A Study of IMU-131 (HER-Vaxx) in Combination With Chemotherapy or Pembrolizumab in Patients With Metastatic HER2/Neu Over-Expressing Gastric Cancer (nextHERIZON)



Status and phase

Active, not recruiting
Phase 2


Gastric Cancer
Cancer of Stomach
Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma
Stomach Cancer
Stomach Adenocarcinoma
Gastric Adenocarcinoma


Biological: Pembrolizumab
Biological: IMU-131
Drug: Ramucirumab plus Paclitaxel

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


This is a Phase 2, signal generating, open-label, 2-Arm, non-randomized study, in patients with metastatic HER2/neu over-expressing gastric cancer or gastroesophageal adenocarcinomas.

Full description

It is hypothesized that the introduction of HER-Vaxx after 1L treatment in patients that have progressed under trastuzumab may overcome potential resistance against trastuzumab in combination with chemotherapy and can be continued after chemotherapy is terminated. Based on pre-clinical data HER-Vaxx may also synergize with pembrolizumab and therefore serve as a potentially better tolerated and chemotherapy-free treatment opportunity in metastatic patients that progressed under their previous therapy.

The study is designed to generate safety data and efficacy signals to support further development of HER-Vaxx in ≥2L mGC/GEJ cancer after progression with trastuzumab.

The study includes two treatment arms that will be analyzed independently using a 2-Stage design:

Arm 1: HER-Vaxx in combination with chemotherapy (ramucirumab plus paclitaxel) Arm 2: HER-Vaxx in combination with pembrolizumab.

All patients must have received trastuzumab and progressed after 1L to be eligible for enrolment. Patients who have received an immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) previously will exclusively be enrolled in Arm 1 (HER-Vaxx + chemotherapy). Patients who are naïve to ICI treatment will exclusively be enrolled into Arm 2 (HER-Vaxx + pembrolizumab).


7 patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  1. Age ≥ 18 years with confirmed diagnosis of advanced or metastatic HER2/neu overexpressing gastric or GEJ adenocarcinoma;
  2. Progressed on or after trastuzumab therapy;
  3. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0-1;
  4. Life expectancy of a minimum of 3 months;
  5. At least one measurable lesion as defined by RECIST 1.1 criteria and assessed by the local investigator;
  6. HER2/neu overexpression assessed using post-progression fresh or archival tissue, or post-progression pathology report;
  7. Adequate left ventricular ejection function at baseline, defined as left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) > 50% by echocardiogram or Multi Gated Acquisition (MUGA) scan;
  8. Adequate hematologic, liver and renal function;
  9. A female patient of childbearing potential must agree to use a highly effective method of contraception throughout the study and for at least 120 days after the last dose of assigned treatment.

Exclusion criteria

  1. Previous malignant disease (other than primary malignancy) within the last 5 years, except basal or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin or cervical carcinoma in situ;
  2. Concurrent active malignancy except for adequately controlled limited basal cell carcinoma of the skin;
  3. Systemic chemotherapy or major surgery within 28 days before starting study treatment and recovered from all adverse events ≤ Grade 1 or baseline with possible exceptions for neuropathy and endocrine-related AEs;
  4. Received prior radiotherapy within 2 weeks of start of study treatment and recovered from all radiation-related toxicities and not require corticosteroids; or history of radiation pneumonitis.
  5. Previous treatment with trastuzumab-deruxtecan or any other anti-HER2 therapy (except trastuzumab);
  6. Clinically significant cardiovascular disease, or other diseases that in the Investigator's opinion may influence the patient's tolerance to study treatment;
  7. Pleural effusion or ascites requiring more than weekly drainage;
  8. Prior organ transplantation, including allogenic stem-cell transplantation;
  9. Chronic immunosuppressive therapy within 7 days prior the first dose of study drug;
  10. Active, known, or suspected autoimmune disease;
  11. History of (non-infectious) pneumonitis / interstitial lung disease that required steroids or has current pneumonitis / interstitial lung disease;
  12. Positivity for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (HIV 1/2 antibodies) or active hepatitis B (HBsAg reactive) or active hepatitis C (HCV ribonucleic acid [RNA] qualitative) infection;
  13. Current participation or has participated in a study of an investigational agent or has used an investigational device within 4 weeks prior to the first dose of study treatment;
  14. Any vaccination within 30 days prior to starting study treatment;
  15. Pregnant or lactating females;
  16. Arm 2 only: Has received prior therapy with an anti-PD-1, anti-PD-L1, or anti-PD-L2 agent;
  17. Arm 2 only: Has received prior therapy with an ICI or with an agent directed to another stimulatory or co-inhibitory T-cell receptor (e.g., CTLA-4, OX 40, CD137) and was discontinued from treatment due to a grade 3 or higher adverse event.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


None (Open label)

7 participants in 2 patient groups

Arm 1: HER-Vaxx in combination with chemotherapy (ramucirumab plus paclitaxel)
Experimental group
Patients who have received an immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) previously will exclusively be enrolled in Arm 1 treated with HER-Vaxx (IM) in combination with chemotherapy (ramucirumab plus paclitaxel)
Drug: Ramucirumab plus Paclitaxel
Biological: IMU-131
Arm 2: HER-Vaxx in combination with pembrolizumab
Experimental group
Arm 2 will investigate the combination of HER-Vaxx plus pembrolizumab in patients who are naïve to ICI treatment including patients who have had chemotherapy only treatment after progression on trastuzumab. As the combination treatment has not been investigated, Arm 2 is planned to initiate with a safety run-in phase.
Biological: IMU-131
Biological: Pembrolizumab

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Bonnie Nixon; Lisa Guttman

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