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A Phase 1, Open-Label, Multiple-Ascending-Dose Study of DS-2248, an Orally Bioavailable Heat Shock Protein 90 Inhibitor, in Subjects With Advanced Solid Tumors

Phase 1
18 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Solid Tumors, Non-small Cell Lung Carcinoma

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Trial Information

A Phase 1, Open-Label, Multiple-Ascending-Dose Study of DS-2248, an Orally Bioavailable Heat Shock Protein 90 Inhibitor, in Subjects With Advanced Solid Tumors

The study will be conducted in two parts. Part 1 is a dose escalation study in which
subjects in each cohort will be given increasing doses of the study drug until a maximum
tolerated dose (MTD) or maximum administered dose (MAD) is determined as the recommended
phase 2 dose (RP2D). The drug will be administered as oral capsules once daily in 21 day
cycles, with no interruption between cycles if no unacceptable treatment-related toxicity or
tumor progression are observed.

After determining the RP2D, Part 2 of the study, which is a dose expansion study will begin
in which subjects with advanced non-small cell lung cancer who developed acquired resistance
to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI), erlotinib and
gefitinib, or whose tumors carry an ALK translocation and are either resistant to ALK
inhibitor therapy or have progressed on chemotherapy and have not been treated with ALK
inhibitor therapy, will be treated with DS-2248 at RP2D. The drug will be administered as
oral capsules once daily in 21 day cycles, with no interruption between cycles if no
unacceptable treatment-related toxicity or tumor progression are observed.

Inclusion Criteria:

1. A pathologically documented advanced solid malignant tumor refractory to standard
treatment or for which no standard treatment is available.

2. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status ≤1.

3. Have adequate bone marrow function, defined as:

- Platelet count ≥100x10^9/L or more.

- Hemoglobin (Hb) level ≥9.0 g/dL.

- Absolute neutrophil count ≥1.5 x 10^9/L.

4. Have adequate renal function, defined as:

- Creatinine clearance ≥60 mL/min, as calculated using the modified
Cockcroft-Gault equation AND creatinine ≤1.5 times upper limit of normal(ULN).

5. Have adequate hepatic function, defined as:

- Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) levels ≤3 times ULN (if liver metastases are
present, ≤5x ULN)

- Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels ≤3x ULN (if liver metastases are present,
≤5x ULN

- Bilirubin ≤1.5x ULN

6. Have adequate blood clotting function, defined as:

- Prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time ≤1.5x ULN

7. Subjects should be able to provide written informed consent, comply with protocol
visits and procedures, be able to take oral medication, and not have any active
infection or chronic co-morbidity that would interfere with therapy.

8. Subjects (male and female) of childbearing/reproductive potential must agree to use
double-barrier contraceptive measures or avoid intercourse during the study and for
90 days after the last dose of study drug. If female and of childbearing potential,
must have a negative result of a pregnancy test (serum or urine)within 72 hours prior
to initiating study treatment. Surgically sterile individuals and postmenopausal
females are considered not having child-bearing potential.

9. Subjects must be fully informed about their illness and the investigational nature of
the study protocol (including foreseeable risks and possible side effects) and must
sign and date an Institutional Review Board approved informed consent form (including
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act authorization, if applicable)
before performance of any study-specific procedures or tests.

10. Subjects must be willing to provide pre-existing diagnostic or resected tumor
samples, such as formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded sections, if available. Providing
fresh pre-treatment tumor biopsy is optional for subjects in dose escalation cohorts
and in dose expansion Stage 1. Post-treatment biopsies are optional for all the
subjects in the study (dose escalation and dose expansion cohorts).

Additional Inclusion Criteria for Part 2 (Dose Expansion)

1. Pathologically documented stage IIIB/IV non-small cell lung cancer.

2. Measurable disease based on Response Evaluation Criteria In Solid Tumors (RECIST)
criteria, Version 1.1.

3. Subjects must meet 1 of the following 3 criteria in order to be included in Part 2:

1. Acquired resistance to reversible Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor-Tyrosine
Kinase Inhibitor (EGFR-TKI), which should meet the following criteria:

- Previous treatment with single-agent therapy (erlotinib or gefitinib).

- Either of the following: A tumor that harbors an EGFR mutation known to be
associated with drug sensitivity (i.e., G719X, exon 19 deletion, L858R,
L861Q) -OR- Prior objective clinical benefit from EGFR-TKI, as evidenced by
complete response (CR), partial response (PR), or stable disease (SD) ≥6
months as defined by RECIST or World Health Organization criteria.

- Systemic progression of disease as defined by RECIST or WHO criteria while
treatment with gefitinib or erlotinib.

- No intervening therapy other than EGFR-TKIs (erlotinib and gefitinib) after
progression on an EGFR-TKI.

- Pre-treatment biopsy (performed via bronchoscopy or imaging guidance) for
molecular testing of the tumor is desired but not mandatory for enrollment
in Stage 1. However, pre-treatment biopsy within 21 days prior to the first
day of treatment is required for enrollment in Stage 2.

