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CD40 Agonistic Antibody APX005M in Combination With Nivolumab

Trial Status: Active

This study is a Phase 1-2 open-label dose escalation study of the immuno-activating monoclonal antibody APX005M administered in combination with nivolumab to adult subjects with non-small cell lung cancer or metastatic melanoma. The Phase 1 portion is intended to establish the maximum tolerated dose and the recommended phase 2 dose of APX005M when administered in combination with nivolumab. The Phase 2 portion of the study will evaluate safety and efficacy of the combination.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed, immunotherapy naïve or PD-1/PD-L1 pre-treated, metastatic or locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer not amenable to curative treatment. Subjects may be treatment naive or could have received one prior platinum based chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer and subjects with a documented activating mutation (e.g., EGFR, ALK, ROS) must also have received the appropriate therapy and progressed
  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed unresectable or metastatic melanoma that had confirmed progressive disease during treatment with anti-PD-1/PD-L1 therapy. Subjects with BRAF activating mutation could have also received a BRAF inhibitor and/or MEK inhibitor regimen prior to anti-PD-1/PD-L1 therapy.
  • Measurable disease by RECIST 1.1
  • ECOG performance status of 0 or 1
  • Adequate bone marrow, liver and kidney function
  • Negative pregnancy test for women of child bearing potential
  • Agreement to use effective methods of contraception per the protocol requirements

Exclusion Criteria

  • Previous exposure to any immunomodulatory agents (e.g., anti- CD40, anti-PD-1/PD-L1, anti-CTLA-4, IDO inhibitors) except PD-1/PD-L1 targeting agents in the subsets of patients that must have previous treatment with anti-PD-1/PD-L1 therapy
  • Second malignancy (solid or hematologic) within the past 3 years except locally curable cancers that have been apparently cured
  • Active, known, clinically serious infections within the 14 days prior to first dose of investigational product
  • Use of systemic corticosteroids or other systemic immunosuppressive drugs
  • Active, known or suspected autoimmune disease
  • History of (non-infectious) pneumonitis that required corticosteroids or current pneumonitis
  • History of interstitial lung disease
  • History of life-threatening toxicity related to prior anti-PD-1/PD-L1 treatment for subjects with metastatic melanoma or NSCLC.


Banner University Medical Center - Tucson
Status: ACTIVE


City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center


New Haven
Yale University
Status: ACTIVE


University of Maryland / Greenebaum Cancer Center
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Maha Khalil
Phone: 410-328-5009


Wayne State University / Karmanos Cancer Institute


University of Nebraska Medical Center
Status: ACTIVE


Case Comprehensive Cancer Center


Fox Chase Cancer Center
Status: ACTIVE
University of Pennsylvania / Abramson Cancer Center
Status: ACTIVE

APX005M-002 is an open-label Phase 1-2 study and comprises a dose-escalation portion (Phase 1) followed by a Phase 2 tumor specific portion. Eligible subjects with non-small cell lung cancer or metastatic melanoma will receive intravenous APX005M in combination with nivolumab until disease progression, unacceptable toxicity or death, whichever occurs first. Study objectives include: - Determine the maximum tolerated dose and the recommended phase 2 dose of APX005M when given in combination with nivolumab - Evaluate safety of the APX005M and nivolumab combination - Evaluate the objective response rate, duration of response and median PFS by RECIST 1.1 in subjects with non-small cell lung cancer or metastatic melanoma receiving APX005M in combination with nivolumab - Determine the PK of APX005M

Trial Phase Phase I/II

Trial Type Treatment

Lead Organization
Apexigen, Inc.

  • Primary ID APX005M-002
  • Secondary IDs NCI-2017-01165
  • ID NCT03123783