An Open-label, Multi-center, ph II Platform Study Evaluating the Efficacy and Safety of NIS793 and Other New Investigational Drug Combinations With SOC Anti-cancer Therapy for the 2L Treatment of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (mCRC) (daNIS-3)

  • End date
    Feb 17, 2025
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Updated on 15 September 2022


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the preliminary efficacy and safety of NIS793 and other novel investigational combinations with standard of care (SOC) anti-cancer therapy vs SOC anti-cancer therapy for the second line treatment of mCRC.

This study aims to explore whether different mechanisms of action may reverse resistance and improve responsiveness to the currently considered SOC anti-cancer therapy in the second line metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) setting.


This is an open-label, multi-center, phase II, 2-part platform study with Safety run-in and Expansion parts.

The platform design of this study is adaptive to allow flexibility in the introduction of additional treatment arms with new investigational drugs in combination with SOC anti-cancer therapy for the second line treatment of mCRC.

The study will include a control arm that will enroll participants treated with SOC anti-cancer therapy (bevacizumab with mFOLFOX6 or FOLFIRI) for the second line treatment of mCRC. The choice of the chemotherapy medications (mFOLFOX6 or FOLFIRI) will be determined by the Investigator based on prior exposure to oxaliplatin or irinotecan.

Each investigational arm will include a combination of an investigational drug and the SOC anti-cancer therapy. The first investigational arm of the study will explore the combination of anti-transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) monoclonal antibody, NIS793 with SOC anti-cancer therapy. The second investigational arm of the study will explore the combination of anti-transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) monoclonal antibody, NIS793 with Tislelizumab, which is an anti-PD1 monoclonal antibody, and SOC anti-cancer therapy. Combination of other investigational drugs with SOC anti-cancer therapy may be added by protocol amendments an additional investigational arms.

In each investigational arm, a Safety run-in part will be conducted before opening the expansion part to confirm the recommended phase 2 dose (RP2D) for a combination of any investigational drug with SOC anti-cancer therapy unless the dose has been confirmed externally to this trial.

The decision to open the Expansion part of the study will be based on dose confirmation of investigational drug with available safety, relevant PK and other relevant data from Safety run-in part. Participants in the expansion part will be randomized in 1:2 ratio to the control arm or investigational arm.

Condition Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
Treatment bevacizumab, FOLFIRI, NIS793, tislelizumab, Modified FOLFOX6
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04952753
SponsorNovartis Pharmaceuticals
Last Modified on15 September 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Participants age 18 or older with histologically or cytologically confirmed (by local laboratory and local clinical guidelines) metastatic colorectal adenocarcinoma that is not amenable to potentially curative surgery in the opinion of the investigator and progressed on or within 6 months after the last dose of one prior line of systemic anti-cancer therapy administered for metastatic disease
Presence of at least one measurable lesion assessed by CT and/or MRI according to RECIST 1.1
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance Status 0 or 1
Adequate organ function (assessed by central laboratory for eligibility)

Exclusion Criteria

Previously administered TGF-β targeted therapies or anti-cancer immunotherapy
Microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H)/mismatch repair-deficient (dMMR) and/or BRAFV600 mutation positive colorectal cancer
Known complete or partial dipyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) enzyme deficiency (testing for DPD enzyme deficiency is not mandatory unless required by local regulations and can be conducted at a local laboratory)
For participants treated with irinotecan: Known history or clinical evidence of reduced UGT1A1 activity (testing for UGT1A1 status is not mandatory unless required by local regulations and can be conducted at a local laboratory)
Participants who have not recovered from a major surgery performed prior to start of study treatment or have had a major surgery within 4 weeks prior to start of study treatment
Impaired cardiac function or clinically significant cardio-vascular disease
Participants with conditions that are considered to have a high risk of clinically significant gastrointestinal tract bleeding or any other condition associated with or history of significant bleeding
Stroke or transient ischemic attack, or other ischemic event, or thromboembolic event (e.g., deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism) within 3 months before start of study treatment
Pregnant or breast-feeding women
Women of childbearing potential, unless willing to use highly effective contraception methods during treatment and after stopping study treatments as required
Other inclusion/exclusion criteria may apply
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