NUC-1031 in combination with cisplatin for first-line treatment of advanced biliary tract cancer

Jennifer J Knox, Mairead Mcnamara, Daniel Palmer, TRJ Evans, David Goldstein, John Bridgewater, Juan Valle

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Background: Cisplatin and gemcitabine (CisGem) is the global standard of care for 1st-line treatment of patients (pts) with advanced biliary tract cancer (BTC). No agents have regulatory approval for this disease. CisGem achieves an objective response rate (ORR) of 26% and median overall survival (OS) of 11.7 months (ABC-02). Key cancer resistance mechanisms limit gemcitabine efficacy. NUC-1031, a phosphoramidate transformation of gemcitabine, is designed to overcome resistance mechanisms associated with poor gemcitabine response. Promising signs of efficacy have been observed with single agent in a phase I study in solid tumors (Blagden et al 2018) and in the phase Ib ABC-08 study of NUC-1031 + cisplatin 25 mg /m2 d1, d8 q 21 days for the 1st-line treatment of advanced BTC. 14 pts have been enrolled across 2 cohorts (NUC-1031: 625 mg/m2 and 725 mg/m2). In 11 pts evaluable for response ORR was 64% (1 CR, 6 PRs) and DCR was 73%. PFS/OS data is maturing. The combination was very well-tolerated with no unexpected adverse events or dose-limiting toxicities. The RP2D in combination with cisplatin is 725 mg/ m2. Safety, coupled with encouraging efficacy signal has led to initiation of a global Phase III development program. Methods: A Phase III, open-label, randomized head-to-head study of NUC-1031 + cisplatin versus CisGem for the 1st-line treatment of advanced BTC will include pts ≥18 years with histologically- or cytologically-proven BTC (including cholangiocarcinoma, gallbladder, or ampullary cancer), that is not resectable and who have had no prior systemic chemotherapy for locally advanced/metastatic disease. A total of 828 pts will be randomized (1:1) to either 725 mg/m2 NUC-1031 + 25 mg/m2 cisplatin or 1000 mg/m2 gemcitabine + 25 mg/m2 cisplatin, administered on Days 1 and 8 of a 21-day cycle, respectively. Primary objectives are OS and ORR. Secondary objectives include further measurements of efficacy, safety, pharmacokinetics, and patient-reported quality of life. The study will be conducted at approximately 120 sites across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific countries.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventASCO 2019 - McCormick place, Chicago, United States
Duration: 31 May 20194 Jun 2019


ConferenceASCO 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Biliary tract cancer
  • advanced disease
  • first-line therapy
  • NUC-1031

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Cancer Research Centre


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