Bempegaldesleukin (NKTR-214)

Bempegaldesleukin (NKTR-214) in combination with OPDIVO® (nivolumab)

Indication: Melanoma

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Partner

Phase 3

Bempegaldesleukin in combination with OPDIVO® (nivolumab)

Indication: Renal Cell Carcinoma

Partner
Partner

Phase 3

Bempegaldesleukin in combination with OPDIVO® (nivolumab)

Indication: Muscle-invasive Bladder Cancer

Partner
Partner

Phase 3

Bempegaldesleukin in combination with OPDIVO® (nivolumab)

Indication: Urothelial Cancer*

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Partner

Phase 2

Bempegaldesleukin in combination with OPDIVO® (nivolumab)

Research Focus: Immuno-oncology

Discovered by Nektar

In clinical collaboration with Collaborator

Phase 2

Bempegaldesleukin in combination with VB10.NEO

Indication: Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck

In clinical collaboration with Collaborator

Phase 1/2A

Bempegaldesleukin in combination with avelumab

Indication: Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck

In clinical collaboration with Collaborator

Phase 1b

Bempegaldesleukin in combination with avelumab and talazaparib or enzalutamide

Indication: Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer

In clinical collaboration with Collaborator

Phase 1b

Bempegaldesleukin in combination with KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab)

Indication: Select Advanced or Metastatic Solid Tumors

Discovered and wholly owned by Nektar

Unpartnered

Phase 1

Bempegaldesleukin in combination with NKTR-262

Research Focus: Immuno-oncology

Discovered and wholly owned by Nektar

Unpartnered

Phase 1

About Bempegaldesleukin (NKTR-214), Nektar's Lead Immuno-oncology Candidate

Bempegaldesleukin is a CD122-preferential IL-2 pathway agonist designed to stimulate the patient's own immune system to fight cancer. Bempegaldesleukin is designed to grow specific cancer-killing T cells and natural killer (NK) cell populations in the body which fight cancer, which are known as endogenous tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs). Bempegaldesleukin stimulates these cancer-killing immune cells in the body by targeting CD122 specific receptors found on the surface of these immune cells, known as CD8+ effector T cells and NK cells. CD122, which is also known as the Interleukin-2 receptor beta subunit, is a key signaling receptor that is known to increase proliferation of these effector T cells.1 In clinical and preclinical studies, treatment with bempegaldesleukin resulted in expansion of these cells and mobilization into the tumor micro-environment.2,3 Bempegaldesleukin has an antibody-like dosing regimen similar to the existing checkpoint inhibitor class of approved medicines.

A Phase 1 study evaluating bempegaldesleukin as a single agent in patients with locally recurrent or metastatic solid tumors including melanoma, renal cell carcinoma (RCC), bladder, colorectal (CRC) and other solid tumors is complete. Results from this First-in-Human trial were published in Cancer Discovery and showed encouraging evidence of anti-tumor activity, and a favorable safety and tolerability profile. (Cancer Discov 2019;9:1–11)

In February 2018, Nektar and Bristol-Myers Squibb entered into a global development and commercialization agreement to evaluate the full potential of bempegaldesleukin plus Opdivo® (nivolumab) The agreement includes 7 indications in 4 tumor types including melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, non-small cell lung cancer and bladder cancer.

In November 2018, Nektar announced a clinical collaboration with Pfizer to evaluate bempegaldesleukin in combination with avelumab and talazoparib or enzalutamide in multiple cancer settings including metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) and squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN).

Additional development plans for bempegaldesleukin include combination studies with additional checkpoint inhibitors, cell therapies and vaccines.

 

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About the Phase 3, Randomized, Open-label Study of Bempegaldesleukin Combined With Nivolumab Versus Nivolumab in Participants With Previously Untreated Unresectable or Metastatic Melanoma

The Phase 3 study will test the effectiveness (how well the drug works), safety, and tolerability of bempegaldesleukin, when combined with nivolumab versus nivolumab given alone in participants with previously untreated melanoma skin cancer that is either unable to be surgically removed or has spread. For more information, please visit clinicaltrials.gov and search NCT03635983.

 

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About the Phase 3, Randomized, Open-label Study to Compare Bempegaldesleukin Combined With Nivolumab to the Investigator's Choice of Sunitinib or Cabozantinib in Patients With Previously Untreated Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

The Phase 3 study will compare the overall response rate (ORR) and overall survival (OS) of bempegaldesleukin combined with nivolumab to that of tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) monotherapy (sunitinib or cabozantinib) in IMDC intermediate- or poor-risk patients with previously untreated advanced RCC. For more information, please visit clinicaltrials.gov and search NCT03729245.

 

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A Phase 3, Randomized, Study of Neoadjuvant and Adjuvant Nivolumab Plus NKTR-214, Versus Nivolumab Alone Versus Standard of Care in Participants With Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer (MIBC) Who Are Cisplatin Ineligible

The purpose of this Phase 3 study is to see if treatment with bempegaldesleukin (BEMPEG: NKTR-214) in combination with nivolumab (NIVO) or NIVO alone, before and after surgery to remove the bladder, is more effective than surgery alone in participants with muscle-invasive bladder cancer who are not able to receive cisplatin chemotherapy.  The co-primary endpoints will be pathologic complete response (pCR) rate and event-free survival (EFS) of BEMPEG plus NIVO versus surgery alone. Secondary outcome measures include pCR and EFS of monotherapy NIVO versus surgery, overall survival and incidence of adverse events. For more information, please visit clinicaltrials.gov and search NCT04209114.

