ARV-471 continues to show activity in heavily pre-treated patients with locally advanced or metastatic ER+/HER2- breast cancer
Median progression free survival of 3.7 months in all patients and 5.7 months in patients with ESR1 mutant tumors support the initiation of two Phase 3 registrational trials
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Nov. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Arvinas, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARVN) today announced initial results from the Phase 2 cohort expansion portion (VERITAC) of a phase 1/2 study with ARV-471, a novel PROTAC® estrogen receptor (ER) protein degrader. ARV-471 is being co-developed with Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic ER positive / human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) negative (ER+/HER2-) breast cancer.
This disclosure was originally planned for December 8, 2022. However, on November 21, 2022, the 2022 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) incorrectly published the abstract, omitting a key safety data table, and inadvertently released the corresponding full data presentation on the SABCS website. These full data are scheduled to be presented on December 8, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. CT in an oral presentation titled “ARV-471, a PROTAC® estrogen receptor (ER) degrader in advanced ER-positive/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative breast cancer: phase 2 expansion (VERITAC) of a phase 1/2 study.”
As a result of the early release of the full data presentation, Arvinas will host a conference call and webcast today, November 22, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss these data. Those wishing to examine the data in more detail are welcome to access our 8K filed last evening located here.
In the VERITAC trial, ARV-471 shows a favorable tolerability profile and demonstrates a clinical benefit rate of 38% (total n=71) (CBR: rate of confirmed complete response, confirmed partial response, or stable disease > 24 weeks), the primary endpoint in the trial. These results are consistent with the Phase 1 portion of this trial.
Patients in VERITAC had a median of four lines of prior therapies, in a population where 100% of patients were treated with prior cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK4/6) inhibitors, 79% with prior fulvestrant, and 73% with prior chemotherapy.
At the time of data cutoff (June 6, 2022), ARV-471 administered at 200 mg (n=35) and 500 mg (n=36) demonstrated:
- Antitumor activity in 100% CDK4/6 inhibitor-pretreated patients, as measured by a CBR of 38% (total n=71) in all patients and 51.2% in patients with mutant ESR1 tumors (n=41).
- Preliminary median progression-free survival (mPFS) of 3.7 months, a key secondary endpoint, in all evaluable patients and 5.7 months in patients with mutant ESR1 tumors (n=41).
- A favorable tolerability profile, with the majority of treatment-related adverse events (TRAEs) reported as Grade 1 or 2.
“I’m gratified to see the continued differentiated profile of ARV-471 and its potential to become an important new standard of care for patients with ER+/HER2- breast cancer,” said John Houston, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer at Arvinas. “The positive VERITAC results, in a heavily pre-treated population in which 100% of the patients received at least one prior CDK4/6 inhibitor and many who had progressed on or after chemotherapy, and fulvestrant, reinforce our confidence in ARV-471 as we prepare to initiate two pivotal trials, with the goal of working to give patients and physicians a potential new option in the fight against breast cancer.”
“These data validate the early data which led us to enter into the collaboration with Arvinas and give us the confidence needed to initiate two Phase 3 registrational trials," said Chris Boshoff, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Development Officer, Oncology and Rare Disease, Pfizer Global Product Development.
ARV-471 Clinical Update
VERITAC is the Phase 2 cohort expansion portion of a Phase 1/2 single-arm trial of ARV-471 alone and in combination with palbociclib in patients with ER+/HER2- locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer (mBC) (NCT04072952). In VERITAC, patients were treated with either 200 mg or 500 mg ARV-471 with a primary endpoint of CBR (CR, PR or SD > 24 weeks). Secondary endpoints include ORR, DOR, PFS and OS as well as safety (AEs) and pharmacokinetics.
As of the data cut-off date of June 6, 2022, 71 patients with locally advanced or metastatic ER+/HER2- breast cancer in the VERITAC expansion cohort were treated once-daily with oral doses of ARV-471 at 200 mg (n=35) or 500 mg (n=36).
