“The initiation of this trial is a significant milestone as we move forward in our mission to advance the treatment of cancer by developing therapeutics that reduce side effects and optimize the efficacy of cancer treatments for patients,” said Lieming Ding, M.D., Chairman of Xcovery. “We look forward to its initial results.”
The Phase 1/2 open label study is designed to assess the safety and response rate of vorolanib when administered in combination with nivolumab. Refractory patients with NSCLC naïve to checkpoint inhibitor therapy, NSCLC who have progressed on checkpoint inhibitor therapy, or thymic carcinoma will be enrolled. Nivolumab is the first approved drug in the class of checkpoint inhibitors that have demonstrated significant benefits to many cancer patients in recent years. It works by activating the patient’s own immune system to attack the tumor. Vorolanib may modulate the tumor microenvironment and potentiate the efficacy of checkpoint inhibitors such as nivolumab.
“Despite the success of checkpoint inhibitors, there is a need for new treatment modalities to expand the patient population who would benefit from these immunotherapies and/or to overcome resistance to immunotherapies,” said Leora Horn, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Director Thoracic Oncology Research Program and Assistant Vice Chairman for Faculty Development at Vanderbilt University. “The vorolanib combination with nivolumab could be an interesting option.”
For more information on the vorolanib (X-82) combination trial, please visit ClinicalTrials.gov. (Identifier: NCT03583086).