Many patients have cancers that have increased activity of a protein called STAT3 that contributes critically to the development and growth of their cancer. Despite our knowledge of STAT3's importance to cancer, scientists and doctors have not developed a drug that targets it and that patients can take to treat their cancer more effectively than treatments that are now available. Tvardi Therapeutics, Incorporated has developed a compound, TTI-101, which can be given by mouth and acts as a direct inhibitor of STAT3. Administration of TTI-101 to mice demonstrated that it blocked growth of cancers of the breast, head and neck, lung, and liver and it was safe when administered at high doses to mice, rats, and dogs. In this application, Tvardi is proposing to further develop TTI-101 for treatment of solid tumors for which the prognosis is dismal. The investigators will determine how safe it is when administered to patients with cancer, determine whether an adequate dose can be administered to patients with cancer that will block STAT3 in their cancer, and determine whether treatment with TTI-101 leads to reduced growth of their cancer.



Eligible Ages
Between 18 Years and 65 Years
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria

All of the following inclusion criteria must be fulfilled for eligibility: 1. Age ≥18 years; 2. For patients with solid tumors (not unresectable HCC): Patients with histologically confirmed diagnosis of locally-advanced, inoperable, metastatic and/or treatment refractory solid tumors for whom there are no available therapies that will confer clinical benefit; 3. For patients with unresectable HCC: Patients with histologically confirmed diagnosis of locally advanced, inoperable, unresectable HCC who have failed first and second lines of therapy and Child-Pugh is A or beyond second line if the performance status is preserved and Child-Pugh is A. 4. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Performance status 0-1; 5. Hemoglobin ≥9.0 g/dL, neutrophil count ≥1.0 x 109/l, platelets ≥100 x 109/L; 6. Adequate renal function capability, as calculated by creatinine clearance >40 ml/min using the Cockroft-Gault formula; 7. Adequate liver function defined as total bilirubin <1.5 x ULN, and aspartate aminotransferase (AST)/alanine aminotransferase (ALT) <3 x ULN. For subjects with liver involvement, AST/ALT <5 x ULN; For subjects with liver involvement, AST/ALT <5 x ULN; 8. Measurable disease using clinically appropriate criteria for the type of malignancy, RECIST v 1.1 for solid tumors; 9. Negative blood pregnancy test at the screening visit for women of childbearing potential, defined as: female subjects after puberty unless they have been postmenopausal for at least two years, are surgically sterile, or are sexually inactive and will remain so for the course of the trial; 10. Willingness to avoid pregnancy and breast feeding beginning two weeks before the first TTI-101 dose and ending three months after the last trial treatment. Male subjects with female partners of childbearing potential and female subjects of childbearing potential must use adequate contraception in the judgment of the Investigator, such as a two-barrier method or a one-barrier method with spermicide or intrauterine device during trial treatment dosing and for 3 months after the last dose of the study; and 11. Ability to read and understand the informed consent form and willingness and ability to give informed consent and demonstrate comprehension of the trial before undergoing any trial activities.

