argenx launches Phase II study for cutaneous T-cell lymphoma therapy

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argenx starts a new phase II clinical trial with ARGX-110, a SIMPLE antibody targeting CD70. ARGX-110 will be evaluated as a monotherapy for relapsed/refractory cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL).

argenx announced the initiation of a Phase II trial of ARGX-110 as a monotherapy in patients with relapsed/refractory cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). ARGX-110 is the Company’s SIMPLE Antibody(TM) targeting CD70.

“We have previously observed evidence of biological activity and a promising safety profile in several CD70-positive CTCL patients treated in an ongoing Phase I safety-expansion cohort, resulting in several patients with partial response or stable disease. Based on these preliminary results, we opted to further evaluate ARGX-110 as a monotherapy in an exploratory Phase II study to demonstrate the intrinsic activity of the drug in relapsed/refractory CTCL patients and to broaden our efficacy database,” commented Nicolas Leupin, CMO of argenx. “This marks the second Phase 1/2 study of ARGX-110 with the first having launched in December 2016 as a combination therapy with standard of care in AML.”

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The Phase II clinical trial will enroll up to 10 additional relapsed/refractory CTCL patients, and will be conducted at multiple centers in Europe. The primary endpoints of the trial are safety and efficacy and secondary endpoints include pharmacokinetics and immunogenicity. Interim data are expected by the end of 2017, and we expect to report topline data in the second half of 2018.

ARGX-110 is also being studied as a combination therapy with standard of care azacitidine in newly diagnosed, elderly acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) patients.

ARGX-110 is a SIMPLE Antibody(TM) targeting CD70, an immune checkpoint target involved in hematological malignancies, several solid tumors and severe autoimmune diseases. ARGX-110 works in three ways: i) blocks growth of tumor cells, ii) kills cancer cells and iii) restores immune surveillance against tumors. ARGX-110 is currently being evaluated in a Phase II combination trial in patients with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome and a Phase II trial in patients with relapsed/refractory cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL).