Background: VS-6766 is a unique small molecule inhibitor that blocks MEK kinase activity and RAF phosphorylation of MEK. This mechanism of blockade has been shown to limit compensatory MEK activation, thereby potentially enhancing efficacy of MEK inhibition. Defactinib, (VS-6063), an orally active small molecule, is a potent adenosine 5'- triphosphate (ATP) competitive, reversible inhibitor of focal adhesion kinase (FAK). Defactinib has shown synergistic activity with BRAF and MEK inhibitors in both in vitro and in vivo solid tumor models. Prior molecularly unselected studies with single agent MEK inhibitors have shown response rates up to 26% in recurrent LGSOC. A third of patients with recurrent LGSOC harbor somatic KRAS mutations. FAK inhibition has been shown to induce tumor regression when combined with RAF, MEK or RAF/MEK inhibitors in in vivo models of KRAS mutant ovarian cancer. The combination of VS-6766 and defactinib is currently being evaluated in the ongoing Investigator Sponsored FRAME study (NCT03875820). In this proof of concept study, durable objective responses have been reported in recurrent LGSOC patients, particularly those with KRAS mutations including patients who have had a prior MEK inhibitor (Banerji et al AACR 2020). Based on preclinical studies demonstrating efficacy of both VS-6766 and the VS-6766/defactinib combination and preliminary results of the FRAME study, the phase II ENGOT-ov60/GOG3052 has been developed in recurrent LGSOC. Methods: This is a Phase II, adaptive, two-part, multicenter, parallel cohort, randomized, open label study designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of VS-6766 versus VS-6766 in combination with defactinib (NCT04625270). The study will be conducted in two parts. Part A will determine the optimal regimen based on confirmed overall response rate (independent radiology review) in KRAS-mutated LGSOC. Part B will determine the efficacy of the optimal regimen identified in Part A in KRAS-mutated and KRAS wild-type LGSOC. The minimum expected enrollment is 52 subjects with KRAS-mutated tumors (32 subjects in Part A and 20 in Part B) and 36 with KRAS wild-type tumors in Part B. Patients will be randomized to receive VS-6766 (4.0 mg PO, twice weekly 3 weeks on, 1 week off) or VS6766 with defactinib (VS-6766 3.2 mg PO, twice weekly + defactinib 200 mg PO BID 3 weeks on, 1 week off) till progression. Key inclusion criteria include histologically confirmed LGSOC, presence of KRAS mutation (Part A), prior systemic therapy for metastatic disease and up to 1 prior line of MEK/RAF inhibitor therapy permitted. This international study is open to enrollment.

Citation Format: Susana N. Banerjee, Bradley J. Monk, Els Van Nieuwenhuysen, Kathleen N. Moore, Ana Oaknin, Michel Fabbro, Nicoletta Columbo, David M. O’Malley, Robert L. Coleman, Jonathan Pachter, Andrew Koustenis, Gloria Patrick, Lorna Leonard, Rachel Grisham. ENGOT-ov60/GOG3052/RAMP 201: A phase 2 study of VS-6766 (dual RAF/MEK inhibitor) alone and in combination with defactinib (FAK inhibitor) in recurrent low-grade serous ovarian cancer (LGSOC) [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the AACR-NCI-EORTC Virtual International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics; 2021 Oct 7-10. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Mol Cancer Ther 2021;20(12 Suppl):Abstract nr P046.