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1962 - Design of a phase II trial comparing tepotinib + gefitinib with cisplatin + pemetrexed in EGFR inhibitor-resistant, c-Met+ NSCLC


08 Oct 2016


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Yi-Long Wu


Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (6): 416-454. 10.1093/annonc/mdw383


Y. Wu1, K. Park2, D. Kim3, R. Soo4, U. Stammberger5, W. Chen6, G. Locatelli5, J. Yang7

Author affiliations

  • 1 Guangdong Lung Cancer Institute, Guangdong General Hospital, 510080 - Guangzhou/CN
  • 2 Div Of Hem/onc, Dept Of Med, Samsung Medical Center Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 135-710 - Seoul/KR
  • 3 Department Of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH)-Yongon Campus, 110-744 - Seoul/KR
  • 4 Cancer Institute, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, Singapore/SG
  • 5 Global Clinical Development, Global Research And Development, Merck KGaA, 64293 - Darmstadt/DE
  • 6 Merck, Merck KGaA, Beijing/CN
  • 7 Department Of Oncology, National Taiwan University Hospital, 100 - Taipei/TW


Abstract 1962


The phase Ib part of this trial established a recommended phase II dose for tepotinib of 500 mg/day for use in combination with gefitinib for the treatment of patients (pts) with gefitinib-resistant, locally advanced/metastatic c-Met+ NSCLC. The combination was well tolerated with evidence of antitumor activity, particularly in patients with c-Met+ tumors. The current design of the ongoing phase II part of the trial (NCT01982955) is described.

Trial design

As previously described, eligible pts are adults of ECOG PS 0 or 1 with locally advanced/metastatic NSCLC bearing an EGFR-activating mutation and high levels of c-Met (2 + /3+ expression determined by IHC or MET amplification determined by ISH). In the randomized part, 136 pts with confirmed EGFR T790M– tumors are randomized to tepotinib 500 mg/day + gefitinib 250 mg/day PO or pemetrexed 500 mg/m2 IV + cisplatin 75 mg/m2 IV administered on day 1 of a 21-day cycle. In the non-randomized part, pts with EGFR T790M+ tumors receive tepotinib + gefitinib. Protocol updates have extended recruitment from Asia to include Europe and the USA, as well as making pts with acquired resistance to any approved first-line EGFR TKI, including erlotinib or afatinib as well as gefitinib, eligible. Pts with acquired resistance to any of these EGFR TKIs are expected to be resistant to gefitinib monotherapy. The primary objective is to evaluate whether progression-free survival of second-line tepotinib in combination with gefitinib is superior to pemetrexed + cisplatin in pts with T790M–, c-Met+ locally advanced or metastatic NSCLC with acquired resistance to first-line EGFR TKIs. Secondary objectives are to evaluate the safety and tolerability of tepotinib in combination with gefitinib, the efficacy of tepotinib in combination with gefitinib in T790M–, c-Met+ pts, the antitumor activity of tepotinib in combination with gefitinib in T790M + , c-Met+ pts, and quality of life. This trial will establish whether the use of tepotinib in the treatment of patients with EGFR TKI-resistant, c-Met+ NSCLC merits further investigation.

Clinical trial identification

Legal entity responsible for the study



Merck KGaA


Y-L. Wu: Paid honoraria by Roche, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Sanofi in the past 2 years. Paid for research by Roche, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Merck Serono, Novartis, BMS, ACEA Biosciences. K. Park: Paid for consulting or advisory role by the following companies in the past 2 years: Astra Zeneca, Boehringer Ingeiheim, Clovis, Eli Lilly, Hanmi, ONO, Roche, Novartis. Conducted paid research for AstraZeneca in the past 2 years. D-W. Kim: Paid consulting/advisory role for Novartis in the past 2 years. R. Soo: Paid for consulting/advisory role in the past 2 years by AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Lilly, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche. Conducted research funded by AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Roche, Taiho, Merck-Serono, Novartis, Servier Bayer. U. Stammberger, G. Locatelli: Employee of Merck KGaA. W. Chen: Employee of Merck Serono. J. Yang: Paid consultant/advisor to Astrazeneca, Roche/Genetech, Eli Lilly, Boehringer Ingelheim, Clovis, Novartis, Bayer, MSD, Merck, Pfizer, Astellas, Daichi-Sankyo, Celgene. Institute paid for consultation to Takeda. Research funded by Boehringer.

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