Study of Tisagenlecleucel in Combination With Pembrolizumab in r / r Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma Patients

Status: Active


A multi-center, open-label, phase Ib study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the administration of tisagenlecleucel in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with r / r DLBCL who have received 2 or more lines of systemic therapy, including an anti-CD20 and anthracycline based chemotherapy and having failed to or are not candidates for ASCT. The study will consist of 2 parts: dose timing selection part and expansion part.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

  • Confirmed DLBCL per local histopathology assessment.
  • Relapsed or refractory disease after having recieved 2 or more lines of systemic therapy, including anti-CD20 and anthracycline based chemotherapy, and either having progressed after (or relapsed after) ASCT, or being not candidates for or not consenting to ASCT.
  • Measurable disease at time of enrollment
  • ECOG performance status that is either 0 or 1 at screening.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Patients with Richter's transformation, and Burkitt lymphoma, and primary DLBCL of CNS.
  • Prior treatment with any prior anti-CD19/anti-CD3 therapy, or any other anti-CD19 therapy.
  • Patients with active CNS involvement are excluded, except if the CNS involvement has been effectively treated and provided that local treatment was >4 weeks before enrollment.
  • Prior allogeneic HSCT.
  • Unstable angina and/or myocardial infarction and/or coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), or stroke within 6 months prior to screening, and/or impaired cardiac function or clinically significant cardiac disease
  • Patients with a history of prior treatment with anti-PD-1, anti-PD-L1, anti-PD-L2, anti-CTLA-4 antibodies, other immune checkpoint inhibitors.
  • History of interstitial lung disease or (non-infectious) pneumonitis that required oral or intravenous steroids (other than COPD exacerbation) or current pneumonitis.

Locations & Contacts


Emory University Hospital / Winship Cancer Institute
Status: Active
Name Not Available


University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: Active
Name Not Available


Kansas City
University of Kansas Cancer Center
Status: Active
Name Not Available
University of Kansas Hospital-Westwood Cancer Center
Status: Active
Name Not Available


University of Pennsylvania / Abramson Cancer Center
Status: Active
Name Not Available

Trial Phase & Type

Trial Phase

Phase I

Trial Type


Lead Organization

Lead Organization
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Trial IDs

Primary ID CCTL019J2101
Secondary IDs NCI-2018-01921 ID NCT03630159