Phase Ib/II of TG4001 and Avelumab in HPV16 Positive R/M Cancers


About this study

The study will consist of two parts. The purpose of Phase Ib is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of the combination of TG4001 plus avelumab in patients with recurrent or metastatic HPV-16 positive advanced malignancies. The purpose of Phase II part 1 is to evaluate the effectiveness of TG4001 combined to avelumab in terms of Overall Response Rate (ORR) by using RECIST 1.1 in patients with recurrent or metastatic (R/M) HPV-16 positive advanced malignancies including oropharyngeal SCCHN. The purpose of Phase II part 2 is to compare the Progression-Free Survival (PFS) of TG4001 in combination with avelumab vs avelumab alone in patients with recurrent or metastatic (R/M) HPV-16 positive advanced malignancies and without liver metastases at baseline. PFS will be evaluated based on RECIST 1.1. 

In the phase Ib: safety will be assessed in consecutive cohorts of 3 to 6 patients at increasing doses of TG4001 in combination with avelumab according to a 3+3 design. There will be no intra-patient dose escalation. In the phase II part 1, evaluation of efficacy and further evaluation of safety of the combination of TG4001 and avelumab will be performed in a single arm of patients with recurrent or metastatic HPV-16 positive advanced malignancies. In the phase II part 2, evaluation of effectiveness of the combination of TG4001 and avelumab will be performed in a randomized, open-label controlled study comparing TG4001 in combination with avelumab to avelumab alone in patients with HPV-16 positive advanced malignancies. In both phases, tumor response will be evaluated on local assessment using RECIST 1.1. All patients will be followed up until disease progression, death, or unacceptable toxicity, or study withdrawal for any reason, whichever occurs first. 

Mayo Clinic will only be participating in the Phase II part 2 portion of the study.

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:

  • Female or male patients, aged at least 18 years (no upper limit of age).
  • ECOG PS 0 or 1.
  • Life expectancy of at least 3 months.
  • Patients with histologically or cytologically documented metastatic or refractory/recurrent HPV-16 + cancer: cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile and anal.
  • Disease MUST not be amenable to curative surgery resection or curative radiotherapy with documented disease progression.
  • No more than one prior systemic treatment for recurrent /metastatic disease.
  • Prior treatment for recurrent or metastatic disease is not required for:
    • Patients with recurrence/progression within 6 months after completion of prior multimodal therapy for localized or locally advanced disease;
    • Patients who are unsuitable for platinum-based therapy;
    • Patients who refuse chemotherapy or other standard therapies for the treatment of metastatic or recurrent disease.
  • Limited hepatic disease for patients with liver metastases at baseline.
  • Availability of tumor tissue from biopsy.
  • At least one measurable lesion by CT scan according to RECIST 1.1.
  • Adequate hematological, hepatic and renal function.
  • Negative blood pregnancy test at screening for women of childbearing potential.
  • Highly effective contraception for both male and female patients if the risk of conception exists during the study period and for 3 months after the last study treatment administration.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior exposure to cancer immunotherapy including cancer vaccines, any antibody/drug targeting T cell co-regulatory proteins (immune checkpoints).
  • Patients under chronic treatment with systemic corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive drugs for a period of at least 4 weeks and whose treatment was not stopped 2 weeks prior to the first study treatment, with the exception of patients with adrenal insufficiency who may continue corticosteroids at physiological replacement dose, equivalent to ≤ 10 mg prednisone daily. Steroids with no or minimal systemic effect (topical, inhalation) are allowed.
  • Patients with CNS metastases except those with brain metastases treated locally and clinically stable during 4 weeks prior to start of study treatment, and those without ongoing neurological symptoms that are related to the brain localization of the disease.
  • Other active malignancy requiring concurrent systemic intervention.
  • Patients with previous malignancies other than the target malignancy to be investigated in this trial (except non-melanoma skin cancers, and the following in situ cancers: bladder, gastric, colon, endometrial, cervical/dysplasia, melanoma, or breast) are excluded unless a complete remission was achieved at least 2 years prior to study entry AND no additional therapy is required during the study period.
  • Patient with any organ transplantation, including allogeneic stem cell transplantation.
  • Known severe hypersensitivity reactions to monoclonal antibodies (Grade ≥ 3 NCI-CTC), any history of anaphylaxis, or uncontrolled asthma.
  • Any known allergy or reaction to eggs, gentamycin or attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biological composition to therapeutic vaccines/immunotherapeutic products.
  • Any known allergy or reaction to any component of anti-PD-L1/PD-1 or its excipients.
  • Patients with history of interstitial lung disease.
  • Patients with active, known, or suspected auto-immune disease or immunodeficiency, except type I diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism only requiring hormone replacement or skin disorders (such as vitiligo, psoriasis) not requiring systemic treatment.
  • Clinically significant (that is, active) cardiovascular disease: cerebral vascular accident/stroke or myocardial infarction (< 6 months prior to enrollment), unstable angina pectoris, congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association Classification Class ≥ II), or serious uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmia requiring medication/active intervention.
  • History of uncontrolled intercurrent illness including but not limited to:
    • Hypertension uncontrolled by standard therapies (not stabilized to 150/90 mmHg or lower);
    • Uncontrolled diabetes (e.g., hemoglobin A1c ≥ 8%).

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

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Matthew Block, M.D., Ph.D.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Cancer Center Clinical Trials Referral Office


Jacksonville, Fla.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Gerardo Colon-Otero, M.D.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Cancer Center Clinical Trials Referral Office


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