for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at UC Davis UCSD
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Michael Choi, MD (ucsd)
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Michael Choi



This is Phase 1b/2 study to investigate the safety and effectiveness of the investigational drug, cirmtuzumab, when given in combination with ibrutinib in patients with B-cell lymphoid malignancies. Cirmtuzumab is a monoclonal antibody that attaches to a protein (called ROR 1) that is found on hematologic tumor cells. ROR1 has been shown to play a role in cell signaling that cause leukemia and lymphoma cells to grow and survive. ROR1 is rarely found on healthy cells.

Official Title

A Phase 1b/2 Study of the ROR1-Targeting Monoclonal Antibody, Cirmtuzumab (UC-961), and the Bruton Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor, Ibrutinib, in Patients With B-Cell Lymphoid Malignancies


This is a Phase 1b/2 study to investigate the safety and effectiveness of the investigational drug, cirmtuzumab (INN:zilovertamab), when given in combination with ibrutinib in patients with B-cell lymphoid malignancies. The Phase 1b will be conducted in two parts (Part 1 and Part 2). Part 1 is a dose-finding evaluation of the sequential administration of cirmtuzumab monotherapy followed by cirmtuzumab and ibrutinib combination therapy in chronic lymphocytic leukemia /small lymphocytic leukemia (CLL/SLL), previously treated mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) subjects that are BTKI naiive or have received a prior Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor therapy, unless they demonstrated primary or acquired resistance to BTKi. Up to 48 subjects will be enrolled in Part 1 to determine the recommended dosing regimen (RDR). In Part 2, up to 60 subjects (CLL/SLL, MCL and MZL (marginal zone lymphoma) will be enrolled to further evaluate the safety and pharmacology of the cirmtuzumab and ibrutinib combination given at the RDR determined in Part 1 of the study. MZL subjects that have been previously treated and have relapsed after or progressed during at least one prior anti-CD20 -based therapy will be evaluated. In the Phase 2 (Part 3) portion of the study, approximately 30 subjects with CLL/SLL who may have received minimal prior BTK inhibitor therapy will be randomized to either Arm 1 (cirmtuzumab and ibrutinib) at the RDR or Arm 2 (ibrutinib alone) to evaluate the clinical activity and safety of the two arms.


B-cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma, Mantle Cell Lymphoma, Marginal Zone Lymphoma, Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Receptor Tyrosine Kinase-like Orphan Receptor 1 (ROR1), Bruton Tyrosine Kinase (BTK), Ibrutinib, Lymphoma, Lymphoid Leukemia, Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell, Mantle-Cell Lymphoma, Lymphoma, B-Cell, Marginal Zone, Cirmtuzumab (2-16 kg/mg) plus Ibrutinib, Cirmtuzumab (300mg) plus Ibrutinib, Cirmtuzumab (600 mg) plus ibrutinib, Cirmtuzumab (RDR) plus ibrutinib, Cirmtuzumab plus ibrutinib, Ibrutinib alone


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  1. Men and women of age ≥18 years.
  2. ECOG performance status of 0, 1, or 2
  3. Histological diagnosis of CLL/SLL, MCL or MZL (including splenic,nodal and extranodal subtypes) as documented in medical records (pathology reports and slides or blocks should be available for review or additional testing).
  4. MCL has been previously treated and has relapsed after or progressed during prior therapy. CLL/SLL may have been previously treated or are treatment naïve but now require therapy. MZL has been previously treated and has relapsed after or progressed during at least one prior anti-CD20 -based therapy
  5. A medically appropriate candidate for ibrutinib treatment (based on the judgement of the clinical investigator).
  6. Patients who have received prior BTK inhibitor therapy are eligible, unless they demonstrated primary or acquired resistance to a BTK inhibitor or experienced a serious or severe adverse event attributed to BTK inhibitor therapy.
  7. Presence of radiographically measurable lymphadenopathy or extranodal lymphoid malignancy (defined as the presence of ≥1 non-biopsied, non-irradiated lesion that measures >1.5 cm in the longest dimension [LD] and ≥1.0 cm in the longest perpendicular dimension [LPD] as assessed by computed tomography [CT] or magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]).
  8. Current medical need for therapy due to disease-related symptoms, lymphadenopathy, organomegaly, extranodal organ involvement, or progressive disease.
  9. Completion of all previous therapy (including any Bcl-2 or PI3K inhibitor therapy, surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or investigational therapy) for the treatment of cancer ≥1 week (or ≥3 half-lives of the previous drug) before the start of study therapy.

    10. All acute toxic effects of any prior antitumor therapy resolved to Grade ≤1 before the

    start of study therapy (with the exceptions of alopecia, or neurotoxicity [Grade 1 or 2 permitted], or selected laboratory parameters [Grade 1 or Grade 2 permitted with exceptions as noted below]).

