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Titles & IDs
Public title
Nivolumab and Ipilimumab +/- UV1 Vaccination as Second Line Treatment in Patients With Malignant Mesothelioma
Scientific title
Nivolumab and Ipilimumab +/- UV1 Vaccination as Second Line Treatment in Patients With Malignant Mesothelioma (the NIPU-study)
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CA209-7H4 NIPU
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Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Cancer 0 0
Cancer, Lung 0 0
Cancer of Lung 0 0
Mesothelioma 0 0
Mesothelioma; Lung 0 0
Mesothelioma; Pleura 0 0
Mesotheliomas Pleural 0 0
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Condition code
Cancer 0 0 0 0
Lung - Mesothelioma
Cancer 0 0 0 0
Lung - Non small cell
Cancer 0 0 0 0
Lung - Small cell

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Other interventions - UV1 vaccine + leukine
Other interventions - ipilimumab
Other interventions - nivolumab

Experimental: Arm A - Ipilimumab and nivolumab + UV1

Active Comparator: Arm B - Ipilimumab and nivolumab

Other interventions: UV1 vaccine + leukine
The mode of action of UV1 is to activate the immune system to induce T cells directed against telomerase (hTERT). UV1 vaccination amplifies the pool of hTERT specific tumor-reactive T cells from the naive repertoire and has the potential to increase the breadth and diversity of the tumor-reactive T cell response (epitope spreading). Vaccination with UV1 can thus provide the basis for increased efficacy of checkpoint inhibition therapy, by augmenting the pool of tumor specific T cells in patients with limited or insufficient numbers of T cell clones spontaneously primed by tumor antigens. Reciprocally, the efficacy of UV1 vaccination may be enhanced in combination with checkpoint inhibitors, since the clonal expansion and effector activity of UV1 induced T cells will otherwise be restricted by intrinsic immune regulatory and tumor induced suppressor mechanisms.

Other interventions: ipilimumab
The responses to ipilimumab and nivolumab combination therapy seen in MPM is encouraging.

Other interventions: nivolumab
The responses to ipilimumab and nivolumab combination therapy seen in MPM is encouraging.

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Other interventions
Comparator / control treatment
Control group

Primary outcome [1] 0 0
Evaluation of efficacy of ipilimumab and nivolumab With or without UV1 vaccine in patients With inoperable malignant pleural mesothelioma progressing after first-line platinum-based chemotherapy.
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Monitoring for change in imaging evalated tumor lesions indicating progression throughout the trial until 5 years of follow-up has past.
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Response evaluation
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Throughout the trial. Radiological assessments every 6th week during the first year, every 12th week for the next 5 years.
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Evaluation of patient reported outcomes (PRO)
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every other week for the first 12 weeks, every 6th week thereafter
Secondary outcome [3] 0 0
Evaluation of Adverse Events and discontinuation rate of patients
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Continuously, and until 90 days after discontinuation of study treatment.

Key inclusion criteria
- Histologically and/or cytologically confirmed malignant pleural mesothelioma.

- Unresectable disease

- Measurable disease, defined as at least 1 lesion (measurable) that can be accurately
assessed at baseline by computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
and is suitable for repeated assessment (modified RECIST).

- Available unstained archived tumor tissue sample in sufficient quantity to allow for
analyses. At least fifteen unstained slides or a tumor block (preferred). NOTE: A fine
needle aspiration sample is not sufficient to make the patient eligible for
enrollment. Given the complexity of mesothelioma pathological diagnosis , it is
expected that they will have a core needle biopsy or surgical tumor biopsy as part of
their initial diagnostic work up.

- Age = 18 years.

- Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 - 1.

- Willing to provide archived tumor tissue and blood samples for research.