Exclusion Criteria

Subjects are ineligible to enroll in this trial if they fulfill any of the following exclusion criteria: 1. Previous therapy with: 1. Standard therapy including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, biologic therapy, or any other anticancer therapy within 28 days (or five elimination half-lives for non-cytotoxic drugs, whichever is shorter) of Day 1 of trial drug treatment (6 weeks for nitrosureas or mitomycin); 2. Any investigational agent within 28 days of Day 1 of trial drug treatment or 5 half-lives for a small molecule/targeted therapy; 2. Extensive prior radiotherapy on more than 30% of bone marrow reserves, or prior bone marrow/stem cell transplantation within 5 years from enrollment; Ongoing toxicity (except alopecia) due to a prior therapy, unless returned to baseline or Grade 1 or less; 3. Major surgical intervention or participation in a therapeutic clinical trial within 28 days from Day 1 of the first dose of TTI-101; 4. Significantly impaired cardiac function such as unstable angina pectoris, congestive heart failure with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III or IV, myocardial infarction within the last 12 months prior to trial entry; signs of pericardial effusion, serious arrhythmia (including QTc prolongation of >470 ms and/or pacemaker) or prior diagnosis of congenital long QT syndrome or left ventricular ejection fraction <50% on screening echocardiogram; 5. History of cerebral vascular accident or stroke within the previous 2 years; 6. Uncontrolled hypertension (>160/100mm Hg); 7. History of Grade 3 or 4 allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition as TTI-101 (hydroxyl-naphthalene sulfonamides); 8. Known active metastases in the central nervous system (unless stable by brain imaging studies for at least 1 month without evidence of cerebral edema and no requirements for corticosteroids or anticonvulsants); 9. History of difficulty swallowing, malabsorption, or other chronic gastrointestinal disease or conditions that may hamper compliance and/or absorption of the investigational product; 10. Known human immunodeficiency virus; 11. Subjects with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, unless screening viral load <100 IU/mL on stable doses of antiviral therapy. Note: Subjects with chronic HCV infection are allowed to enroll in the study but do not have a defined maximum viral load requirement for study entry; 12. Legal incapacity or limited legal capacity; 13. Pregnant or lactating women; 14. Any other condition, which in the opinion of the investigator, might impair the subject's tolerance of trial treatment, the safety of the individual subject, or the outcome of the trial; 15. Previous treatment of the current malignancy with a STAT inhibitor.

Study Design

Phase 1
Study Type
Intervention Model
Single Group Assignment
Primary Purpose
None (Open Label)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
Dose escalation study
In a 3 + 3 cohort design, three patients are initially enrolled into a given dose cohort. If there is no DLT observed in any of the first three subjects, the trial proceeds with enrolling additional subjects into the next higher dose cohort. If one subject develops a DLT at a specific dose, an additional three subjects are enrolled into that same dose cohort. Development of DLTs in >1 of 6 subjects in a specific dose cohort will determine the MTD and no further dose escalation is done. Dose Level/TTI-101 (mg/kg/day) administered in divided doses every 12 hours 1/3.2 2/6.4 3/12.8 4/25.6 At the end of the dose escalation phase of the study, the investigators will determine the characteristics of the patients who will be enrolled at the expansion phase of the study.
  • Drug: TTI-101
    Patients in the first cohort are treated at dose level 1. Each cohort of a dose level will include at least 3 patients, who will be evaluated for at least one cycle (28-days). The next dose level will be determined after careful review of the tolerability and pharmacokinetics of the previous cohort. If the current dose is the lowest dose and the rule indicates dose de-escalation, we will treat the new patients at the lowest dose unless the number of DLTs reaches the elimination boundary, at which point we will terminate the trial for safety. If the current dose is the highest dose and the rule indicates dose escalation, we will treat the new patients at the highest dose.

Recruiting Locations

Mays Cancer Center at University of Texas Health Science Center SA
San Antonio, Texas 78229
Epp Goodwin

More Details

Tvardi Therapeutics, Incorporated

Study Contact

Lori McDermott, RN/BSN, MSc, PMP

Detailed Description

Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is a member of a family of seven closely related proteins responsible for transmission of peptide hormone signals from the extracellular surface of cells to the nucleus. STAT3 is a master regulator of most key hallmarks and enablers of cancer, including cell proliferation, resistance to apoptosis, metastasis, immune evasion, tumor angiogenesis, epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT), response to DNA damage, and the Warburg effect. STAT3 also is a key mediator of oncogene addiction and supports the self-renewal of tumor-initiating cancer stem cells that contribute to cancer initiation, cancer maintenance, and relapse in several types of tumors. STAT3 activity is increased in ~50% of all cancers, due either to naturally occurring STAT3 mutations, as have been demonstrated in human inflammatory hepatocellular adenomas and large granular lymphocytic leukemia, or, more commonly as a result of activation of signaling molecules upstream of STAT3, including receptor tyrosine kinases (RTK; e.g. epidermal growth factor receptor, EGFR), tyrosine kinase-associated receptors (e.g. the family of IL-6 cytokine receptors or G-protein coupled receptors, GPCR), and Src kinases (e.g. Src, Lck, Hck, Lyn, Fyn, or Fgr). Thus, STAT3 is an attractive target for drug development to treat many types of cancer including breast cancer, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), colorectal cancer (CRC), gastric adenocarcinoma and melanoma.


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