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1269P - EMPOWER-lung 4: Phase II, randomized, open-label high dose or standard dose cemiplimab alone/plus ipilimumab in the second-line treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)


17 Sep 2020


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Byoung Yong Shim


Annals of Oncology (2020) 31 (suppl_4): S754-S840. 10.1016/annonc/annonc283


B.Y. Shim1, S. Lee2, J. de Castro Carpeño3, C. Chiu4, M. Cobo5, H.R. Kim6, J.S. Ryu7, M.M. Tarruella8, Y. Summers9, C.A. Thomas10, Y. Xu2, I. Lowy11, P. Rietschel11

Author affiliations

  • 1 Department Of Medical Oncology, St. Vincent's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Suwon - Suwon, Gyeonggi-do/KR
  • 2 Clinical Sciences, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Basking Ridge/US
  • 3 Department Of Oncology, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid/ES
  • 4 Department Of Chest Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital/School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, 11217 - Taipei City/TW
  • 5 Unidad De Gestión Clínica Intercentros De Oncología Médica, Hospitales Universitarios Regional y Virgen de la Victoria - IBIMA, Málaga/ES
  • 6 Division Of Medical Oncology, Yonsei Cancer Center, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul/KR
  • 7 Department Of Internal Medicine, Inha University Hospital, Incheon/KR
  • 8 Servicio De Oncología Médica, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona/ES
  • 9 Department Of Medical Oncology, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust/Division of Cancer Sciences, Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, M20 4BX - Manchester/GB
  • 10 Department Of Medical Oncology, New England Cancer Specialists, Scarborough/US
  • 11 Clinical Sciences, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Tarrytown/US


Abstract 1269P


Programmed cell death-1/ligand 1 (PD-1/PD-L1) inhibitors have become key treatment options for advanced NSCLC without EGFR, ALK, or ROS1 mutations. Here, we report on the antitumour activity of cemiplimab, an anti–PD-1, alone or plus ipilimumab (an anti-cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 agent) in second-line (2L) advanced NSCLC.


Patients with advanced NSCLC were randomised (1:1:1; stratified by histology and PD-L1 status) to receive cemiplimab 350 mg once every 3 weeks (Q3W) (Arm A); or cemiplimab 350 mg Q3W plus ipilimumab 50 mg once every 6 weeks (Q6W) (up to 4 doses) (Arm B); or cemiplimab 1050 mg Q3W (Arm C), for up to 108 weeks or until disease progression. Primary endpoint was objective response rate (ORR) in patients with PD-L1 expression <50%, per independent central review. Data cut-off was 28 Aug 2019.


Of 28 patients enrolled, 27 received treatment (Arm A, n=8; Arm B, n=11; and Arm C, n=8). Median (range) age was 68 (46–80) years; 71.4% were male; 39.3% had prior radiotherapy; 67.9% had non-squamous NSCLC; and 57.1% had a PD-1 level <1%. Median duration of treatment exposure was 10.8 (Arm A), 17.9 (Arm B), and 10.8 (Arm C) weeks. ORR (95% confidence interval) was 0% (0.0–36.9%) in Arm A, 45.5% (16.7–76.6%) in Arm B and 11.1% (0.3–48.2%) in Arm C. For patients with PD-L1 levels <1%, ORR was 36.4% (Arm B), and 11.1% (Arm C); for patients with PD-L1 levels of 1–49%, ORR was 9.1% (Arm B), and 0% (Arm C). Median duration of response (DOR) has not been reached; observed DOR was 2+ to 6.9+ (Arm B) and 4.8+ months (Arm C). Most common treatment-emergent adverse events of any grade were decreased appetite and constipation (each 37.5%) in Arm A; hypothyroidism and pneumonia (each 36.4%) in Arm B; and decreased appetite (37.5%) in Arm C. Across all arms, increased alanine aminotransferase was the only Grade ≥3 immune-related adverse event reported in >1 patient (Arm B; 18.2%).


In patients with advanced NSCLC and <50% PD-L1 expression, 2L combination treatment with cemiplimab 350 mg + ipilimumab 50 mg exhibited numerically higher antitumour activity than cemiplimab monotherapy (350 or 1050 mg).

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Editorial acknowledgement

Medical writing support was provided by Atif Riaz, PhD of Prime, Knutsford, UK, funded by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi.

Legal entity responsible for the study

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi.


Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi.


S. Lee: Shareholder/Stockholder/Stock options, Full/Part-time employment: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. J. de Castro Carpeño: Advisory/Consultancy, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: AstraZeneca; Advisory/Consultancy: Boehringer Ingelheim; Advisory/Consultancy: Bristol-Myers Squibb; Advisory/Consultancy, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Hoffmann-la Roche; Advisory/Consultancy, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Merck Sharp and Dohme; Advisory/Consultancy: Novartis; Advisory/Consultancy: Pfizer ; Advisory/Consultancy: Takeda. M.M. Tarruella: Advisory/Consultancy, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: AstraZeneca; Advisory/Consultancy: Boehringer Ingelheim; Advisory/Consultancy, Research grant/Funding (self), Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Bristol-Myers Squibb; Advisory/Consultancy: Kyowa Kirin; Advisory/Consultancy, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Merck Sharp & Dohme; Advisory/Consultancy: Pierre Fabre; Advisory/Consultancy, Travel/Accommodation/Expenses: Roche. Y. Summers: Advisory/Consultancy: Bristol-Myers Squibb. Y. Xu, I. Lowy, P. Rietschel: Shareholder/Stockholder/Stock options, Full/Part-time employment: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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