Sabatolimab as a Treatment for Patients With Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Presence of Measurable Residual Disease After Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation.

  • End date
    Nov 3, 2026
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Updated on 21 April 2022
graft versus host disease
cell transplantation
residual tumor
blast cells


The primary purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis that preemptive treatment with sabatolimab, alone or in combination with azacitidine, when administered to participants with AML/secondary AML who are in complete remission with positive measurable residual disease post-allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (MRD+ post-aHSCT), can enhance the graft versus leukemia (GvL) response and prevent or delay hematologic relapse without an unacceptable level of treatment-emergent toxicities, including clinically significant acute and/or chronic graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) and immune-related adverse events


This is a phase Ib/II, open label, multi-center study of sabatolimab as monotherapy and in combination with azacitidine, in participants with AML/secondary AML who have received one aHSCT and achieved complete remission but MRD+, by local assessment, anytime between day 100 and day 365 post-aHSCT and at least 2 weeks after immunosuppressive medications have been tapered off.

The study will enroll approximately 59 participants and will be conducted in two parts:

Part 1 is a Safety Run-in of approximately 20 participants, to assess whether sabatolimab as monotherapy at the two tested dose levels (400 mg and 800 mg intravenously Q4W) is safe when administered in the post-aHSCT setting. For each dose level, once the required number of evaluable participants has been confirmed, enrollment will be halted until participants have completed the DLT observation period (≥ 8 weeks following the first dose). Following the observation period for DLTs, a Safety Review Meeting will be conducted after each dose level to assess safety and determine the recommended dose for expansion to proceed with enrollment of additional cohorts in Part 2 of the study.

Part 2 consists of sabatolimab monotherapy expansion cohort of approximately 13 participants, sabatolimab in combination with azacitidine cohort of approximately 20 participants, and an adolescent cohort of approximately 6 participants (≥ 12 years but < 18 years of age) with sabatolimab as monotherapy. Sabatolimab will be administered at the recommended dose for expansion determined in Part 1.

Condition Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Treatment Azacitidine, Sabatolimab
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04623216
SponsorNovartis Pharmaceuticals
Last Modified on21 April 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Signed informed consent must be obtained prior to participation in the study
At the date of signing the informed consent form (ICF), eligible participants must be ≥ 18 years for the adult cohorts; and ≥ 12 years old but < 18 years old for the adolescent cohort (cohort 5), which will open after completion of Safety Run-in
Diagnosis of AML/secondary AML and received one prior aHSCT performed to control AML
Participants in complete remission (< 5% bone marrow blasts, absence of circulating blasts, and absence of extramedullary disease) with measurable residual disease (MRD) positivity by local assessment, at any time between day 100 and day 365 after allogeneic stem cell transplantation
Ability to provide a fresh bone marrow aspirate sample collected within 28 days from enrollment/randomization, and immediately shipped to a Novartis designated central laboratory for MRD testing
Systemic GvHD (graft versus host disease) prophylaxis or treatment [immunosuppressive treatment (IST)] completely tapered for at least two weeks prior to study entry. Prednisone dose ≤ 5 mg/day or equivalent corticosteroid dose is allowed
Participants who are found with MRD positivity while still on or tapering systemic GvHD prophylaxis or treatment, MRD positivity must be re-confirmed at least 2 week after the last dose of IST
For the adult cohorts, participants must have an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0, 1 or 2
For the adolescent cohort, participants must have a Karnofsky (age ≥ 16 years) or Lansky
(age < 16 years) performance status score ≥ 50%

Exclusion Criteria

Prior exposure to TIM-3 directed therapy at anytime
History of severe hypersensitivity reactions to any ingredient of study drug(s)
(azacitidine, sabatolimab) or monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and/or their excipients
Active acute GvHD grade III-IV according to standard criteria (Harris 2016)
Active Hepatitis B (HBV) or Hepatitis C (HCV) infection. Participants whose disease is
controlled under antiviral therapy should not be excluded
Active moderate chronic GvHD of the lungs according to NIH consensus criteria. Active
severe chronic GvHD according to NIH consensus criteria
History of another primary malignancy that is currently clinically significant or
currently requires active intervention
Other protocol defined inclusion/exclusion criteria may apply
Any concurrent severe and/or active uncontrolled infection requiring parenteral
antibacterial, antiviral or antifungal therapy (such as severe pneumonia, meningitis
or septicemia)
Active autoimmune disease requiring systemic therapy (e.g. corticosteroids). Topical
inhaled, nasal and ophthalmic steroids are not prohibited. Replacement corticosteroids
therapy is allowed and not considered a form of systemic treatment
Live vaccine administered within 30 days prior to the first day of study treatment
(Cycle 1 Day 1)
Other concurrent severe and/or uncontrolled medical conditions (e.g. uncontrolled
diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive or chronic restrictive pulmonary disease
including dyspnoea at rest from any cause) or history of serious organ dysfunction or
disease involving the heart, kidney, or liver
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