- 100% of patients were previously treated with CDK 4/6 inhibitors
- 79% of patients were previously treated with fulvestrant
- 73% of patients were previously treated with chemotherapy
- 45% received chemotherapy in the metastatic setting
Clinical benefit rate (the primary endpoint, defined as a confirmed complete response, partial response, or stable disease ≥ 24 weeks) in all patients (n=71) and in patients with tumors harboring ESR1 mutations (n=41):
- All patients (200 mg and 500 mg, n=71): 38%
- Patients with tumors harboring ESR1 mutations (n=41): 51.2%
- Patients with ESR1 wild-type tumors (n=25): 20%
- All patients at 200 mg (n=35): 37.1%
- Patients with tumors harboring ESR1 mutations (n=19): 47%
- All patients at 500 mg (n=36): 39%
- Patients with tumors harboring ESR1 mutations (n=22): 55%
Progression free survival
- All patients receiving 200 mg or 500 mg qd ARV-471 (n=71): median 3.7 months
- Patients with mutant ESR1 tumors (n=41): median 5.7 months
- Patients receiving 200 mg qd ARV-471 (n=35): median 3.5 months
- Patients with mutant ESR1 tumors (n=19): median 5.5 months
- At the time of the data cutoff, data for 500 mg cohort were immature and therefore not included in a separate analysis
ARV-471 was well tolerated across both dose levels. TRAEs were primarily Grade 1 and 2, with 5 patients experiencing Grade 3/4 TRAEs:
- 200 mg cohort:
- Grade 1 (n=13): 37%
- Grade 2 (n=13): 37%
- Grade 3 or 4 (n=2): 6%
- Grade 3/4 TRAEs in the 200 mg cohort were Grade 3 QT prolonged (n=1) and Grade 3 thrombocytopenia and Grade 4 hyperbilirubinemia (n=1).
- 500 mg cohort:
- Grade 1 (n=11): 31%
- Grade 2 (n=9): 25%
- Grade 3 or 4 (n=3): 8%
- Grade 3/4 TRAEs in the 500 mg cohort were Grade 3 fatigue (n=1), Grade 3 decreased appetite (n=1), and Grade 3 neutropenia (n=1).
There was 1 discontinuation due to a treatment-emergent adverse event (TEAE) and no dose reductions in the 200 mg cohort. There were 2 discontinuations and 3 dose reductions in the 500 mg cohort.
Anticipated 2022/2023 Milestones
- Initiate a Phase 3 trial (First Subject First Visit) with ARV-471 as a second-line treatment in patients with ER+/HER2- metastatic breast cancer (4Q 2022).
- Initiate a Phase 3 trial (First Subject First Visit) with ARV-471 in combination with palbociclib as a first-line treatment in patients with ER+/HER2- metastatic breast cancer (1Q 2023).
- Initiate the first two cohorts (First Subject First Visit) and initiate additional arms with other targeted therapies in the ongoing Phase 1b combination trial (TACTIVE-U) (2023).
- Present data from the Phase 1b combination trial with palbociclib (Part C of the Phase 1/2 trial) at a medical conference (1H 2023).
Investor Call & Webcast Details
A conference call and webcast will be held at 4:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, with executives from Arvinas and Chris Boshoff, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Development Officer, Oncology and Rare Disease, Pfizer Global Product Development. Participants are invited to listen by going to the Events and Presentation section under the Investor page on the Arvinas website at www.arvinas.com. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the Arvinas website following the presentation.
ARV-471 is an investigational, orally-bioavailable PROTAC® protein degrader designed to specifically target and degrade the estrogen receptor (ER) for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic ER+/HER2- breast cancer.
In preclinical studies, ARV-471 demonstrated near-complete ER degradation in tumor cells, induced robust tumor shrinkage when dosed as a single agent in multiple ER-driven xenograft models, and showed superior anti-tumor activity when compared to a standard of care agent, fulvestrant, both as a single agent and in combination with a CDK4/6 inhibitor. In July 2021, Arvinas announced a global collaboration with Pfizer for the co-development and co-commercialization of ARV-471; Arvinas and Pfizer will equally share worldwide development costs, commercialization expenses, and profits.
Arvinas is a clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to improving the lives of patients suffering from debilitating and life-threatening diseases through the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapies that degrade disease-causing proteins. Arvinas uses its proprietary PROTAC® Discovery Engine platform to engineer proteolysis targeting chimeras, or PROTAC® targeted protein degraders, that are designed to harness the body’s own natural protein disposal system to selectively and efficiently degrade and remove disease-causing proteins. In addition to its robust preclinical pipeline of PROTAC® protein degraders against validated and “undruggable” targets, the company has three investigational clinical-stage programs: bavdegalutamide (ARV-110) and ARV-766 for the treatment of men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer; and ARV-471 for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic ER+/HER2- breast cancer. For more information, visit www.arvinas.com.
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