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University Hospital Muenster | Central Study Coordination for Innovative Dermatology (ZiD)

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A Clinical Trial of Three Study Medicines (Encorafenib, Binimetinib, and Pembrolizumab) in Patients With Advanced or Metastatic Melanoma

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Status and phase

Active, not recruiting
Phase 3




Drug: Binimetinib
Drug: Encorafenib
Drug: Pembrolizumab

Study type


Funder types



STARBOARD (Other Identifier)
2020-004850-31 (EudraCT Number)
KEYNOTE-B80 (Other Identifier)

Details and patient eligibility


The purpose of this study is to learn about the effects of three study medicines (encorafenib, binimetinib, and pembrolizumab) given together for the treatment of melanoma that: is advanced or metastatic (spread to other parts of the body); has a certain type of abnormal gene called "BRAF"; and has not received prior treatment. All participants in this study will receive pembrolizumab at the study clinic once every 3 weeks as an intravenous (IV) infusion (given directly into a vein). In addition, half of the participants will take encorafenib and binimetinib orally (by mouth) at home every day. Participants may receive pembrolizumab for up to two years. Those participants taking encorafenib and binimetinib can continue until their melanoma is no longer responding. The study team will monitor how each participant is doing with the study treatment during regular visits at the study clinic.

Full description

This study will compare the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of encorafenib and binimetinib plus pembrolizumab (Triplet Arm) versus placebo plus pembrolizumab (Control Arm) in participants with metastatic or unresectable locally advanced BRAF V600E/K mutation-positive melanoma. The study will have an open-label safety lead-in (SLI) phase to determine the safety recommend Phase 3 dose (RP3D) and pharmacokinetics (PK) of encorafenib and binimetinib plus pembrolizumab combination therapy prior to initiation of the randomized Phase 3 part of the study. Two dose levels of encorafenib in combination with binimetinib plus pembrolizumab will be explored in parallel. A minimum of 12 evaluable participants will be enrolled per dose level. During the double-blind randomized Phase 3 part of the study, approximately 216 eligible participants will be randomized in a 1:1 ratio to the Triplet Arm (at RP3D determined in the SLI) or Control Arm (approximately 108 participants per arm). Randomization will be stratified by prior systemic adjuvant therapy and stage of disease by AJCC (ED8).


189 patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female participants ≥ 18 years at the time of informed consent.
  • Participants who are willing and able to comply with all scheduled visits, treatment plan, laboratory tests, lifestyle considerations, and other study procedures.
  • Histologically confirmed unresectable (Stage IIIB, IIIC, or IIID) or metastatic (Stage IV) cutaneous melanoma, according to the AJCC 8th edition.
  • Presence of at least 1 measurable lesion as detected by radiological and/or photographic methods according to RECIST v1.1.
  • ECOG performance status 0 or 1.
  • Documented evidence of a BRAF V600E or V600K mutation in melanoma tumor tissue as previously determined by either PCR or NGS-based local laboratory assay (eg, US FDA-approved test, CE-marked [European conformity] in vitro diagnostic in EU countries, or equivalent), obtained during the course of normal clinical care, in a CLIA- or similarly certified laboratory.
  • Submission of adequate tumor tissue (archival or newly obtained; block or slides to the sponsor central laboratory(ies) during the screening period and prior to enrollment (SLI)/randomization (Phase 3).
  • Have not received prior first-line systemic therapy for metastatic or unresectable locally advanced melanoma.
  • Adequate bone marrow function, hepatic and renal function.
  • Capable of giving signed informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Other medical or psychiatric condition including recent (within the past year) or active suicidal ideation/behavior or laboratory abnormality that may increase the risk of study participation or, in the investigator's judgment, make the participant inappropriate for the study (including, but not limited to, a participant who is rapidly progressing or has clinically significant tumor related symptoms, in the judgment of the investigator).
  • Mucosal or ocular melanoma.
  • Diagnosis of immunodeficiency or an active autoimmune disease that required systemic treatment in the past 2 years (ie, with use of disease modifying agents, corticosteroids, or immunosuppressive drugs).
  • Clinically significant multiple or severe drug allergies, intolerance to topical corticosteroids, or severe post-treatment hypersensitivity reactions (including, but not limited to, erythema multiforme major, linear IgA dermatosis, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and exfoliative dermatitis).
  • Unable to swallow, retain, and absorb oral medications.
  • Impairment of GI function or disease which may significantly alter the absorption of oral study intervention (eg, uncontrolled nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, malabsorption syndrome, including malabsorption syndrome secondary to prior GI surgery).
  • Clinically significant cardiovascular diseases,
  • History of thromboembolic or cerebrovascular events ≤ 12 weeks prior to enrollment (SLI)/randomization (Phase 3). Examples include transient ischemic attacks, cerebrovascular accidents, hemodynamically significant (ie, massive or sub-massive) deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary emboli.
  • History or current evidence of RVO or current risk factors for RVO (eg, uncontrolled glaucoma or ocular hypertension, history of hyperviscosity or hypercoagulability syndromes)
  • Concurrent neuromuscular disorder that is associated with the potential of elevated CK (eg, inflammatory myopathies, muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal muscular atrophy).
  • Current noninfectious pneumonitis or history of noninfectious pneumonitis requiring steroids, or history of radiation pnuemonitis
  • Evidence of HBV or HCV infection.
  • Known history of a positive test for HIV or known AIDS.
  • Any active infection requiring systemic therapeutic treatment within 2 weeks prior to enrollment (SLI)/ randomization (Phase 3).
  • Participants with prior or current symptomatic brain metastasis, leptomeningeal disease or other active CNS metastases.
  • Concurrent or previous other malignancy within 2 years of study entry, except curatively treated basal or squamous cell skin cancer, prostate intraepithelial neoplasm, carcinoma in-situ of the cervix, Bowen's disease and Gleason ≤ 6 prostate cancer. Participants with a history of other curatively treated cancers must be reviewed with the sponsor or designee prior to entering the study.
  • Participants who previously received and subsequently discontinued encorafenib and/or binimetinib and/or anti-PD-1/-L1 due to severe toxicity.
  • For participants in the SLI only: Current use or anticipated need for food or drugs that are known moderate or strong CYP3A4 inhibitors during screening and through the DLT-evaluation period
  • Participant has not recovered to Grade ≤ 1 from toxic effects of prior therapy and/or complications from prior surgical intervention before enrollment (SLI)/ randomization (Phase 3).

Receipt of protocol defined medications or treatments outside of required intervals before enrollment (SLI)/randomization (Phase 3):

  • Previous administration with an investigational drug ≤ 6 months prior to enrollment (SLI)/randomization (Phase 3).
  • Known sensitivity or contraindication to any component of study intervention (encorafenib, binimetinib and pembrolizumab), or their excipients.
  • Pregnant, confirmed by a positive β-hCG laboratory test result, or is breastfeeding (lactating).
  • Investigator site staff or Pfizer employees directly involved in the conduct of the study, site staff otherwise supervised by the investigator, and their respective family members.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Quadruple Blind

189 participants in 2 patient groups

Triplet Arm
Experimental group
Encorafenib and Binimetinib in combination with Pembrolizumab
Drug: Pembrolizumab
Drug: Encorafenib
Drug: Binimetinib
Control Arm
Active Comparator group
Drug: Pembrolizumab

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Pfizer Call Center

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