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Nic Dracopoli, May 11, 2012. Shanghai Bioforum Translational Medicine, Session S4, Shanghai, China

Nic Dracopoli, May 11, 2012. Shanghai Bioforum Translational Medicine, Session S4, Shanghai, China

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  • 1. Biomarkers  and  Companion  Diagnos1c  Applica1ons   in  Oncology  Drug  Development   Nicholas  C.  Dracopoli,  Ph.D.   Vice  President,  Head  Oncology  Biomarkers   Janssen  R&D   Johnson  &  Johnson   Shanghai,  China   May  10,  2012  
  • 2. Empirical  Drug  Development  Strategies  are   Unsustainable    •  Overall  aLri1on  rates  are  too  high  during  development:   –  Poor  in  vivo  and  in  vitro  disease  models  lead  to  failure  early  in   development   –  Too  many  compound  fail  for  lack  of  efficacy  late  in  development  •  Disease  heterogeneity  means  too  few  pa1ents  respond  to   any  one  therapeu1c  approach:   –  Need  beLer  markers  to  monitor  status  of  the  drug  target  and   cognate  pathway    •  Development  costs  for  novel  drugs  with  low  response  rates   are  too  high:   –  Large  Phase  III  trials  required  to  demonstrate  clinical  benefit   –  High  risk  of  registra1onal  failure   –  Length  of  1me  required  to  show  overall  survival  benefit  
  • 3. New  Drug  Approvals  in  US:  1996-­‐2010   Mullard, A. (2011) 2010 FDA drug approvals, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery 10:82-85
  • 4. ALri1on  in  Drug  Development:  2009  •   Overall  clinical  success  (Phase  I  entry   to  approval)  has  risen:   •  2004  es1mate:  11%   •  2009  es1mate:  18%  •   Companion  diagnos1cs  have  impacted   approval  of  some  kinase  inhibitors:   –  cKIT  for  ima1nib  (GIST)   –  KRAS  for  panitumumab  (colorectal  cancer)   –  HER2  for  lapa1nib  (breast  cancer)  •  Clinical  success  for  kinase  inhibitors  is   ~2.5-­‐fold  higher  than  the  overall   average:   •  How  much  of  this  is  due  to  undifferen1ated   fast  follow  on  compounds?   •  Has  the  transi1on  from  cytotoxic  to  targeted   therapies  reduced  overall  aLri1on?   •  How  much  is  this  due  to  precedented   chemistry  and  biology  for  kinase  inhibitors?   Walker & Newell, 2009
  • 5. Biomarkers  in  Drug  Development  Marker Func*on TestPD/MOA •  Determine  whether  a  drug  hits  the  target  and  has   •  Research  test  used  during  drug   impact  on  the  biological  pathway   development   •  Evaluate  mechanism  of  ac1on  (MOA)   •  Not  developed  as  companion   diagnos1c •  PK/PD  correla1ons  and  determine  dose  and  schedule   •  Determine  biologically  effec1ve  dosePredic1ve •  Iden1fy  pa1ents  most  likely  to  respond,  or  are  least   •  Companion  diagnos1c  test  (e.g.   likely  to  suffer  an  adverse  event  when  treated  with  a   hercep1n,  EGFR) drug.Resistance •  Iden1fy  mechanisms  driving  acquired  drug  resistance •  Muta1on  analyses  (e.g.  Bcr-­‐Abl   muta1on  in  ima1nib  treated   CML)Prognos1c •  Predicts  course  of  disease  independent  of  any  specific   •  Approved  tests  (e.g.  CellSearch,   treatment  modality Mammaprint)Surrogate •   Approved  registra1onal  endpoints •  Commercial  diagnos1c  tests  (e.g.   LDL,  HbA1c,  viral  load,  blood   pressure)
  • 6. The  Biomarker  Hypothesis  •  Biomarkers  will:   –  Reduce  development  1me  for  ac1ve  compounds   –  Accelerate  failure  of  unsafe  or  inac1ve  compounds   –  Reduce  average  development  costs  for  approved   compounds   –  Lead  to  beLer  outcomes  for  cancer  pa1ents  •  The  costs  for  biomarker  research  will  be  more  than   compensated  by  increased  efficiency  of  the  drug   development  process:   –  Early  at-­‐risk  investment  in  biomarkers  leads  to  more   approved  compounds  with  beLer  pa1ent  outcomes  and   stronger  cases  for  reimbursement  
  • 7. The  Biomarker  Paradox      There  are  11,166  biomarkers  listed  in  GOBIOM  database   (01/31/2011)     -­‐  BUT  -­‐   only  32  valid  genomic  biomarkers  in  FDA    approved  drug   labels   -­‐  AND  -­‐  0  are  mul1plex  IVD’s    based  on  proteomic  or  genomic  profiles  
