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AbbVie Announces Positive Topline Results from Phase 2 Trial Evaluating Elahere for High Folate Receptor-Alpha Expressing Platinum-Sensitive Ovarian Cancer – MedNews

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., June 6, 2024. AbbVie announced today positive topline results from the Phase 2 PICCOLO trial evaluating investigational mirvetuximab soravtansine (ELAHERE) monotherapy in heavily pre-treated patients with folate receptor-alpha (FRα) positive, platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer (PSOC). The study met its primary endpoint with an objective response rate (ORR) of 51.9% (95%CI 40.4 – 63.3%).

In addition, the median duration of response (DOR), a key secondary endpoint, was 8.25 months.

The safety profile of mirvetuximab soravtansine was consistent with findings from previous studies, and no new safety concerns were identified. Full data from the PICCOLO study will be presented at a future medical meeting.

“Significant unmet needs remain for patients with platinum sensitive disease, as each subsequent line of therapy in this setting is associated with decreased efficacy and tolerability, which reinforces the need for treatment alternatives for these patients,” said Angeles Alvarez Secord, M.D., M.H.Sc., from the Duke Cancer Institute. “The PICCOLO data further support the potential of mirvetuximab soravtansine for platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer patients.”


PICCOLO is a single arm Phase 2 trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of mirvetuximab soravtansine monotherapy in patients with FR-alpha high platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer who have received at least two prior lines of platinum containing therapy or have a documented platinum allergy. The primary end point is objective response rate (ORR), and the key secondary endpoint is duration of response (DOR).

The PICCOLO study was designed to statistically rule out an objective response rate of 28% or lower, as excluded by the lower bound of the confidence interval, a response rate which has been observed with non-platinum, single-agent chemotherapy in platinum-sensitive disease. Patients with PSOC with multiple prior lines of platinum-based therapy or who are ineligible for platinum-based therapy, as in the population in PICCOLO, have no established benchmark standard of care, particularly after disease progression on a PARP inhibitor.

Mirvetuximab soravtansine is also being studied in PSOC in the Phase 3 GLORIOSA trial, in combination with bevacizumab versus bevacizumab alone in maintenance after second-line platinum-doublet therapy.

About Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecological cancers in the United States. Each year, approximately 20,000 patients are diagnosed. Most patients present with late-stage disease and will typically undergo surgery followed by platinum-based chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the majority of patients will experience recurrence of their disease and require multiple subsequent lines of therapy, with decreasing efficacy and tolerability. Patients who initially respond to platinum-based chemotherapy and relapse 6 months or longer after the initial treatment were classified as platinum sensitive, while patients who relapse within under 6 months after platinum-based chemotherapy were considered platinum resistant.

Platinum-based chemotherapy remains the most active treatment for earlier lines of ovarian cancer. The benefit of retreatment with platinum is generally less with each subsequent line of therapy. While platinum-based doublets predominate treatment for front- and second-line patients based on results from randomized trials, there is no generally accepted standard of care with a clear efficacy benchmark based on prospective trials in third-line or later patients, particularly those whose cancers have progressed on PARP inhibitors.

About Mirvetuximab Soravtansine

Mirvetuximab soravtansine is a first-in-class ADC comprising a folate receptor alpha-binding antibody, cleavable linker, and the maytansinoid payload DM4, a potent tubulin inhibitor designed to kill the targeted cancer cells.

Mirvetuximab soravtansine approved under the brand name ELAHERE® in the United States has received regulatory approval in adults with folate receptor-alpha (FRα) positive, platinum-resistant epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer, who have received one to three prior systemic treatment regimens. Select patients for therapy based on an FDA-approved test. The Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for ELAHERE in Europe has been accepted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Regulatory submissions for ELAHERE are also under review in multiple other countries. The safety and efficacy of mirvetuximab soravtansine has not been established for platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer.

About AbbVie in Oncology
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