Daiichi Sankyo Announces First Patient Enrolled In Phase 3 QuANTUM-First Trial Investigating Quizartinib In Newly-Diagnosed FLT3-ITD+ Acute Myeloid Leukemia

- Dec 13, 2018-

Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited (hereafter, Daiichi Sankyo) today announced that the first patient has been enrolled in the global phase 3 QuANTUM-First study evaluating the oral FLT3-ITD inhibitor quizartinib in patients with newly-diagnosed FLT3-ITD-positive (+) acute myeloid leukemia (AML).


QuANTUM-First is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluating quizartinib in combination with induction and consolidation chemotherapy and as maintenance monotherapy in patients with newly-diagnosed FLT3-ITD+ AML. The primary endpoint of the study is event-free survival. Secondary endpoints include overall survival, complete remission rate, composite complete remission rate and the percentage of subjects achieving a complete remission with no evidence of minimal residual disease.


Approximately 30 percent of patients with AML have a genetic mutation called FLT3-ITD, which is associated with more aggressive disease, resulting in increased relapse rate and reduced overall survival compared to those without this mutation.1FLT3-ITD mutations are more common than FLT3-TKD mutations, which occur in approximately 10 percent of AML patients.1There is controversy as to whether FLT3-TKD mutations carry as poor a prognosis as FLT3-ITD mutations.1Currently, there are no approved targeted treatments for FLT3-ITD+ AML, with little change in the treatment of AML for the past 30 years.2


“It is well established that patients with FLT3-ITD mutated AML have an overall worse prognosis compared to those without this specific mutation,” said Harry Erba, MD, PhD, Chair of the QuANTUM-First Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine and Director of the Hematologic Malignancy Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “In this study we are evaluating whether adding quizartinib to standard first-line chemotherapy will help delay or prevent relapse, which in turn may impact overall survival in patients with FLT3-ITD+ AML.”


“Given the high unmet need in FLT3-ITD+ AML, we are moving forward with a comprehensive clinical development program investigating the role of quizartinib in multiple lines of treatment including induction and consolidation chemotherapy, maintenance therapy and salvage therapy,” said Antoine Yver, MD, MSc, Executive Vice President and Global Head, Oncology Research and Development, Daiichi Sankyo. “Additionally, we also are looking to combine quizartinib with other investigational agents in our pipeline such as our MDM2 and BRD4 inhibitors where science suggests combining different mechanisms of action may help improve outcomes.”


QuANTUM-First is expected to enroll more than 500 patients between 18 and 75 years of age in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. More information about the study is available at ClinicalTrials.gov or www.QuantumFirstStudy.com.