New Clinical Trial: A Phase 1 Study to Investigate the Safety & Tolerability of REGN1979 in Patients with CD20+ B-Cell Malignancies Previously Treated with CD20-Directed Antibody Therapy

The Weill Cornell Lymphoma Program has recently opened a new research study for men and women with CD20+ B-cell malignancies, including B-NHL’s and CLL. The study is sponsored by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and the principal investigator is John Allan, MD. For more information about the study, please call Amelyn Rodriguez at 212-746-1362 or email her at

Key Eligibility

  • Men and women age 18 and older.
  • Diagnosis of CD20+ B-cell malignancy (B-NHL or CLL), with active disease not responsive to prior therapy.
  • Prior treatment with an anti-CD20 antibody therapy.
  • Detailed eligibility reviewed when you contact the study team.

Study Summary

This clinical trial is for men and women with CD20+ B-cell malignancies, including B-NHL and CLL.

The anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody (mAb), rituximab, has dramatically improved the prognosis for patients with NHL, and has been a mainstay of treatment since its first approval in 1997. While rituximab has single-agent activity in both indolent and aggressive NHL, and more modest activity in CLL, the standard of care is to use it in combination with chemotherapy. Response rates to conventional therapy are generally greater than 50%, but most patients will relapse. In the relapsed or salvage setting, there are no standard of care options and the choice of therapy is often guided by patient clinical factors, including performance status and the presence of comorbidities. Additionally, there is a growing body of data demonstrating the development of diminished activity of rituximab and rituximab resistance over time in multiple NHL subtypes.

REGN1979 is a bispecific (anti-CD20 and anti-CD3) monoclonal antibody, designed with a novel mechanism of action that is distinct from that of other anti-CD20 antibodies, and as such may provide a therapeutic benefit in patients who have relapsed following anti-CD20 mAb therapy. This first in human phase 1 study is designed to investigate the safety and tolerability of REGN1979.

Subjects will be assigned to a dose level cohort that will consist of an initial starting dose, followed by a higher dose for all subsequent administrations. REGN1979 will be administered as an IV infusion, weekly for the first four weeks, then monthly for five months, for a total of nine doses over six months. After completing the treatment period, subjects will have follow-up visits monthly for six months.

Author: lymphomaprogram

Located on the Upper East Side of New York City, the Lymphoma Program at Weill Cornell Medical College/NewYork Presbyterian Hospital is internationally recognized for our efforts to enable patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin disease and related disorders to have the best possible clinical outcome, including cure when possible.

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