• A phase 1b open label multicentre study of AZD4547 in patients with advanced squamous cell lung cancers.

      Paik, P; Shen, R; Berger, M; Ferry, D; Soria, J; Mathewson, A; Rooney, C; Smith, N; Cullberg, M; Kilgour, Elaine; et al. (2017-06-14)
      Squamous cell lung cancers (SQCLC) account for 25% of all NSCLCs, yet the prognosis of these patients is poor and treatment options are limited. Amplified FGFR1 is one of the most common oncogenic events in SQCLCs, occurring in ~20% of cases. AZD4547 is a potent and selective FGFR1-3 inhibitor with anti-tumor activity in FGFR1 amplified SQCLC cell lines and patient-derived xenografts.  Experimental Design: Based on these data, we performed a phase 1 study of AZD4547 in patients with previously treated stage IV FGFR1 amplified SQCLCs (NCT00979134). FGFR1 amplification (FGFR1:CEP8 ≥ 2) was determined by FISH. The primary endpoint was safety/tolerability. Secondary endpoints included anti-tumor activity, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and molecular analyses.  Results: 15 FGFR1 amplified patients were treated. The most common related AEs were gastrointestinal and dermatologic. Grade ≥ 3 related AEs occurred in 3 patients (23%). Thirteen patients were evaluable for radiographic response assessment. The overall response rate was 8% (1 PR). 2/15 (13.3%) patients were progression free at 12 weeks and the median overall survival was 4.9 months. Molecular tests including next-generation sequencing, gene expression analysis, and FGFR1 immunohistochemistry showed poor correlation between gene amplification and expression, potential genomic modifiers of efficacy, and heterogeneity in the 8p11 amplicon.  Conclusions:AZD4547 was tolerable at the 80mg po bid dose with modest anti-tumor activity. Detailed molecular studies show that these tumors are heterogeneous, with a range of mutational co-variates and stark differences in gene expression of the 8p11 amplicon that likely explain the modest efficacy of FGFR inhibition in this disease.