- Adequate organ function as defined below

1. Haemoglobin = 9.0 g/dL

2. Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) 1.5 (or 1.0) x (> 1500 per mm3)

3. Platelet count =100 (or 75) x 109/L (>75,000 per mm3)

4. Serum bilirubin =1.5 x institutional upper limit of normal (ULN).

5. AST (SGOT)/ALT (SGPT) =2.5 x institutional upper limit of normal unless liver
metastases are present, in which case it must be =5x ULN

6. Measured creatinine clearance (CL)

1. >40 mL/min

2. Calculated creatinine CL>40 mL/min (Cockcroft-Gault formula)

3. 24-hour urinecollection for determination of CL

- Males: Creatinine CL (mL/min) =Weight (kg) x (140 - Age) 72 x serum creatinine (mg/dL)

- Females:Creatinine CL (mL/min)=Weight (kg) x (140 - Age)x0.85 72 x serum creatinine

- Previously treated with at least one line of platinum -pemetrexed
Minimum age
18 Years
Maximum age
No limit
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
- Disease suitable for curative surgery

- Previous treatment with a PD-1 or PD-L1 inhibitor, including nivolumab or any other
agent targeting immune checkpoints.

- Non-pleural mesothelioma e.g. mesothelioma arising in peritoneum, tunica vaginalis or
any serosal surface other than the pleura.

- Active second malignancy other than non-melanoma skin cancer or cervical carcinoma in

- Symptomatic or uncontrolled brain metastases requiring concurrent treatment, inclusive
of but not limited to surgery, radiation and/or corticosteroids (prednisone >10 mg or
equivalent). Surgery, radiation and/or corticosteroids (any dose >10 mg prednisone
equivalent) must have been completed = 2 weeks prior to registration.

- Uncontrolled seizures.

- Current or prior use of immunosuppressive medication within 28 days before the first
dose of nivolumab, with the exceptions of intranasal and inhaled corticosteroids or
systemic corticosteroids at physiological doses, which are not to exceed 10 mg/day of
prednisone, or an equivalent corticosteroid. Standard steroid premedication given
prior to chemotherapy or as prophylaxis for imaging contrast allergy should not be
counted for this criterion.

- Active or prior documented autoimmune or inflammatory disorders (including
inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis with the exception of diverticulosis,
celiac disease, irritable bowel disease; Wegner syndrome) within the past 2 years.
Subjects with vitiligo, alopecia, Grave's disease, or psoriasis not requiring systemic
treatment (within the past 3 years) are not excluded.

- History of primary immunodeficiency.

- History of allogeneic organ transplant.

- Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or active
infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, uncontrolled hypertension, unstable
angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, active peptic ulcer disease or gastritis, active
bleeding diatheses including any subject known to have psychiatric illness/social
situations that would limit compliance with study requirements or compromise the
ability of the subject to give written informed consent.

- Active infection including tuberculosis (clinical evaluation including: physical
examination findings, radiographic findings, positive PPD test, etc.), hepatitis B
(known positive HBV surface antigen [HBsAg] result), hepatitis C, or human
immunodeficiency virus (positive HIV 1/2 antibodies as defined by a positive ELISA
test). Patients with a past or resolved HBV infection (defined as the presence of
hepatitis B core antibody [anti-HBc] and absence of HBsAg) are eligible. Patients
positive for hepatitis C (HCV) antibody are eligible only if polymerase chain reaction
is negative for HCV RNA. HIV testing is not required in the absence of clinical

- Known history of leptomeningeal carcinomatosis.

- Pregnant or lactating women

- Live attenuated vaccination within 30 days prior to study entry or within 30 days of
receiving nivolumab.

- Any condition that, in the opinion of the investigator, would interfere with the
evaluation of study treatment or interpretation of patient safety or study results.

- History of allergy or hypersensitivity to any of the active substances or excipients
in the study drug.

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Masking / blinding
Open (masking not used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?

Intervention assignment
Other design features
Phase 2
Type of endpoint/s
Statistical methods / analysis

Recruitment status
Active, not recruiting
Data analysis
Reason for early stopping/withdrawal
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Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
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Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
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University of Western Australia - Perth
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- Perth
Recruitment outside Australia
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Funding & Sponsors
Primary sponsor type
Åslaug Helland
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Oslo University Hospital
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Ultimovacs ASA
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Bristol-Myers Squibb
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Ethics approval
Ethics application status

Brief summary
The objective of the study is to induce a meaningful progression-free survival benefit in
patients with Malign Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM) after progression on first line standard
platinum doublet chemotherapy, by treating with nivolumab and ipilimumab with or without UV1
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Principal investigator
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Åslaug Helland, Prof, MD
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Oslo University Hospital
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