Clarity's theranostic prostate cancer trial progresses at the highest dose level cohort

30 November 2023 | Thursday | News

Clarity Pharmaceuticals (ASX: CU6) ("Clarity"), a clinical stage radiopharmaceutical company with a mission to develop next-generation products that improve treatment outcomes for children and adults with cancer, is pleased to announce the successful completion of the first stage of cohort 3 of the Phase I/IIa theranostic trial, SECuRE, evaluating 64Cu/67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA in patients with mCRPC where 3 participants have been treated at the highest dose level of 12GBq of 67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA. No adverse events were reported in relation to 64Cu-SAR-bisPSMA. Only 1 adverse event was reported and related to the 12GBq cycle of 67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA in 1 of the 3 participants, which was a grade 1 decrease in neutrophil count, and the patient has fully recovered.
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  • Cohort 3 of the theranostic SECuRE trial investigating 64Cu/67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA in metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) has enrolled and treated 3 participants who received therapy with 67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA at the highest dose level of 12GBq.­
  • No dose limiting toxicities (DLTs) have been reported to date. Only one participant had one adverse event of Grade 1 reduction in neutrophil count and the participant fully recovered. 
  • The Safety Review Committee (SRC) has recommended that the trial continues with the additional 3 participants as planned in cohort 3.
  • All 3 participants had been heavily pre-treated and failed a number of commercial and investigational therapies prior to treatment in the trial. Despite this, 2 of the 3 participants so far have shown a reduction in Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels within weeks after a single cycle of 12GBq 67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA.
  • Recruitment has opened at clinical sites in the US for the additional 3 participants in cohort 3 for a single cycle of 12GBq of 67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA.

No ongoing adverse events and no DLTs have been reported and the SRC has recommended the trial progresses with the 3 additional participants as planned in cohort 3.


The SECuRE trial (NCT04868604)1 is a Phase I/IIa theranostic trial for identification and treatment of Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen (PSMA) expressing mCRPC using 64Cu/67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA. 64Cu-SAR-bisPSMA is used to visualise PSMA expressing lesions and select candidates for subsequent 67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA therapy. The trial is a multi-centre, single arm, dose escalation trial with a cohort expansion involving up to 44 patients in the US. The aim of the trial is to determine the safety and efficacy of 67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA for the treatment of prostate cancer.

Cohort 3 of the trial has a 3+3 study design with the intent to gather and analyse data from the first 3 participants before progressing with an additional 3 participants. The initial data is very encouraging with no DLTs observed at the highest dose of 67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA (12GBq) and the SRC, responsible for assessing safety of participants and overseeing the general progress of the trial, has assessed the data and recommended the trial continues.

Cohort 3 is the last to assess single doses of 67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA and will be followed by a multi-dose cohort, pending safety evaluation. The initial 3 participants in cohort 3 were heavily pre-treated prior to entering the trial, having received multiple lines of therapy including other investigational products, radioligand therapy and chemotherapy. They continue to be monitored by their physicians for safety and treatment response as per the trial protocol. All 3 participants in cohort 3 remain on the trial following their recent administration of 12GBq of 67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA, with 2 demonstrating a PSA reduction within weeks of dosing, one of which is greater than 90% reduction and the second approximately 40% reduction to date.

Clarity's Executive Chairperson, Dr Alan Taylor, commented, "We are excited by the PSA declines seen in almost all patients to date in cohorts 2 and 3 from just a single cycle. This result is also seen in patients that have been heavily pre-treated and have failed many other therapies that are either commercial or investigational. Moreover, the safety profile is very favorable and there have been no DLTs reported to date.

"SAR-bisPSMA was designed to be a best-in-class PSMA product as, unlike all other PSMA products in the market, it has dual targeting. The product was optimised to address the challenges of low uptake and retention in lesions that the first generation of PSMA products suffer from, and in both pre-clinical and clinical development to date we have observed two to three times the uptake of SAR-bisPSMA in lesions, followed by retention in lesions out to at least 96 hours. So far, the higher uptake and retention of product, coupled with the advantageous properties of copper-67, has shown quite impressive responses measured by PSA reductions in patients from single cycles of product to date.

"A number of patients from the SECuRE trial have either received, or will soon receive, additional doses of 67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA under the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Expanded Access Program (EAP). This demonstrates the initial clinical benefit observed in such patients after the administration of a single cycle of the product during the trial.

"As we have seen PSA reductions in the majority of patients after a single cycle of 67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA across all dose levels, which is known to be an independent prognostic indicator of improved overall survival following radio-ligand therapy2,3, we hope to achieve long-term and durable responses once we progress to the multi-dose cohorts of the trial. Furthermore, with commercial quantities of the 67Cu radioisotope now being routinely produced domestically in the US, we see a clear path to commercialisation as we can resolve the supply and manufacturing issues which have plagued the commercial launch of first-generation products. We look forward to sharing more data along with any further updates from patients who may receive single or multiple cycles of 67Cu-SAR-bisPSMA in our programs and bringing this product to the greater prostate cancer patient population," said Dr Taylor.

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