contraception during their
participation in this study. Contraceptive use will continue for at least two months after
the last dose of study medication.


Patients with cancer potentially curable by surgical excision alone or patients who have
not received therapy that might be considered standard and potentially curable.

Evidence of severe or uncontrolled systemic disease or any concurrent condition
-including, but not limited to symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina
pectoris, unstable hypertension, seizure disorder, or psychiatric illness - which in the
Investigator's opinion makes it undesirable for the patient to participate in the trial or
which would jeopardize compliance with the protocol.

Untreated brain metastases (or local treatment of brain metastases within the last three
months) due to the poor prognosis of these patients and difficulty ascertaining the cause
of neurologic toxicities.

4. During Phase II enrollment: Prior therapy with cisplatin. (Cisplatin will be allowed as
prior therapy during Phase I enrollment.)

5. Women who are currently pregnant or breast-feeding, due to the possible adverse effects
on the developing fetus and infant.

6. During Phase II enrollment: The presence of a second malignancy within the last 2
years, other than squamous cell carcinoma of the skin or in situ cervical cancer because
it will complicate the primary objective of the study. Cancer survivors who have been free
of disease for at least two years can be enrolled in this study.

7. Patients with evidence of a bleeding diathesis that cannot be corrected with standard
therapy or factor replacement.

8. Any unresolved toxicity greater than CTCAE grade 1 (except alopecia, and certain other
unresolved CTCAE Grade 2 toxicities including bone marrow hypocellularity, lymphopenia,
infusion-related reaction, infusion site extravasation, injection site reaction, portal
vein hypertension, obesity) from previous anti-cancer therapy. Patients with grade 1
neuropathy will be evaluated on a case by case basis for entry into study.
Pre-chemotherapy medical conditions will be taken into consideration. 9. Major surgery
with incompletely healed surgical incision before starting study therapy.

Clinically significant cardiovascular event (e.g. myocardial infarction, superior vena
cava syndrome (SVC), New York Heart Association (NYHA) classification of heart disease
greater than or equal to 2 (see Appendix C) within 3 months before entry; or presence of
cardiac disease that, in the opinion of the Investigator, increases the risk of
ventricular arrhythmia.

History of arrhythmia (multifocal premature ventricular contractions PVCs), bigeminy,
trigeminy, ventricular tachycardia, or uncontrolled atrial fibrillation) which is
symptomatic or requires treatment (CTCAE grade 3) or asymptomatic sustained ventricular
tachycardia. Atrial fibrillation, controlled on medication is not excluded.

Patients with a left ventricular ejection fraction less than the institutional lower limit
of normal.

History (within the last 6 months) or presence of stroke/cerebrovascular accident.

QTc prolongation with other medications. If the medication can be discontinued and an
alternative medication started that does not cause QTc prolongation, the patient would be
eligible. If no alternative medication is available and the medication can not be
discontinued for medical reasons, then the patient would not be eligible.

Congenital long QT syndrome, or 1st degree relative with unexplained sudden death under 40
years of age.

Presence of left bundle branch block (LBBB).

QTc with Bazett's correction that is not measurable, or greater than or equal to 480 msec
on screening ECG. (Note: If a patient has a QTc interval greater than or equal to 480 msec
on screening ECG, the screen ECG may be repeated twice (at least 24 hours apart). The
average QTc from the three screening ECGs must be < 480 msec in order for the patient to
be eligible for the study). Patients who are receiving a drug that has a risk of QTc
prolongation (see Appendix C of the protocol) are excluded if QTc is greater than or equal
to 460 msec.

Concurrent medication that may cause QTc prolongation or induce Torsades de Pointes: Those
medications in Group One of Appendix C of the protocol will not be allowed. Those
medications in Group Two of Appendix C of the protocol will be allowed.

Crolibulin is a substrate of CYP2C8, CYP2C9, CYP2C19 and CYP3A4. Strong inducers and
inhibitors of these enzymes will constitute concomitant medications that are prohibited
during the study (See protocol for the complete list). These medications include but are
not limited to: for CYP2C8, montelukast and trimethoprim, for CYP2C9, lovastatin and
sertraline, for CYP2C19, fluoxetine, ketoconazole, pantoprazole, omeprazole, rabeprazole,
and ticlopidine, for CYP3A4, itraconzole, clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin, and

Hypertension not controlled by medical therapy (systolic blood pressure greater than 150
mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure greater than 100 mm Hg).

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

Dose limiting toxicity

Principal Investigator

Ann W Gramza, M.D.

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

National Cancer Institute (NCI)


United States: Federal Government

Study ID:




Start Date:

November 2010

Completion Date:

September 2013

Related Keywords:

  • Solid Tumor
  • Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer
  • Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer
  • Crolibulin
  • Solid Tumors
  • ATC
  • Thyroid Neoplasms
  • Thyroid Diseases
  • Neoplasms



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