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5764 - Pharmacokinetic (PK) assessment of BT1718: A phase 1/2a study of BT1718, a first in class Bicycle Toxin Conjugate (BTC), in patients (pts) with advanced solid tumours


28 Sep 2019


Poster Display session 1


Clinical Research

Tumour Site


Natalie Cook


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v159-v193. 10.1093/annonc/mdz244


N. Cook1, U. Banerji2, J. Evans3, A. Biondo2, T. Germetaki1, M. Randhawa3, L. Godfrey4, S. Leslie4, P. Jeffrey5, M. Rigby5, G. Bennett5, S. Blakemore6, M. Koehler7, A. Niewiarowski4, M. Pittman4, S.N. Symeonides8

Author affiliations

  • 1 Department Of Medical Oncology, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, M20 4BX - Manchester/GB
  • 2 Drug Development Unit, The Institute of Cancer Research/Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, SM2 5PT - Sutton/GB
  • 3 Medical Oncology, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, G12 0YN - Glasgow/GB
  • 4 Centre For Drug Development, Cancer Research UK, EC1V 4AD - London/GB
  • 5 Preclinical Development, Bicycle Therapeutics, CB22 3AT - Cambridge/GB
  • 6 Translational Science, Bicycle Therapeutics, Lexington/US
  • 7 Oncology, REPARETherapeutics, MA 02142 - Cambridge/US
  • 8 Edinburgh Cancer Centre Western General Hospital, Edinburgh Cancer Centre Western General Hospital, EH4 2XU - Edinburgh/GB


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Abstract 5764


BT1718 contains a constrained bicyclic peptide with high affinity and selectivity for cell surface target MT1-MMP (MMP14) linked to a toxin (DM1) via a cleavable disulphide linker. BT1718 has demonstrated significant anti-tumor activity in preclinical studies in tumors that express MT1-MMP. Following intravenous (IV) administration to preclinical species, BT1718 exhibited PK typical of a BTC. We report clinical progress on QW and BIW dosing, plasma and tumor PK results.


This is a first in human, multicenter, dose escalation study in advanced solid tumor pts with the aims of establishing the recommended phase 2 dose (RP2D) for QW & BIW IV BT1718 dosing (3 out of every 4 weeks per cycle), and exploratory PK. Following determination of RP2Ds, expansion cohorts will enroll to further explore efficacy, tolerability and PD of BT1718 in ∼70 pts with MT1-MMP expressing tumors such as NSCLC and TNBC.


24 pts were enrolled with various types of solid tumors across both dose escalation cohorts (see table). BIW RP2D was determined as 7.2 mg/m2. The 2 pts with DLTs at 9.6 mg/m2 BIW experienced grade 3 increased GGT or fatigue. QW dose escalation continues at 20 mg/m2. Mean number of cycles received = 2.3 months (N = 24), with no objective responses observed to date in this unselected population. Consistent with preclinical data, preliminary clinical PK results with BT1718 confirm moderate plasma clearance (∼10 mL/min/kg) linear with dose, a volume of distribution similar to extracellular fluid (∼0.20 L/kg) and a t1/2 of ∼0.3 h. Analysis of pts biopsy samples confirms distribution of DM1 in tumors at similar concentrations observed in mouse xenograft models. Results will be updated at time of presentation.Table:


BT1718 Dose (mg/m2)Twice weekly schedule (BIW)Once weekly schedule (QW)
DLT evaluable ptsDLTsDLT evaluable ptsDLTs


BT1718 is a first in class BTC which is generally well tolerated at the present dose level. Current plasma and tumor PK data are consistent with proposed preclinical mechanism of tumor targeted toxin delivery.

Clinical trial identification


Editorial acknowledgement

Legal entity responsible for the study

Cancer Research UK.


Cancer Research UK and BicycleRD Limited.


N. Cook: Advisory / Consultancy: Tarveda Therapeutics; Advisory / Consultancy: Epigene Therapeutics. U. Banerji: Advisory / Consultancy: Astellas; Advisory / Consultancy: Novartis; Advisory / Consultancy: Karus Therapeutics; Advisory / Consultancy: Phoenix ACT; Advisory / Consultancy: Eli Lilly; Advisory / Consultancy: Astex; Advisory / Consultancy: Vernalis; Research grant / Funding (institution), ONX-0801: funding for investigator-initiated Phase I trial: Onyx Pharmaceuticals; Research grant / Funding (institution), ONX-0801: funding for investigator-initiated Phase I trial: BTG International; Research grant / Funding (institution), RAF/MEK: funding for investigator-initiated Phase I trial: Chugai; Research grant / Funding (institution), TAX-TORC: funding for investigator-initiated Phase I trial: AstraZeneca; Research grant / Funding (institution), FRAME: funding for investigator-initiated Phase I trial: Verastem; Full / Part-time employment, ICR is involved in the development of PI3K, HSP90, HDAC, AKT, ROCK, RAF and CHK1: Institute of Cancer Research. J. Evans: Speaker Bureau / Expert testimony: BMS, Eisai, Bayer, Roche, Celgene, MSD; Officer / Board of Directors, Committee Member: Genmab (chair), BMS; Advisory / Consultancy: Karus Therapeutics; Research grant / Funding (self): AstraZeneca, Basliea, BMS, Bayer, Celgene, MSD, MiNa therapeautics, Roche, Medicina, Pfizer, Sierra, Verastem, Lilly, Eisai, NuCana, GSK, Novartis, Immunocore, Bicycle Therapeutics, Haloxyme, Berg, J&J, CytomX, BeiGene, Vertex, Plexxikon, BioLine Rx, Athe; Leadership role, Non-remunerated: Cancer Research UK, NCRN, Breast Cancer Now, Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, EORTC GI group member, British Council of Cancer, Wales Clinical Trial Unit, ILCA; Non-remunerated activity/ies, Member: BACR, EACT, ACP, ESMO, ASCO, AACR. A. Biondo: Full / Part-time employment, ICR is involved in the development of PI3K, HSP90, HDAC, AKT, ROCK, RAF and CHK1: Institute of Cancer Research. P. Jeffrey: Full / Part-time employment: BicycleRD Limited. M. Rigby: Full / Part-time employment: BicycleRD Limited. G. Bennett: Full / Part-time employment: BicycleRD Limited. S. Blakemore: Full / Part-time employment: BicycleRD Limited. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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