    11. Adequate bone marrow function:

    1. Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥1.0 × 109/L.
    2. Platelet count ≥50 × 109/L.
    3. Hemoglobin ≥8.0 g/dL maintained for ≥1 week from any prior transfusion.
      1. Adequate hepatic profile:
    4. Serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) ≤3 × upper limit of normal (ULN).
    5. Serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST) ≤3 × ULN.
    6. Serum bilirubin ≤1.5 × ULN unless elevated due to Gilbert syndrome.
      1. Adequate renal function:
    7. Estimated creatinine clearance (eClCR) >30 mL/minute (with eClCR to be calculated by the Cockcroft-Gault formula [see Appendix 12.2]), or
    8. Measured creatinine clearance >30 mL/minute (as assessed with a 24-hour urine collection).
      1. Adequate coagulation profile:
    9. Prothrombin time (PT) ≤1.5 × ULN.
    10. Activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) ≤1.5 × ULN.
      1. Negative viral serology:
    11. Negative human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibody.
    12. Negative hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and negative hepatitis B core (HBc) antibody or undetectable hepatitis B (HBV) deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.
    13. Negative hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody or negative HCV RNA by quantitative PCR.
      1. For female patients of childbearing potential, a negative urine or serum pregnancy test prior to the start of study therapy.
        1. For female patients of childbearing potential, willingness to use a highly effective method of contraception from the start of the screening period until ≥3 months after the last dose of cirmtuzumab and ≥1 month after the last dose of ibrutinib, whichever is later. Note: A female patient is considered to be of childbearing potential unless she has had a hysterectomy, bilateral tubal ligation, or bilateral oophorectomy; has medically documented ovarian failure (with serum estradiol and follicle-stimulating hormone [FSH] levels within the institutional laboratory postmenopausal range and a negative serum or urine beta human chorionic gonadotropin [βHCG]); or is menopausal (age ≥50 years with amenorrhea for ≥6 months).
        2. For male patients who can father a child and are having intercourse with females of childbearing potential who are not using adequate contraception, willingness to use an effective method of contraception from the start of study therapy until ≥3 months after the last dose of cirmtuzumab and ≥3 months after the last dose of ibrutinib, whichever is later and to refrain from sperm donation from the start of study therapy until ≥3 months after administration of the final dose of either of the study drugs.

    Note: A male patient is considered able to father a child unless he has had a bilateral vasectomy with documented aspermia or a bilateral orchiectomy.

    19. In the judgment of the investigator, participation in the protocol offers an

    acceptable benefit-to-risk ratio when considering current disease status, medical condition, and the potential benefits and risks of alternative treatments for the patient's cancer.

    20. Willingness and ability of the patient to comply with scheduled visits, drug

    administration plan, protocol-specified laboratory tests, other study procedures, and study restrictions.

    21. Evidence of a personally signed informed consent indicating that the patient is aware

    of the neoplastic nature of the disease and has been informed of the procedures to be followed, the experimental nature of the therapy, alternatives, potential risks and discomforts, potential benefits, and other pertinent aspects of study participation.

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Known histological transformation to an aggressive lymphoma (ie, Richter transformation).
  2. Known central nervous system malignancy.
  3. Presence of another cancer with disease manifestations or therapy that could adversely affect subject safety or longevity, create the potential for drug-drug interactions, or compromise the interpretation of study results.
  4. Significant cardiovascular disease (eg, myocardial infarction, arterial thromboembolism, cerebrovascular thromboembolism) within 3 months prior to start of study therapy; angina requiring therapy; symptomatic peripheral vascular disease; New York Heart Association Class 3 or 4 congestive heart failure; or uncontrolled Grade ≥3 hypertension (diastolic blood pressure ≥100 mmHg or systolic blood pressure ≥160 mmHg) despite antihypertensive therapy.
  5. Significant screening ECG abnormalities, including unstable cardiac arrhythmia requiring medication, atrial fibrillation/flutter, left bundle branch block, 2nd-degree atrioventricular (AV) block type II, 3rd-degree AV block, or Grade ≥2 bradycardia.
  6. Gastrointestinal disease (eg, gastric or intestinal bypass surgery, pancreatic enzyme insufficiency, malabsorption syndrome, symptomatic inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrheal illness, bowel obstruction) that might interfere with drug absorption or with interpretation of gastrointestinal AEs.
  7. Contraindication for ibrutinib use because of bleeding diathesis.
  8. Evidence of an ongoing systemic bacterial, fungal, or viral infection (including upper respiratory tract infections) at the time of start of study therapy. Note: Patients with localized fungal infections of skin or nails are not precluded from participation.
  9. In patients with prior hematopoietic progenitor cell transplantation, evidence of ongoing graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).

    10. Pregnancy or breastfeeding. 11. Major surgery within 4 weeks before the start of study therapy. 12. Prior solid organ transplantation. 13. Prior anti-ROR1 therapy within 12 weeks prior to the start of study therapy. 14. Use of a moderate or strong inhibitor or inducer of cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4 within 7

    days prior to the expected start of ibrutinib therapy.

    15. Concurrent participation in another therapeutic or imaging clinical trial. 16. Any illness, medical condition, organ system dysfunction, or social situation,

    including mental illness or substance abuse, deemed by the investigator to be likely to interfere with a subject's ability to provide informed consent, adversely affect the subject's ability to cooperate and participate in the study, or compromise the interpretation of study results.


  • Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center at UCSD
    La Jolla California 92093 United States
  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Sacramento California 95817 United States
  • City of Hope (City of Hope National Medical Center, City of Hope Medical Center)
    Duarte California 91010 United States

Lead Scientist at University of California Health

  • Michael Choi, MD (ucsd)
    Associate Clinical Professor, Medicine, Vc-health Sciences-schools. Authored (or co-authored) 41 research publications


in progress, not accepting new patients
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Oncternal Therapeutics, Inc
Phase 1/2 research study
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About 102 people participating
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