A Study Evaluating ABT-199 in Multiple Myeloma Subjects Who Are Receiving Bortezomib and Dexamethasone as Standard Therapy


About this study

The primary objectives of this study are to assess the safety profile, characterize pharmacokinetics (PK) and determine the dosing schedule, maximum tolerated dose (MTD), and the recommended phase two dose (RPTD) of ABT-199 when administered in subjects with relapsed /refactory multiple myeloma who are receiving bortezomib and dexamethasone as their standard therapy.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance score less than or equal to 1
  • Diagnosis of multiple myeloma previously treated with at least 1 prior line of therapy (dose escalation only) or less than 4 separate lines of therapy (Safety Expansion only) including a proteasome inhibitor and an IMiD(r) or immunomodulatory agent (e.g., thalidomide, lenalidomide). Induction therapy and following stem cell transplant are considered a single line of therapy.
  • Measurable disease at Screening: Serum monoclonal protein greater than or equal to 1 g by protein electrophoresis, or greater than or equal to 200 mg monoclonal protein in the urine on 24-hr electrophoresis, or serum immunoglobulin free light chain greater than or equal to 10 mg/dL and abnormal serum immunoglobulin kappa to lambda free light chain ratio.
  • Subject has a history of autologous or allogenic stem cell transplant, have adequate bone marrow independent of any growth factor support, and have recovered from any transplant related toxicity(s); and either greater than 100 days post-autologous transplant (prior to first dose of study drug) or greater than or equal to 6 months post-allogenic transplant (prior to first dose of study drug) and not have active graft-versus-host disease (i.e., requiring treatment).
  • Subject must have adequate coagulation, renal, and hepatic function, per laboratory reference range at Screening.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Exhibits evidence of other clinically significant uncontrolled condition(s), including, but not limited to: uncontrolled systemic infection (viral, bacterial, or fungal), diagnosis of fever and neutropenia within 1 week prior to first dose of study drug
  • Cardiovascular disability status of New York Heart Association Class greater than 2. Class 2 is defined as cardiac disease in which patients are comfortable at rest but ordinary physical activity results in fatigue, palpitations, dyspnea or anginal pain.
  • Significant history of renal, neurologic, psychiatric, endocrinologic, metabolic, immunologic, cardiovascular, pulmonary or hepatic disease, that in the opinion of the investigator, would adversely affect his/her participation in the study.
  • History of other active malignancies other than multiple myeloma within the past 3 years prior to study entry, with the following exceptions: adequately treated in situ carcinoma of the cervix uteri, basal cell carcinoma of the skin or localized squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, previous malignancy confined and surgically resected (or treated with other modalities) with curative intent.
  • Tested positive for HIV or hepatitis.
  • Has received the following within 7 days prior to the first dose of study drug
    • Steroid therapy for anti-neoplastic intent
    • Strong or moderate CYP3A inhibitors
    • Strong or moderate CYP3A inducers
  • Anticancer therapies including chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
    • Localized radiation therapy to a site of pre-existing disease may be permitted while on study. Following approval by the AbbVie TA MD or designee, the subject may initiate or continue with protocol therapy without interruption during the course of palliative radiation therapy if the Investigator believes that the risk of excessive bone marrow suppression or other toxicity is acceptable, and it is in the best interest of the subject to do so. Use of radiotherapy must be recorded on the Case Report Form

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Jacksonville, Fla.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Asher Alban Chanan Khan, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Cancer Center Clinical Trials Referral Office


Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Shaji Kumar, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Cancer Center Clinical Trials Referral Office

(855) 776-0015

More information


  • The antiapoptotic proteins BCL-2 and myeloid cell leukemia sequence 1 (MCL-1) promote multiple myeloma (MM) cell survival. Venetoclax is a selective, orally bioavailable small-molecule BCL-2 inhibitor; bortezomib can indirectly inhibit MCL-1. In preclinical studies, venetoclax enhanced bortezomib activity, suggesting that cotargeting of BCL-2 and MCL-1 could be an effective treatment strategy in myeloma. This phase 1b trial studied patients with relapsed/refractory MM receiving daily venetoclax (50-1200 mg per designated dose cohort; 800 mg in safety expansion) in combination with bortezomib and dexamethasone. A total of 66 patients were enrolled (54 in the dose-escalation cohorts and 12 in the safety expansion). Patients had received a median of 3 prior therapies (range, 1-13); 26 (39%) were refractory to prior bortezomib and 35 (53%) to lenalidomide; 39 (59%) had prior stem cell transplant. The combination was generally well tolerated, and common adverse events included mild gastrointestinal toxicities (diarrhea [46%], constipation [41%], and nausea [38%]) and grade 3/4 cytopenias (thrombocytopenia [29%] and anemia [15%]). The overall response rate (ORR) was 67% (44/66); 42% achieved very good partial response or better (≥VGPR). Median time to progression and duration of response were 9.5 and 9.7 months, respectively. ORR of 97% and ≥VGPR 73% were seen in patients not refractory to bortezomib who had 1 to 3 prior therapies. Patients with high expression had a higher ORR (94% [17/18]) than patients with low expression (59% [16/27]). This novel combination of venetoclax with bortezomib and dexamethasone has an acceptable safety profile and promising efficacy in patients with relapsed/refractory MM. This trial was registered at www.clinicaltrials.gov as #NCT01794507. Read More on PubMed

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