Ph 3 trial of Cabozantinib+Atezolizumab in previously treated metastatic RCC initiated

CONTACT-03 is a global, multicenter, randomized, phase 3, open-label study that aims to enroll approximately 500 patients. Patients will be randomized 1:1 to the experimental arm of cabozantinib in combination with atezolizumab or the control arm of cabozantinib alone. The co-primary endpoints of the trial are progression-free survival per Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) v. 1.1 as assessed by independent review and overall survival. Secondary endpoints include progression-free survival, objective response rate and duration of response as assessed by the investigators. The CONTACT-03 trial is sponsored by Roche and co-funded by Exelixis. 

“The treatment landscape for metastatic kidney cancer is rapidly evolving as the use of immune checkpoint inhibitor-based regimens move to earlier lines of therapy,” said Gisela Schwab, M.D., President, Product Development and Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Exelixis. “More data are needed to better understand the sequential use of treatments for this patient community, and we look forward to learning more about the potential role of the combination of cabozantinib and atezolizumab following checkpoint inhibitor therapy in this pivotal trial with our partner Roche.”

In the U.S., CABOMETYX (cabozantinib) tablets are approved for the treatment of patients with advanced RCC and for the treatment of patients with HCC who have been previously treated with sorafenib. CABOMETYX tablets have also received regulatory approvals in the European Union and additional countries and regions worldwide.

CABOMETYX in combination with atezolizumab is not indicated for metastatic renal cell carcinoma, yet. 

Exelixis initiates ph 3 pivotal trial of Cabozantinib+Atezolizumab in metastatic CRPC

CONTACT-02 is a global, multicenter, randomized, phase 3, open-label study that plans to enroll approximately 580 patients at 250 sites. Patients will be randomized 1:1 to the experimental arm of cabozantinib in combination with atezolizumab and the control arm of a second novel hormonal therapy (either abiraterone and prednisone or enzalutamide). The co-primary endpoints of the trial are progression-free survival and overall survival. Additional endpoints include objective response rate, prostate-specific antigen response rate and duration of response. The trial is sponsored by Exelixis and co-funded by Roche, Ipsen and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. 

CONTACT-02 is part of a clinical trial collaboration between Exelixis and Roche that includes two additional phase 3 pivotal trials – CONTACT-01 in patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have been previously treated with an immune checkpoint inhibitor and platinum-containing chemotherapy, which was initiated in June, and the planned CONTACT-03 trial in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who previously received an immune checkpoint inhibitor.

The design of CONTACT-02 was informed by results from the ongoing COSMIC-021 trial — a phase 1b study of cabozantinib and atezolizumab in multiple advanced solid tumors including NSCLC, CRPC and RCC.