2. Presence of ALK fusion gene in the tumor demonstrated by FISH and the subject
has acquired resistance to ALK inhibitor therapy.

3. Presence of ALK fusion gene in the tumor demonstrated by FISH and the subject
has progressed on chemotherapy and has not been treated with ALK inhibitor

Exclusion Criteria:

1. History of second malignancies or primary central nervous system malignancies, except
adequately treated non-melanoma skin cancer, curatively treated in-situ disease, or
other solid tumors curatively treated, with no evidence of disease for ≥3 years.

2. Gastrointestinal diseases that could affect the absorption of DS-2248.

3. Subjects with peptic ulcer disease requiring on-going treatment with pH-modifiers

4. Subjects with history of inflammatory bowel disease.

5. Subjects with retinal or uveal diseases including macular degeneration with central
vision loss, retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, and uveitis.

6. Recipient of a stem cell or bone marrow transplant.

7. Has a concomitant medical condition that would increase the risk of toxicity, in the
opinion of the Investigator or Sponsor.

8. Clinically active brain metastases, defined as untreated and symptomatic, or
requiring therapy with steroids or anticonvulsants to control associated symptoms.
Subjects with treated brain metastases that are no longer symptomatic and who require
no treatment with steroids may be included in the study if they have recovered from
the acute toxic effect of radiotherapy. A minimum of 4 weeks must have elapsed
between the end of whole brain radiotherapy and study enrollment (2 weeks for
stereotactic radiotherapy).

9. Has unresolved toxicities from previous anti-cancer therapy, defined as toxicities
(other than alopecia) not yet resolved to National Cancer Institute (NCI) Common
Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE), Version 4.0, Grade ≤1 or baseline.
Subjects with chronic Grade 2 toxicities may be eligible per the discretion of the
Investigator or Sponsor (e.g., Grade 2 chemotherapy-induced neuropathy).

10. Systemic treatment with anticancer therapy, antibody-based therapy, retinoid therapy,
or hormonal therapy (except megestrol acetate as supportive care) within 3 weeks
before study drug treatment; or treatment with nitrosoureas or mitomycin C within 6
weeks before study drug treatment; or treatment with small-molecule Tyrosine Kinase
Inhibitors within 7 days for erlotinib and 10 days for gefitinib before study drug
treatment. Previous and concurrent use of hormone replacement therapy, the use of
gonadotropin-releasing hormone modulators for prostate cancer, and the use of
somatostatin analogs for neuroendocrine tumors are permitted.

11. Therapeutic radiation therapy or major surgery within 4 weeks before study drug
treatment or palliative radiation therapy within 2 weeks before study drug treatment.

12. Participation in a clinical drug study within 3 weeks for small-molecule TKIs before
study drug treatment, or current participation in other investigational procedures.

13. Concomitant treatment with potent inducers or potent inhibitors of cytochrome P450
3A4 (CYP3A4).

14. Concomitant treatment with a medication known to cause renal tubular damage or reduce
renal perfusion at the dose administered, including aminoglycosides, amphotericin B,
pentamidine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and zoledronate.

15. Corrected QT interval (QTc by Bazett's formula) prolongation at rest, where the mean
QTc interval is >450 msec based on triplicate ECG.

16. Pregnant or breastfeeding.

17. Substance abuse or medical, psychological, or social conditions that may, in the
opinion of the Investigator, interfere with the subject's participation in the
clinical study or evaluation of the clinical study results.

18. Less than 1 week since using systemically acting drugs that increase gastric pH, such
as H2-blockers and proton pump inhibitors. Antacids should be avoided within 48 hours
of the first dose of DS-2248.

19. Use of St. John's Wort (hypericin) is not permitted for 30 days before and during the
study. Foods or beverages containing grapefruit should be avoided within 48 hours
before and during the study.

Additional Exclusion Criteria for Part 2 (Dose Expansion)

1. Prior treatment with Hsp90 inhibitors

2. Intervening therapy after progression on an EGFR-TKI (erlotinib and gefitinib),
unless re-treated with EGFR-TKI.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

Objective response rate

Outcome Description:

Objective response rate = the sum of complete response [CR] and partial response [PR] rates

Outcome Time Frame:

Baseline to not more than 6 months

Safety Issue:



United States: Food and Drug Administration

Study ID:




Start Date:

March 2011

Completion Date:

March 2015

Related Keywords:

  • Solid Tumors
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma
  • Heat shock protein 90
  • Advanced solid tumors
  • Non-small cell lung carcinoma
  • Epidermal growth factor receptor
  • Tyrosine kinase inhibitor acquired resistance
  • Non-small cell lung carcinoma with acquired resistance to erlotinib or gefitinib
  • Carcinoma
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
  • Lung Neoplasms
  • Neoplasms



MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando Orlando, Florida  32806
Loma Linda University Medical Center Loma Linda, California  92354
South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics, Llc San Antonio, Texas  78229
Wayne State University Department of Oncology Karmanos Cancer Institute Detroit, Michigan  48201
UC Irvine Medical Center, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Orange, California  92868
City of Hope South Pasadena South Pasadena, California  91030