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First-in-Human Safety and Tolerability Study of MTL-CEBPA in Patients With Advanced Liver Cancer (OUTREACH)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02716012
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2018 by Mina Alpha Limited.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : March 22, 2016
Last Update Posted : September 10, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mina Alpha Limited

Brief Summary:

This is a First in Human study of a new single agent (MTL-CEBPA) in patients with advanced cancer of the liver. The study is in two parts: dose escalation followed by a dose expansion; both parts of the study will recruit advanced hepatocellular carcinoma patients with cirrhosis. All participants will be refractory to or ineligible for loco-regional therapy including surgery, radiofrequency tumour ablation, transarterial chemoembolisation or sorafenib.

MTL-CEBPA consists of a double stranded RNA formulated into a SMARTICLES® liposomal nanoparticle and is designed to activate the CEBPA gene.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hepatocellular Carcinoma Liver Cancer Drug: MTL-CEBPA Phase 1

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 51 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A First-in-Human, Multi-centre, Open-label, Phase 1 Clinical Study With RNA Oligonucleotide Drug MTL-CEBPA to Investigate Its Safety and Tolerability in Patients With Advanced Liver Cancer
Actual Study Start Date : March 1, 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date : March 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2019

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MedlinePlus related topics: Liver Cancer

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: MTL-CEBPA Drug: MTL-CEBPA

Intravenous administration into a vein (peripheral or central) on day 1, 8 and 15 of each 28-day cycle.

Number of Cycles: until progression or unacceptable toxicity develops.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Incidence of Grade 3 or 4 drug related adverse events and clinical lab abnormalities defined as Dose Limiting Toxicities (DLTs) using NCI CTCAE v 4.03 [ Time Frame: During cycle 1 (28 days) of treatment ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Recommended Phase 2 Dose (RP2D) of MTL-CEBPA defined as the most appropriate dose to maximise a favourable risk/benefit reward for the participant population [ Time Frame: After completion of all Cycle 1 (28 days) of treatment for participant enrolled in part 1 ]
  2. Total Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) levels in plasma. [ Time Frame: The pharmacokinetics profile will be assessed by blood collection during Cycle 1 (28 days) of treatment ]
  3. Preliminary evidence of liver function improvement [ Time Frame: Liver function will be assessed by blood collection twice weekly at every cycle (28 days) of treatment ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically confirmed advanced HCC with a background of liver cirrhosis
  • Patients who are considered ineligible for surgery, or any other treatment, who are progressing following loco-regional therapy and/or sorafenib Patients who are naïve to sorafenib are eligible to participate to the study when investigator consider using sorafenib is not suitable for subject after evaluating the risk/ benefit or subject is reluctant to use sorafenib.
  • At least one measurable lesion with target lesion size ≥ 1.0 cm as measured by MRI or CT
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0-1
  • Child-Pugh A or B7 disease (for HCC)
  • Willing to provide archived tumor tissue (if available) and willing to undergo pre- and on-treatment tumor biopsy (if considered safe and medically feasible by the treating investigator)
  • Acceptable laboratory parameters, as demonstrated by:

    • Platelets ≥ 75 x 109/L
    • Serum albumin > 28 g/L
    • ALT and AST ≤ 5 x ULN
    • Bilirubin ≤ 50 µmol /L
    • WBC ≥ 2.0 x 109/L, Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1.5 x 109/L
    • Haemoglobin ≥ 9.0 g/dL
    • Prothrombin time (PT) <20 seconds
  • Acceptable renal function as demonstrated by:

    • Serum creatinine ≤ 1.5 x ULN
    • Calculated creatinine clearance ≥ 60 mL/min (estimated using the Cockcroft & Gault, CKD-EPI formula or equivalent according to local practice at Investigator site)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who have been treated with TACE, sorafenib or chemotherapy within the last 28 days
  • Prior systemic cancer-directed treatments within 15 days or investigational drugs within the last 30 days
  • Grade > 1 prior treatment-related toxicities (excluding alopaecia) at the time of screening
  • Patients with clinically significant cancer ascites
  • Any episode of bleeding from oesophageal varices or other uncontrolled bleeding within the last 3 months
  • Patients administered with serum albumin within the last 7 days prior to the first study drug injection
  • Known infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Patient with central nervous system (CNS) metastasis
  • Signs and symptoms of heart failure characterised as greater than New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class I
  • Patient presenting with a prolonged corrected QT (QTc) interval defined as ≥ 450ms (males) and ≥ 460ms (females) using Fridericia's correction formula; or other clinically significant cardiac abnormalities.
  • Major surgery within the last 30 days
  • Patients with history of organ transplantation and cardiac surgery
  • Patients with sepsis, ineffective biliary drainage with or without cholangitis, obstructive jaundice or encephalopathy
  • Evidence of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis or renal failure or allergic reactions to the agent or excipient Pregnant or lactating women

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02716012

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Contact: MiNA Alpha Limited

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National Cancer Centre Not yet recruiting
Singapore, Singapore
Principal Investigator: Dr Han Chong Toh         
National University Hospital Not yet recruiting
Singapore, Singapore
Principal Investigator: Dr Cheng Ean Chee         
National Taiwan University Hospital Recruiting
Taipei, Taiwan
Principal Investigator: Professor Kai-Wen Huang         
United Kingdom
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Recruiting
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Principal Investigator: Dr yuk-Ting Ma         
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust Recruiting
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Principal Investigator: Dr Bristi Basu         
The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre Recruiting
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Principal Investigator: Professor Jeff Evans         
Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust Recruiting
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Principal Investigator: Professor Daniel Palmer         
Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust Recruiting
London, United Kingdom
Principal Investigator: Dr Debashis Sarker         
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Recruiting
London, United Kingdom
Principal Investigator: Professor Long R Jiao         
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Recruiting
London, United Kingdom
Principal Investigator: Professor Tim Meyer         
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Recruiting
Newcastle, United Kingdom
Principal Investigator: Professor Ruth Plummer         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mina Alpha Limited
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Principal Investigator: Dr Debashis Sarker, MBChB, MRCP, PhD Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London
Study Director: Professor Nagy Habib, MD, ChM, FRCS Mina Alpha Limited
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Mina Alpha Limited Identifier: NCT02716012    
Other Study ID Numbers: MNA-3521-011
2015-003051-21 ( EudraCT Number )
20332 ( Other Identifier: UK NIHR CRN )
First Posted: March 22, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 10, 2018
Last Verified: September 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Keywords provided by Mina Alpha Limited:
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Carcinoma, Hepatocellular
Liver Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Liver Diseases