A Study to Evaluate Clazakizumab in Patients with Life-threatening COVID-19 Infection (Enrolling by Invitation Only)


About this study

The primary purpose of this study is to assess the safety of clazakizumab treatment in COVID-19 infected patients with respiratory failure due to hyperinflammation related to cytokine storm.

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:

  • ≥ 18 years of age.
  • Confirmed COVID-19 disease (by Cobas SARS-CoV-2 real time RT-PCR using nasopharyngeal swab sample, or equivalent test available to be performed by Mayo Clinic clinical laboratory). Effort will be made to have the confirmatory test result < 72 hours prior to enrollment however given overall clinical demand this may not be feasible in all cases.
  • Respiratory failure manifesting as: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (defined by a P/F ratio of < 200), OR SpO2 < 90% on 4L (actual or expected given higher O2 requirement) OR increasing O2 requirements over 24 hours, PLUS 2 or more of the following predictors for severe disease:
    • CRP > 35 mg/L;
    • Ferritin > 500 ng/mL;
    • D-dimer > 1 mcg/L;
    • Neutrophil-Lymphocyte Ratio > 4;
    • LDH > 200 U/L;
    • Increase in troponin in patient w/out known cardiac disease.
  • Has a consent designee willing to provide informed consent on behalf of the patient (this assumes that a mechanically ventilated patients lacks capacity to consent on his/her own behalf. Should it be deemed that the patient has capacity to consent, consent may be obtained from the patient.)
  • Women of childbearing potential must be willing and able to use at least one highly effective contraceptive method for a period of 5 months following the study drug administration. In the context of this study, an effective method is defined as those which result in low failure rate (i.e., less than 1% per year) when used consistently and correctly such as:
    • Combined (estrogen and progestogen containing) hormonal contraception combined (estrogen and progestogen containing) hormonal contraception (oral, intravaginal, or transdermal);
    • Progestogen-only hormonal contraception associated with inhibition of ovulation (oral, injectable, implantable);
    • Intrauterine device (IUD);
    • Intrauterine hormone-releasing system (IUS);
    • Vasectomized partner;
    • Bilateral tubal occlusion;
    • True abstinence. when this is in line with the preferred and usual lifestyle of the subject. Periodic abstinence, such as calendar, ovulation, symptothermal, postovulation methods, and withdrawal are not acceptable methods of contraception.
  • Men must be willing to use a double-barrier contraception from enrollment until at 5 months after the last dose of study drug, if not abstinent.
  • A subject, or an appropriate representative to the subject, will have the opportunity to consent with regard to the inclusion criteria above.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • < 18 years of age.
  • Evidence of irreversible injury deemed non-survivable even if the pulmonary failure recovers (for example severe anoxic brain injury).
  • Known active inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Known active, untreated diverticulitis.
  • Known untreated bacteremia.
  • Pregnancy (the protocol will exclude pregnant subjects given the lack of overall data on use of clazakizumab in pregnancy however the study team would consider a protocol revision should more than 3 potential pregnant study subjects be excluded on this basis).
  • Known hypersensitivity to the clazakizumab.
  • Vulnerable subjects will not be excluded. This study is designed to include any patients deemed at risk for imminent death, and the opportunity to enroll will not be withheld provided the subject meets the above inclusion and exclusion criteria.

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

Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Ayan Sen, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Sarah Kirkland R.N.

(480) 342-2479


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