A First-in-Human Phase 1 Study of a Novel Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM), RAD140, in ER+/HER2- Metastatic Breast Cancer

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      • First-in-human phase 1 study of RAD140, a novel oral SARM
      • Acceptable safety profile with no Grade 4 treatment-related events
      • Preliminary evidence of target engagement and antitumor activity
      • Data support further investigation of RAD140 in AR+/ER+ advanced breast cancer



      This first-in-human, phase 1 study aimed to characterize the safety, tolerability, maximum tolerated dose (MTD), pharmacokinetic (PK) profile, and antitumor activity of RAD140, an oral selective androgen receptor (AR) modulator (SARM).

      Patients and Methods

      This dose-escalation study with a 3 + 3 design and PK expansion cohort enrolled postmenopausal women with ER+/HER2- metastatic breast cancer (mBC). Serum sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) were used as surrogate markers of AR engagement.


      Twenty-two (21 AR+) heavily pretreated mBC patients were enrolled. Dose levels included 50 mg (n = 6), 100 mg (n = 13), and 150 mg (n = 3) once daily (QD). Most frequent (> 10%) treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) were elevated AST (59.1%), ALT (45.5%), and total blood bilirubin (27.3%), and vomiting, dehydration, and decreased appetite and weight (27.3% each). Grade 3/4 TEAEs occurred in 16 (72.7%) patients and included elevations in AST/ALT and hypophosphatemia (22.7% each). Treatment-related TEAEs occurred in 17 per 22 patients (77.3%); 7 (31.8%) were Grade 3; none were Grade 4. The half-life (t1/2) of 44.7 hours supported QD dosing. At the MTD of 100 mg/day, 1 patient with an ESR1 mutation at baseline had a partial response. Overall, clinical benefit rate at 24 weeks was 18.2%, and median progression-free survival was 2.3 months. SHBG decreased in 18 per 18 patients, and PSA increased in 16 per 20 patients. Paired baseline and on-treatment tumor biopsies demonstrated AR engagement.


      RAD140 is a novel oral AR-targeted agent for the treatment of AR+/ER+/HER2- mBC with an acceptable safety profile and preliminary evidence of target engagement and antitumor activity.


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