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Proffered Paper 1 – Non-metastatic NSCLC and other thoracic malignancies (SCLC)

4773 - A phase 1 study evaluating rovalpituzumab tesirine (ROVA-T) in frontline treatment of patients (pts) with extensive stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC)


28 Sep 2019


Proffered Paper 1 – Non-metastatic NSCLC and other thoracic malignancies (SCLC)


Cytotoxic Therapy;  Clinical Research

Tumour Site

Small Cell Lung Cancer


Christine Hann


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v710-v717. 10.1093/annonc/mdz264


C. Hann1, T. Burns2, A. Dowlati3, D. Morgensztern4, M. Koch5, Y. Chang6, P. Komarnitsky5, C. Ludwig5, H. Nimeiri5, D..R. Camidge7

Author affiliations

  • 1 Medical Oncology, Johns Hopkins University, 21287 - Baltimore/US
  • 2 Division Of Hematology-oncology, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, University of Pittsburgh, 15213 - Pittsburgh/US
  • 3 Medicine Division Of Hematology And Oncology, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland/US
  • 4 Medical Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine, 63110 - St. Louis/US
  • 5 Oncology Development, AbbVie Inc., North Chicago/US
  • 6 Oncology Development, AbbVie Inc., 60064 - North Chicago/US
  • 7 Medical Oncology, University of Colorado-Denver, 80045 - Aurora/US


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Abstract 4773


ROVA-T is an antibody-drug conjugate targeting delta-like protein 3 (DLL3) that is highly expressed in 80% of SCLC. The reported study (NCT02819999) evaluated ROVA-T alone or in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy (CE) in frontline treatment of ES-SCLC.


Pts with ES-SCLC (≥18 yr; ECOG PS: 0–1) received 1 cycle of CE prior to enrollment (prior treated CNS lesions allowed; tissue banked for later DLL3 analysis). Four cohorts (Co) were enrolled: single-agent ROVA-T (Co1); ROVA-T induction followed by CE (Co2); ROVA-T + CE (Co3); ROVA-T maintenance after CE (Co4). Co1, 2, and 4 were closed early. Co3 received a total 2 IV doses of ROVA-T (0.1 or 0.2 mg/kg) on day 1 of each 6-wk cycle in combination with 4 doses of CE. Primary objectives of Co3: determine the recommended phase II dose (RP2D), evaluate safety and preliminary efficacy; toxicity was graded per NCI CTCAE v4.3, efficacy assessed via RECIST 1.1.


As of March 2019, 26 pts were dosed: Co1 (4), Co2 (5), Co3 (14), Co4 (3). Median age: 66 yr (46% <65, 54% ≥65); 73% ECOG 1; 27% had baseline brain metastases. Fifteen (60%) pts received 2 doses of ROVA-T; 67% completed 4 doses CE. One pt (16.6%) in Co3 (0.2 mg/kg) experienced DLT: grade 3 bullous dermatitis. Most common drug-related AEs (ROVA-T or CE) were fatigue (57.7%), anemia (38.5%), and neutropenia (34.6%). Most common drug-related AEs by Co: Co1, nausea, dyspnea, and hypoalbuminemia (50% each); Co2, edema peripheral (60%); Co3 (0.1 mg), neutropenia and fatigue (62.5% each); Co3 (0.2 mg), fatigue (83.3%); Co4, fatigue, neutropenia, and anemia (100% each). See table for efficacy data. Biomarker DLL3 response data are pending.Table: 1739O

Cohort 2 (0.3 mg/kg) n = 5Cohort 3Cohort 4 (0.3 mg/kg) n = 3Total† N = 26
0.1 mg/kg n = 80.2 mg/kg* n = 6
Objective response rate, n (%) [95% CI]2 (40.0) [5.3–85.3]5 (62.5) [24.5–91.5]2 (33.3) [4.3–77.7]1 (33.3) [0.8–90.6]10 (38.5) [20.2–59.4]
Complete response, n (%)0 (0.0)1 (12.5)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)1 (3.8)
Partial response, n (%)2 (40.0)4 (50.0)2 (33.3)1 (33.3)9 (34.6)
Median PFS, mo [95% CI]2.3 [0.7-NR]4.0 [1.6–5.7]4.2 [2.3-NR]4.2 [0.7–4.2]3.9 [2.0–4.2]
Duration of response, mo Median [95% CI]2.7 [0.5- NR]3.5 [1.8–5.8]2.9 [2.8-NR ]1.7 [NR–NR]2.8 [1.7–5.8]

Best overall response rate: 66.7% (2 out of 6 patients had an unconfirmed response).

Cohort 1 (n = 4): One response observed.

Response is according to RECIST 1.1. Confirmation of CR and PR is required, and changes in tumor measurements must be confirmed by repeat assessment performed no less than 4 weeks (28 days) from initial assessment. CI, confidence interval; CR, complete response; NR, not reached; PFS, progression-free survival; PR, partial response.


The safety profile of ROVA-T 0.3 mg/kg monotherapy was challenging, while the tolerability of lower doses of ROVA-T in combination with CE was acceptable. The RP2D for ROVA-T + CE was 0.2 mg/kg. There was no clear evidence benefit of addition of ROVA-T to CE.

Clinical trial identification


Editorial acknowledgement

Mary L. Smith, PhD, CMPP, from Aptitude Health, Atlanta, GA, funded by AbbVie.

Legal entity responsible for the study

AbbVie Inc.


AbbVie Inc.


C. Hann: Advisory / Consultancy, Research grant / Funding (institution): AbbVie; Advisory / Consultancy: Ascentage; Advisory / Consultancy, Research grant / Funding (institution): BMS; Advisory / Consultancy: Genentech/Roche; Research grant / Funding (institution): Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. T. Burns: Advisory / Consultancy: AbbVie Stemcentrx. A. Dowlati: Advisory / Consultancy: Seattle genetics; Advisory / Consultancy, Research grant / Funding (institution): Takeda; Advisory / Consultancy: AbbVie; Research grant / Funding (institution): Taiho; Research grant / Funding (institution): Roche; Research grant / Funding (institution): EMD Serono; Research grant / Funding (institution): Bayer; Research grant / Funding (institution): Tesaro; Research grant / Funding (institution): Regeneron; Research grant / Funding (institution): Amgen; Research grant / Funding (institution): Mirati; Research grant / Funding (institution): BMS. D. Morgensztern: Advisory / Consultancy, Speaker Bureau / Expert testimony: Genentech; Advisory / Consultancy, Research grant / Funding (institution): Heat Biologics; Advisory / Consultancy, Research grant / Funding (institution): Celgene; Advisory / Consultancy: BMS; Speaker Bureau / Expert testimony: Boehringer Ingelheim; Research grant / Funding (institution): Merck; Research grant / Funding (institution): NewLink Genetics; Research grant / Funding (institution): Clovis Oncology; Research grant / Funding (institution): Stemcentrx; Research grant / Funding (institution): AstraZeneca; Research grant / Funding (institution): Baxter; Research grant / Funding (institution): Incyte. M. Koch: Shareholder / Stockholder / Stock options, Full / Part-time employment: AbbVie. Y. Chang: Shareholder / Stockholder / Stock options, Full / Part-time employment: AbbVie. P. Komarnitsky: Shareholder / Stockholder / Stock options, Full / Part-time employment: AbbVie. C. Ludwig: Shareholder / Stockholder / Stock options, Full / Part-time employment: AbbVie. H. Nimeiri: Shareholder / Stockholder / Stock options, Full / Part-time employment: AbbVie. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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