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NC-HEM-16-1-A Phase 1/2 Open-Label, Dose Escalation Study of PRTX-100 in Adult Patients with Persistent/Chronic Immune Thrombocytopenia


Pre-clinical and clinical evaluations show that PRTX- 100 has biological activity that may lead to improved platelet levels where these are decreased due to immunological pathologies and that PRTX-100 has an acceptable safety profile. In vivo treatment with PRTX-100 has been shown to raise platelet counts in a mouse model of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). The primary objective of the study is to assess the efficacy of PRTX-100 in terms of platelet response in patients with chronic/persistent ITP.


Phase 1/2 - for trials that are a combination of phases 1 and 2.

Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria

  • Inclusion Criteria:
  • Willing and able to provide written informed consent prior to initiation of any study-related procedures
  • Male or female ≥ 18 years of age
  • ITP that has persisted for ≥ 3 months. ITP must be diagnosed in accordance The American Society of Hematology 2011 Evidence-based Practice Guideline for Immune Thrombocytopenia (Neunert et al. 2011) or the International Consensus Report on The Investigation and Management of Primary Immune Thrombocytopenia (Provan et al. 2010), as locally applicable.
  • Patients have persistent/chronic ITP despite adequate therapy with an approved therapy such as eltrombopag or romiplostim, and one other standard ITP treatment. Splenectomy is considered one standard ITP treatment
  • A mean platelet count of < 30,000/μL, with no individual platelet count > 35,000/μL; or for those subjects receiving a constant dose of permitted treatments for ITP: a mean platelet count < 50,000/μL, with no count greater than 55,000/μL. (Note: The mean platelet count must be determined based on 2 platelet counts including one obtained within ≤ 7 days of first PRTX-100 dose and the other within ≤ 30 days of the first dose of PRTX-100.)
  • If on corticosteroids, a dose of < 1 mg/kg prednisone per day or equivalent that has
  • High-dose pulse steroid therapy is NOT allowed within 14 days prior to the first dose of PRTX-100.
  • If receiving eltrombopag or romiplostim, the dose must have been stable for ≥ 21 days prior to the first dose of PRTX-100
  • If on steroid-sparing adjunctive immunosuppression with cyclosporine, azathioprine, mycophenolate, or 6-mercaptopurine, the dose must have been stable for ≥ 30 days prior to the first dose of PRTX-100 and must be expected to remain stable through study Day 29, unless dose reduction is required due to toxicities. Treatment with other cytotoxic agents (e.g. cyclophosphamide, vincristine) are not allowed within three months prior to the first dose of PRTX- 100.
  • Any prior treatment with rituximab or any other anti-CD20 agent must have been > 6 months prior to the first dose of PRTX-100
  • If female, must not be pregnant (pregnancy testing will be performed locally in all female patients of childbearing potential), must not be nursing and must be one of the following: - Surgically sterile (bilateral tubal ligation, hysterectomy) - Postmenopausal with last natural menses > 24 months prior - Premenopausal and using an acceptable form of birth control. Acceptable forms of birth control include: hormonal contraceptives (implantable, oral, patch) used for ≥ 2 months prior to screening or double barrier methods (any combination of two of the following: intrauterine device [IUD], male or female condom with spermicidal gel, diaphragm, sponge, cervical cap). All premenopausal females must have a negative urine or serum pregnancy test at screening and on Day 1 prior to first PRTX-100 treatment. Exclusion Criteria:
  • Splenectomy ≤ 90 days prior to the first dose of PRTX-100
  • Unstable coronary artery disease or other medical condition (such as type 1 diabetes) that, in the Investigator's opinion, might increase the risk to the patient
  • Evidence of active infection requiring antibiotic therapy ≤ 14 days prior to the first dose of PRTX- 100
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome. If clinically significant anemia or pancytopenia exists, documentation of a bone marrow aspirate within 24 months prior to the first dose of PRTX-100 showing no evidence of myelodysplasia is required.
  • Medical history of vasculitis or lupus erythematosus
  • Propensity to allergic reactions defined as a history of allergic reaction to more than one medication
  • History of any treatment for cancer within the past two years other than basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin that has been treated with curative intent
  • Seropositive for human immunodeficiency virus
  • History of acute/chronic hepatitis B or C and/or carriers of hepatitis B or C (positive for hepatitis B surface antigen or positive anti-hepatitis C antibody test)
  • History suggestive of substance abuse
  • Clinically significant abnormalities in screening laboratory tests, including: - Absolute neutrophil count < 1.0 x 10^9/L - Absolute lymphocyte count < 0.8 x 10^9/L - Hemoglobin < 10 g/dL - Alanine transaminase or aspartate transaminase > 2 x upper limit of normal (ULN) - Lactate dehydrogenase > 3 x ULN - Total Bilirubin > 1.5 x ULN - Serum creatinine level > 1.6 mg/dL (0.14 mmol/L) in males or 1.4 mg/dL (0.12 mmol/L) in females
  • Treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) ≤ 14 days prior to the first dose of PRTX-100
  • Treatment with an anti-Rh D antigen agent (e.g. WinRho®) ≤ 14 days prior to the first dose of PRTX- 100
  • Use of any investigational drug ≤ 30 days or 5 half-lives of the investigational drug (whichever is longer) prior to the first dose of PRTX-100
  • Not willing to stay at the study site for 4 hours after each of the PRTX-100 infusions


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