  • 8. Protein  Kinase  Inhibitors:  A  Model  for  Biomarker  Development  in  Oncology  •  216*  protein  kinase  drugs  in  Phase  II  or  III  for  cancer  indica1ons  (23%):   –  Most  common  cancer  drugs  in  oncology  development  (23%*)   –  2nd  most  common  drug  class  aker  G-­‐protein  coupled  receptors  (GPCR)  in  all  indica1ons  •  12  drugs  approved  by  FDA  for  cancer  indica1ons  that  target  receptor   tyrosine  kinases  (RTK):   –  7  have  predic1ve  markers  in  the  drug  label   –  No  other  cancer  drug  classes  have  predic1ve  markers  in  their  labels  when  launched  •  Biomarkers  are  required  for  RTK  drug  development  to:   –  Predict  dependency  on  specific  signaling  pathways   –  Screen  for  acquired  drug  resistance   –  Monitor  pathological  changes  during  disease  progression   *The Beacon Group, 2010
  • 9. Targeted  Therapy  with  Tyrosine  Kinase  Inhibitors    Mul1ple  druggable   approaches  to  inhibi1ng   protein  kinase  signaling:   –  Reduce  ligand  –  bevacizumab   (Avas1n)  binds  VEGF  and  reduces   ligand-­‐dependant  receptor   ac1va1on   –  Block  receptor  –  cetuximab   (Erbitux)  blocks  EGFR  and   prevents  ligand-­‐induced  receptor   ac1va1on   –  Inhibit  intracellular  kinase  –   erlo1nib  (Tarceva)  inhibits  the   intracellular  phosphoryla1on  of   Ciardiello & Tortora, New Engl. J. Med. 358:1160, 2008 EGFR  kinase    
  • 10. Signal  Transduc1on  Pathways  are  Ini1ated   by  Mul1ple  Pathological  Events     A: Normal signal B: Activate intracellular Transduction Kinase (mutation or translocation) C: Mutate intermediate D: Receptor gene pathway member amplification (e.g. KRAS) E: Increase ligand F: Utilize alternative expression Receptor (e.g. MET)
  • 11. Approved  Companion  Diagnos1cs:  2011  Markers Direct  Markers Secondary   Molecular   Markers Profiles*Readout Drug  target  status Downstream   Consolidated   pathway profilesExamples HER2+   KRAS  wt ER+   CD20+   BCR-­‐ABL  (Ph+)   KIT+   EGFR+   BRAF   EML4-­‐ALK  
  • 12. Companion  diagnos1cs:  KRAS  in   colorectal  cancer   Karapetis et al., 2008    Predic1ve  values  of  KRAS  muta1ons  in   colorectal  cancer  (Raponi  et  al.,  2008)  :   –   35%  PPV   –  97%  NPV  
  • 13. No  IVDMIA  Tests  Approved  as   Companion  Diagnos1cs  Test   Company   Companion   Prognos*c   Diagnos*c   Test  Mammaprint   Agendia   No   Yes  Tumor  of   Pathwork   No   Yes  Unknown  Origin   Diagnos1cs  Allomap   XDx   No   Yes  An IVDMIA is a device that combines the values of multiple variables using aninterpretation function to yield a single, patient-specific result that is intended for usein the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment orprevention of disease and provides a result whose derivation is non-transparent andcannot be independently derived or verified by the end user.Draft Guidance for Industry, Clinical Laboratories, and FDA staff – Multivariate Index Assays (Rockville, MD:FDA, Center for Devices and Radiologic Health, 2007)
  • 14. Efficacy  Biomarker  Discovery  &   Valida1on   Phase  I   Phase  I   Pre-­‐ Post-­‐ Dose   Extension   Phase  II   Phase  III   Clinical   Launch   Escala1on   at  MTD   N 0 0 >30 >80 >200Simple in  vivo  &   2nd  Biomarker 1st     1st   Valida1on   in  vitro  (e.g. BRAF Training    Valida1on   &   models   Registra1on  V600E) 2nd   in  vivo  &  Molecular 1st   1st   1st   Valida1on   in  vitro   Training   Training   Valida1on   &    Profile models   Registra1on   N: # patients treated at or above biological effective dose
  • 15. Biomarkers  for  Oncology  Targeted   Therapies  PD/MOA Biomarkers Predictive BiomarkersCD3,  CD4,  CD5,  CD8,  CD19,CD20,  CD41,  IgA,  IgM,  IgG,  Estradiol,  Estrone,  Estrone  sulfate,  soluble  HER2,  PET  tratsuzumab,  Testosterone,  Androstenedione,  SHBG,  plasma  HDL,  Albumin,  Treg,  CD8,  CBC,  CD4+,  Caspase  3-­‐9,  Bcl2,  PDGFR,  cKIT,  ER,  PR,  Ki67,  pS2,  IgA,  IgG,  IgM,  IgG,  IgA,  IgM,  20S  proteasome,  EGFR,  pEGFR,  Ki67,p27,   Ph+,  KRAS,  pMAPK,  AKT,  pAKT  ,  kera1n  1,  STAT3,   EGFR,  KIT,  VEGF,  FDG-­‐PET,  CT,  DCE-­‐MRI,  plasma  PLG,   HER2,  CECs,  EGFR,  pEGFR,  Ki67,p27,  TGFalpha  ,   BRAF,  ALK  amphiregulin,  epiregulin,  EGFRvIII,  MEK,  ERK1,  pERK1,  ERK2,  pERK2,  ac1n,  Acetylated  H3,  H4,  HDAC2-­‐6,  TopoIIa,  HP1,    KRAS,  SRC,  pSRC,  pBCR/ABL,  pCRKL,    IGFR1,  pS6,  TGF-­‐alpha,  p95,  4EBP1,  p4E-­‐BP1,  eIF-­‐4G,  S6,  pS6,  IDO,  TNFalpha,  ……………..  
