GRAVITAS-301: A Study of Itacitinib or Placebo in Combination With Corticosteroids for Treatment of Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease


About this study

The purpose of this study is to evaluate itacitinib or placebo in combination with corticosteroids as first-line treatment of participants with Grade II to IV acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD).

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: 

  • Male or female, 18 years of age or older; outside the European Union, an older limit could apply depending on local regulation (e.g., 20 years and older for Taiwan and Japan).
  • Has undergone 1 allo-HSCT from any donor (related or unrelated with any degree of HLA matching) and any donor source (bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cells, or cord blood) for a hematologic malignancy or disorder. Recipients of myeloablative and reduced-intensity conditioning regimens are eligible.
  • Clinically suspected Grade II to IV aGVHD as per MAGIC criteria, occurring after allo-HSCT and any GVHD prophylaxis regimen. Biopsies should be obtained to pathologically confirm aGVHD; in cases where a biopsy is negative, is unable to be obtained, or is clinically contraindicated, clinical suspicion of aGVHD by the treating physician is sufficient, provided that alternative diagnoses of drug effects or infection are adequately ruled out.
  • Evidence of myeloid engraftment (eg, absolute neutrophil count ≥ 0.5 × 109/L for 3 consecutive assessments if ablative therapy was previously used). Use of growth factor supplementation is allowed.
  • Be willing to avoid pregnancy or fathering children based on 1 of the following criteria:
    • Women of nonchildbearing potential (ie, surgically sterile with a hysterectomy and/or bilateral oophorectomy OR ≥ 12 months of amenorrhea);
    • Woman of childbearing potential who has a negative serum pregnancy test at screening and who agrees to take appropriate precautions to avoid pregnancy (with at least 99% certainty) from screening through safety follow-up. Permitted methods that are at least 99% effective in preventing pregnancy should be communicated to the subject and their understanding confirmed;
    • Man who agrees to take appropriate precautions to avoid fathering children (with at least 99% certainty) from screening through safety follow-up. Permitted methods that are at least 99% effective in preventing pregnancy should be communicated to the subject and their understanding confirmed.
  • Able to give written informed consent and comply with all study visits and procedures.
  • Able to swallow and retain oral medication.

Key Exclusion Criteria:


  • Has received more than 1 allo-HSCT.
  • Has received more than 2 days of systemic corticosteroids for acute-GVHD.
  • Presence of GVHD overlap syndrome.
  • Presence of an active uncontrolled infection. An active uncontrolled infection is defined as hemodynamic instability attributable to sepsis or new symptoms, worsening physical signs, or radiographic findings attributable to infection. Persisting fever without signs or symptoms will not be interpreted as an active uncontrolled infection.
  • Known human immunodeficiency virus infection.
  • Active hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis B virus (HCV) infection that requires treatment, or at risk for HBV reactivation (ie, positive hepatitis B surface antigen [HbsAg]). Subjects with negative HbsAg and positive total HB core antibody may be included if HBV DNA is undetectable at the time of screening. Subjects who are positive for HCV antibody are eligible only if polymerase chain reaction test is negative for HCV RNA. Subjects whose immune status is unknown or uncertain must have results confirming immune status before enrollment. Prior serology results are acceptable for determining eligibility.
  • Subjects with evidence of relapsed primary disease, or subjects who have been treated for relapse after the allo-HSCT was performed.
  • Any corticosteroid therapy for indications other than GVHD at doses > 1 mg/kg per day methylprednisolone (or prednisone equivalent) within 7 days of randomization.
  • Severe organ dysfunction unrelated to underlying GVHD, including:
    • Cholestatic disorders or unresolved veno-occlusive disease of the liver (defined as persistent bilirubin abnormalities not attributable to GVHD and ongoing organ dysfunction);
    • Clinically significant or uncontrolled cardiac disease, including unstable angina, acute myocardial infarction within 6 months of enrollment, New York Heart Association Class III or IV congestive heart failure, circulatory collapse requiring vasopressor or inotropic support, or arrhythmia that requires therapy;
    • Clinically significant respiratory disease that requires mechanical ventilation support or 50% oxygen.
  • Serum creatinine > 2.0 mg/dL or creatinine clearance < 40 mL/min measured or calculated by Cockroft-Gault equation.
  • Currently breast feeding.
  • Receipt of live (including attenuated) vaccines or anticipation of need for such a vaccine during the study.
  • Received Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor therapy after allo-HSCT for any indication. Treatment with a JAK inhibitor before allo-HSCT is permitted.
  • Treatment with any other investigational agent, device, or procedure, within 21 days (or 5 half-lives, whichever is greater) of enrollment. Subjects participating in a GVHD prophylaxis study or conditioning regimen should be discussed with the sponsor's medical monitor before enrollment.
  • Any medical complications or conditions that would, in the investigator's judgment, interfere with full participation in the study, including administration of study drug and attending required study visits; pose a significant risk to the subject; or interfere with interpretation of study data.
  • Known allergies, hypersensitivity, or intolerance to any of the study medications, excipients, or similar compounds.




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

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

William Hogan, M.B., B.Ch.

Closed for enrollment

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