INC280 and Erlotinib Hydrochloride in Treating Patients With Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

Official Title:

Phase I Study of INC280 Plus Erlotinib in Patients With C-Met Expressing Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Basic Trial Information

Phase Type Age Sponsor Protocol IDs Status
Phase 1 Interventional 18 Years and older University of California, Davis UCDCC#238
Enrolling patients

Study Design:

Principal Investigator

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Department of Medicine

Clinical Research Coordinator

UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
(415) 885-3673 Phone
415-353-9721 Fax

Trial Summary

This phase I trial studies the side effects and best dose of c-Met inhibitor INCB028060 and erlotinib hydrochloride when given together in treating patients with previously treated non-small cell lung cancer. C-Met inhibitor INCB028060 and erlotinib hydrochloride may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.


Inclusion Criteria:
  • Patients must provide written informed consent prior to any screening procedures
  • Willing and able to comply with scheduled visits, treatment plan and laboratory tests
  • Patient is able to swallow and retain oral medication
  • Histologically or cytologically documented diagnosis of NSCLC
  • Must have evidence of MET expression by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH),
    MET immunohistochemistry (IHC) score of 2-3+, reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain
    reaction (RT-PCR) or a mutation
  • Tumor tissue for correlative studies is mandatory
  • Patients in expansion cohort A will have a biopsy (which is standard of care) at the
    time of progression that shows evidence of MET positivity and meets the criteria for
    acquired resistance per the Jackman criteria
        - Previously received treatment with a single-agent erlotinib
        - A tumor that harbors an EGFR mutation known to be associated with drug
           sensitivity (i.e. G719X, exon 19 deletion, L858R, L861Q)
        - Systemic progression of disease (Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors
           [RECIST] or World Health Organization [WHO]) while on continuous treatment with
           gefitinib or erlotinib
  • Patients must have measurable disease; disease in previously irradiated sites is
    considered measurable if there is clear disease progression following radiation
  • Failed 1-2 prior chemotherapies for advanced disease; prior erlotinib is allowed in
    the dose finding phase and expansion cohort A (Patients in expansion cohort B must be
    erlotinib naïve and have v-Ki-ras2 Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog [KRAS]
    wild type tumor)
  • Patients must be willing to be off therapy for a minimum of two weeks (In expansion
    cohort A patients on erlotinib do not have to discontinue treatment)
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0-2
  • Life expectancy greater than 3 months
  • Hemoglobin > 9 g/dL (International System [SI] units: 90 g/L) without transfusion
    support or growth factors within 10 days of starting INC280
  • Platelet count >= 75 x 10^9/L
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1.2 x 10^9/L without growth factor support
  • Total bilirubin =< 2 x upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST)/serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT)
    and/or alanine aminotransferase (ALT)/serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT) =<
    2.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Serum creatinine =< 2 x ULN
  • Serum amylase =< ULN
  • Serum lipase =< ULN
  • Fasting serum triglyceride level =< 500 mg/dL
Exclusion Criteria:
  • Patients who have had major surgery within 4 weeks of initiation of study medication,
    excluding the placement of vascular access
  • Patients with concurrent uncontrolled medical conditions that may interfere with
    their participation in the study or potentially affect the interpretation of the
    study data
        - Unstable angina pectoris, symptomatic congestive heart failure, myocardial
           infarction =< 6 months prior to first study treatment, serious uncontrolled
           cardiac arrhythmia
        - Severely impaired lung function
        - Active (acute or chronic) or uncontrolled infection
        - Nonmalignant medical illnesses that are uncontrolled or whose control may be
           jeopardized by the treatment with the study therapy
        - Liver disease (i.e. cirrhosis, chronic active hepatitis, chronic persistent
  • Symptomatic central nervous system (CNS) metastases that are neurologically unstable
    or requiring increasing doses of steroids to control CNS disease
        - Note: Patients with controlled CNS metastases are allowed; radiotherapy or
           surgery for CNS metastases must have been completed > 2 weeks prior to study
           entry; patients must be neurologically stable, having no new neurologic deficits
           on clinical examination, and no new findings on CNS imaging; steroid use for
           management of CNS metastases must be at a stable dose for two weeks preceding
           study entry
  • Receiving drugs known to be strong inducers of cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) or
    inhibiting drugs known to interact with erlotinib including, but not limited to:
    enzyme-inducing anticonvulsants, rifampicin, rifabutin, St John wort and ketoconazole
  • Treatment with proton pump inhibitors within 3 days prior to study entry
  • Currently receiving any prohibited medications including vitamins and herbal
  • Any other condition that would, in the investigator's judgment, contraindicate
    participation in the clinical study due to safety concerns or compliance with
    clinical study procedures, e.g., infection/inflammation, intestinal obstruction,
    unable to swallow medication, social/ psychological issues, etc.
  • Pregnant or nursing (lactating) women, where pregnancy is defined as the state of a
    female after conception and until the termination of gestation, confirmed by a
    positive human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) laboratory test (> 5 mIU/mL)
  • Women of child-bearing potential, defined as all women physiologically capable of
    becoming pregnant, unless they are using highly effective methods of contraception
    during dosing and for 3 months after stopping study drug; highly effective
    contraception methods include:
        - Total abstinence or
        - Male or female sterilization or
        - Combination of any two of the following (a+b or a+c or b+c):
              - (a) Use of oral, injected or implanted hormonal methods of contraception
              - (b) Placement of an intrauterine device (IUD) or intrauterine system (IUS)
              - (c) Barrier methods of contraception: condom or occlusive cap (diaphragm or
                 cervical/vault caps) with spermicidal foam/gel/film/cream/vaginal
  • Women are considered post-menopausal and not of child bearing potential if they have
    had 12 months of natural (spontaneous) amenorrhea with an appropriate clinical
    profile (e.g. age appropriate, history of vasomotor symptoms) or have had surgical
    bilateral oophorectomy (with or without hysterectomy) or tubal ligation at least six
    weeks ago; in the case of oophorectomy alone, only when the reproductive status of
    the woman has been confirmed by follow up hormone level assessment is she considered
    not of child bearing potential
  • Sexually active males must use a condom during intercourse while taking the drug and
    for 3 months after stopping study drug and should not father a child in this period;
    a condom is required to be used also by vasectomized men in order to prevent delivery
    of the drug via seminal fluid
  • Patients unwilling or unable to comply with the protocol
  • Prior treatment with a MET inhibitor or hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) targeting
  • No history of another active cancer
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) seropositivity

Detailed Description

I. To determine the maximum tolerated dose of INC280 (c-Met inhibitor INCB028060) plus
erlotinib (erlotinib hydrochloride) in patients with met proto-oncogene (MET) expressing
non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
I. To describe the toxicity profile of INC280 plus erlotinib. II. To determine the
preliminary efficacy of INC280 plus erlotinib. III. To characterize the pharmacokinetic
behavior of this combination.
I. To collect blood and tumor samples for exploratory analysis of the MET and epidermal
growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling pathways.
OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study.
Patients receive c-Met inhibitor INCB028060 orally (PO) twice daily (BID) and erlotinib
hydrochloride PO once daily (QD) on days 1-28. Courses repeat every 28 days in the absence
of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up for 30 days.


Final eligibility is determined by the health professionals conducting the trial and the protocol approved by the Committee on Human Resources (CHR) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The Patient Consent Form for this trial is available upon request. For more information about this trial, please see the full posting at

Information about this trial was obtained from the NIH Clinical Trials website, on 1/26/2017. UCSF specific information including the PI (Principal Investigator), trial enrollment status, and UCSF Study ID, supplement the study posting.