  • 16. Oncology  CoDx:  Nine  Drugs  Against  Six  Targets  Date   Drug   Markers   FDA  Oncology  Approvals   6  1998   trastuzumab   HER2  2007   lapa1nib   HER2,  EGFR   5  2001   ima1nib   BCR-­‐ABL,  KIT   4  2006     dasa1nib   BCR-­‐ABL   3  2007   nilo1nib   BCR-­‐ABL  2004   cetuximab   KRAS   2  2006   panitumumab   KRAS   1  2011   crizo1nib   EML4-­‐ALK   0  2011   vemurafenib   BRAF   No  CoDx   With  CoDx  
  • 17. Oncology  Drug  Approvals:  Room  for  Improvement   Hazard Ratio (HR) in randomized, controlled trial supporting 1st approved indication (data from•  >500  targeted  therapies  in  clinical   development   1.00   Marker  +’ve  only   –  <10%  of  therapies  entering  Phase  1  tes1ng   0.90   will  eventually  achieve  regulatory  approval   Allcomers   0.80  •  Most  recently  approved  Oncology   0.70   drugs  have  only  modest   0.60   improvements  in  hazard  ra1os  (HR)   0.50  •  Effec1ve  targe1ng  of  tumors  with   0.40   predic1ve  markers  significantly   0.30   improves  HR  in  defined  subsets:   0.20   –  BRAF  muta1on  in  melanoma   0.10   –  EML4-­‐ALK  transloca1on  in  NSCLC   0.00   Gleevec   Tykerb   Zactema   Sutent   Zelboraf   Votrient   Zy1ga   Erbitux   Provenge   Avas1n   Tarceva   Iressa   Torisel   Hercep1n   Yervoy   Nexavar   Afinitor  
  • 18. Biomarkers  Can  be  the  Difference  in   Eventual  Approval  of  New  Drugs   Probability of Success MOA  poorly   MOA  well   understood   understood   Available   clinical   15%   75%   biomarker   No  clinical   biomarker   5%   35%   Adapted from E. Zerhouni – with permission
  • 19. Conclusion  •  Clinical  innova1on  always  takes  longer  than  expected:   –  Biomarkers  are  no  excep1on!   –  Diseases  are  complex  and  individual  biomarker  effect  sizes  are  oken  too  small  •  Biomarker  science  is  the  major  cause  of  the  delay:   –  When  important  markers  emerge  (e.g.  crizo1nib,  vemurafenib),  regulatory  authori1es  have  adapted   quickly  and  adjusted  previous  requirements  to  include  them  in  the  drug  labels   –  We  have  been  much  more  successful  with  PD/MOA  than  predic1ve  biomarkers   –  To  date,  we  have  largely  failed  to  develop  complex  molecular  profiles  as  useful  predic1ve  markers  •  Companion  diagnos1cs  will  remain  rare  un1l  we  can  develop  more  biomarkers  with:   –  Strong  predic1ve  values   –  Evidence  they  are  predic1ve  not  prognos1c   –  Available  “fit-­‐for-­‐purpose”  assays   –  Ac1onable  data  •  To  be  successful,  we  must  change  the  way  we  implement  biomarker  research  in   pharmaceu1cal  development:   –  Implement  biomarker  work  much  earlier  in  the  development  plan   –  Modify  clinical  trial  design  to  enable  biomarker  discovery  valida1on   –  Demonstrate  that  biomarker  data  improves  the  drug  development  process