 

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About PIVOT-10, a Phase 2, Single-Arm Study of Bempegaldesleukin in Combination With Nivolumab in Cisplatin Ineligible, Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Cancer Patients

The Phase 2 study will evaluate the anti-tumor activity of bempegaldesleukin in combination with nivolumab by assessing the objective response rate (ORR) in approximately 205 cisplatin-ineligible, locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer patients (mUC). The primary endpoint will be ORR by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) 1.1 per Blinded Independent Central Review (BICR) in patients whose tumors have low programmed cell death ligand (PD-L1) expression. Secondary outcome measures include ORR by RECIST 1.1 per BICR in all treated patients, Duration of Response (DOR) by RECIST 1.1 per BICR in all treated patients and patients whose tumors have low PD-L1 expression, ORR and DOR by RECIST 1.1 per Investigator assessment in all treated patients and in patients whose tumors have low PD-L1 expression and incidence of treatment-related Adverse Events (AEs). For more information, please visit clinicaltrials.gov and search NCT03785925.

 

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About the PIVOT Phase 1/2 Program: Bempegaldesleukin in combination with OPDIVO® (nivolumab)

The PIVOT Phase 1/2 program is a dose escalation and expansion study of bempegaldesleukin when administered in combination with nivolumab in patients with melanoma, RCC, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), mUC, or triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). The dose escalation stage of the study enrolled 38 patients and evaluated the safety and efficacy profile of the combination and the recommended phase 2 dose was established. The expansion stage of the PIVOT program is underway to evaluate the safety and efficacy of combining bempegaldesleukin with nivolumab in approximately 330 patients who are either immuno-oncology (I-O) therapy naïve or anti-PD-1 or anti-PD-L1 relapsed/refractory. The expansion cohorts in the PIVOT program include five tumor types and thirteen indications, including first and second-line melanoma, first and second-line RCC, first and second-line NSCLC, first and third-line mUC, and first and second-line TNBC. For more information, please visit clinicaltrials.gov and search NCT02983045.

 

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About the PROPEL Phase 1/2 Program: Bempegaldesleukin in combination with KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab)

The PROPEL study will evaluate the clinical benefit, safety and tolerability of combining bempegaldesleukin (BEMPEG) with pembrolizumab in approximately 100 patients and is comprised of two groups: dose optimization and dose expansion cohorts. The dose optimization cohort will evaluate BEMPEG in combination with pembrolizumab in approximately 40 patients with first-line and second-line melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), urothelial carcinoma, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The dose expansion cohort will evaluate BEMPEG in combination with pembrolizumab in approximately 58 patients with first-line NSCLC. For more information, please visit clinicaltrials.gov and search NCT03138889.

 

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About the REVEAL Phase 1/2 Program: Bempegaldesleukin in combination with NKTR-262

REVEAL is a Nektar-sponsored, open-label, multicenter, dose escalation and dose expansion study of NKTR-262 administered as intra-tumoral injections in combination with bempegaldesleukin administered as an IV infusion systemically (doublet). The study also may evaluate the doublet combination with nivolumab (triplet). During the dose escalation phases, recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D) regimens of the doublet and/or triplet combinations will be established. Following dose escalation, the dose expansion phase will evaluate the doublet and/or triplet combinations in up to 350 patients who have been diagnosed with a range of locally advanced or metastatic cancers including: melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, TNBC, RCC, CRC, SCCHN, or sarcoma. For more information, please visit clinicaltrials.gov and search NCT03435640.

About the JAVELIN IL-2 Medley Phase 1b/2 Study to Evaluate Safety and Clinical Activity of Avelumab in Combination With Bempegaldesleukin (NKTR-214) With or Without Talazoparib or Enzalutamide in Participants With Locally Advanced or Metastatic Solid Tumors

This Phase 1b/2 study sponsored by Pfizer (in collaboration with Nektar, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and Astellas Pharma) will evaluate the combination of avelumab and bempegaldesleukin in locally advanced or metastatic SCCHN and avelumab and bempegaldesleukin with talazoparib or enzalutamide in patients with mCRPC. The Phase 1b stage of the study will evaluate safety and tolerability of the combinations and establish the recommended Phase 2 dose. The Phase 2 stage of the study will evaluate the safety and anti-tumor activity across combinations of therapy. For more information, please visit clinicaltrials.gov and search NCT04052204.

About the DIRECT-01 Phase 1/2a Study to Evaluate Safety and Efficacy of Multiple Dosing With VB10.NEO and Bempegaldesleukin (NKTR-214) Immunotherapy in Patients With Locally Advanced or Metastatic Cancer

This Phase 1/2a study sponsored by Vaccibody (in collaboration with Nektar) will evaluate the safety, tolerability and efficacy of the combination of VB10.NEO and bempegaldesleukin in patients with advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). For more information, please visit clinicaltrials.gov and search NCT03548467.

 

*Planned registrational study

References

1.     Boyman, J., et al., Nature Reviews Immunology, 2012, 12, 180-190.

2.     Charych, D., et al., Clin Can Res; 22(3) February 1, 2016

3.     Diab, A., et al., Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2016, 4(Suppl 1):P369

2020 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium

Nature Communications – January 31, 2020

Kidney Cancer Journal

ESMO Immuno-Oncology Congress 2019

2019 Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Annual Meeting

Fifth CRI-CIMT-EATI-AACR International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference

2019 ASCO Annual Meeting

Cancer Discovery

AACR 2019

2019 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium

2019 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO-GU)

SITC 2018

2018 ESMO Congress

2018 American Conference on Pharmacometrics (ACoP), San Diego, CA

SMI Immuno-Oncology Conference, London, UK

2018 ASCO Annual Meeting

2018 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting