HDM201 in Combination With MBG453 or Venetoclax in Patients With Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) or High-risk Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)

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Status and phase

Active, not recruiting
Phase 1


Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
High-risk Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)


Biological: MBG453
Drug: HDM201
Drug: Venetoclax

Study type


Funder types



2018-004001-62 (EudraCT Number)

Details and patient eligibility


This is a phase 1b, multi-arm, open-label study of HDM201 in combination with MBG453 or venetoclax in subjects with AML or high-risk MDS.

For all subjects, TP53wt status must be characterized by, at a minimum, no mutations noted in exons 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Two treatment arms will enroll subjects in parallel to characterize the safety, tolerability, PK, PD and preliminary antitumor activity of HDM201+MBG453 (treatment arm 1) and HDM201+venetoclax (treatment arm 2).

  • In the treatment arm 1, subjects will receive HDM201 in combination with MBG453.
  • In the treatment arm 2, subjects will receive HDM201 in combination with venetoclax. Venetoclax dose will be gradually increased (ramp-up) over a period of 4 to 5 days to achieve the daily target dose tested that will be subsequently continued.

Upon the completion of the escalation part, MTD(s) and/or RD(s) of HDM201 in combination with MBG453 or venetoclax in AML and high-risk MDS subjects will be determined for each treatment arm.


52 patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Main Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female patients ≥ 18 years of age at the date of ICF signature who present with one of the following:

    1. Relapsed/refractory AML following ≥1 prior therapies (but ≤3 prior therapies) who have relapsed or exhibited refractory disease (primary failure) and are deemed by the Investigator not to be candidates for standard therapy, including re-induction with cytarabine or other established chemotherapy regimens for patients with AML (patients who are suitable for standard re-induction chemotherapy or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and willing to receive it are excluded)
    2. First line AML patient unfit for standard induction chemotherapy (includes both de novo and secondary AML), except in countries where approved therapies are available. Patients who are suitable for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and willing to receive it are excluded.
    3. High-risk MDS patient (high and very high-risk groups according to rIPSS) who have failed hypomethylating agent therapy.
  • ECOG performance status ≤ 1

  • TP53wt tumor. At minimum exons 5, 6, 7 and 8 in the TP53 gene must be sequenced and determined to contain no mutations. The TP53 status must be obtained from a bone-marrow sample, collected no longer than 3 months before signing the main ICF.

  • Patient must be a candidate for serial bone marrow aspirate and/or biopsy according to the institutional guidelines and be willing to undergo a bone marrow aspirate and/or biopsy at screening, during and at the end of therapy on this study. Exceptions may be considered after documented discussion with Novartis.

Main Exclusion Criteria:

Patients eligible for this study must not meet any of the following criteria:

  • Prior combination treatment with compounds having the same mode of action:

    • mdm2 or mdm4 inhibitors combined with TIM-3 inhibitors (for patients enrolled in treatment arm1)
    • mdm2 or mdm4 inhibitors combined with Bcl-2 inhibitor (for patients enrolled in treatment arm2)
  • History of severe hypersensitivity reactions to any ingredient of study drug(s) and other monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and/or their excipients.

  • Patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia with PML-RARA.

  • Allogeneic stem cell transplant (HSCT) within last 6 months and/or active GvHD requiring systemic immunosuppressive therapy.

  • GI disorders impacting absorption of oral HDM201 or venetoclax.

  • Evidence of active bleeding or bleeding diathesis or major coagulopathy (including familial).

  • Patients with active, known or suspected autoimmune disease (treatment arm 1 only).

Other eligibility criteria apply.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


None (Open label)

52 participants in 2 patient groups

treatment arm1: HDM201+MBG453
Experimental group
Phase Ib (escalation)
Biological: MBG453
Drug: HDM201
treatment arm2: HDM201+venetoclax
Experimental group
Phase Ib (escalation)
Drug: Venetoclax
Drug: HDM201

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