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Proffered paper session - Immunotherapy of Cancer

2132 - Pre-specified interim analysis of a randomized phase 2b trial of trastuzumab + nelipeptimut-S (NeuVax) vs trastuzumab for the prevention of recurrence demonstrates benefit in triple negative (HER2 low-expressing) breast cancer patients


22 Oct 2018


Proffered paper session - Immunotherapy of Cancer


Targeted Therapy;  Immunotherapy

Tumour Site

Breast Cancer


Daine Hale


Annals of Oncology (2018) 29 (suppl_8): viii400-viii441. 10.1093/annonc/mdy288


D.F. Hale1, E.A. Mittendorf2, T.A. Brown1, G.T. Clifton1, T.J. Vreeland3, J. Myers1, K. Peace1, D. Jackson1, J. Greene1, J. Holmes4, G.E. Peoples5

Author affiliations

  • 1 General Surgery, San Antonio Military Medical Center, 78234 - Fort Sam Houston/US
  • 2 Surgical oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 77030-4095 - Houston/US
  • 3 Surgical oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 77030-3721 - Houston/US
  • 4 Medical Oncology, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego/US
  • 5 Metis Foundation, CVDP, 78205 - SAN ANTONIO/US


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Abstract 2132


HER2 low-expressing (LE) (IHC 1-2+, non-amplified) breast cancer (BCa) patients (pts) are not eligible for HER2-targeted therapies as confirmed in the recent NSABP B-47 trial. We have shown the HER2-derived nelipeptimut-S (E75) + GM-CSF (NeuVax) is safe, immunogenic, & acts synergistically with trastuzumab (Tz) in pre-clinical & pilot clinical studies. Here, we present the interim analysis (IA) of a multi-center, prospective, randomized, single-blinded, placebo-controlled phase 2b trial of Tz + NeuVax vs Tz to reduce recurrence in HER2 LE, node positive (NP) and/or triple negative BCa (TNBC) pts.


Pts were randomized to receive Tz & NeuVax (vaccine group; VG) or Tz + GM-CSF (control group; CG). All pts received 1 year of Tz per label. NeuVax or GM-CSF was given Q3wk x 6 starting with 3rd Tz dose, then boosted Q6mo x 4. Cardiac ejection fraction (EF) was measured at baseline and serially on study. Pre-specified IA was triggered 6 mo after last enrollment. Analyses populations were intention-to- treat (ITT) & modified ITT/safety (mITT/S) (pts receiving ≥1 dose of NeuVax or GM-CSF). The primary endpoint is disease-free survival (DFS) at 24 mo evaluated by log-rank.


275 pts were enrolled (VG n = 136, CG n = 139). No significant clinicopathologic differences were seen between groups. There was no difference between groups in related local (p = 0.19) or systemic (p = 0.85) toxicities (no grade 4/5 events) or in EF pre- to post-treatment (p = 0.60). At a median follow-up of 19.4 mo, estimated (est) 24 mo DFS in the VG vs CG was 88.6% vs 82.5% in ITT (p = 0.26, HR = 0.67) and 89.3% vs 82.3% in mITT/S (p = 0.17, HR = 0.61). In NP pts, est 24mo DFS in ITT VG vs CG was 85.9% vs 80.2% (p = 0.38, HR = 0.71), but in TNBC pts, it was 91.1% vs 69.9% (p = 0.02, HR = 0.26).


NeuVax + Tz is safe without added cardiac toxicity compared to Tz alone. The pre-specified IA shows efficacy trends overall in favor of the NeuVax + Tz combination, but most importantly demonstrates a highly significant clinical benefit in TNBC pts, suggesting the need for a definitive Ph3 study in this underserved pt population.

Clinical trial identification


Legal entity responsible for the study

George E. Peoples; Cancer Insight, LLC.


Sellas Life Sciences Group.

Editorial Acknowledgement


G.E. Peoples: NeuVax inventor rights. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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