First-line onartuzumab plus erlotinib treatment for patients with MET-positive and EGFR mutation-positive non-small-cell lung cancer

Cancer Treat Res Commun. 2019;18:100113. doi: 10.1016/j.ctarc.2018.10.004. Epub 2018 Oct 31.


Introduction: The phase II JO28638 study evaluated first-line onartuzumab plus erlotinib in patients with MET-positive advanced, metastatic, or post-operative recurrent non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations. The study was stopped following termination of the global METLung study (OAM4971g), which showed lack of efficacy in the onartuzumab/erlotinib arm. We present immature efficacy and safety data from JO28638.

Materials and methods: Chemotherapy-naïve patients aged ≥ 20 years were enrolled. Patients received onartuzumab (15 mg/kg every 3 weeks) plus erlotinib (150 mg once daily) until progression or unacceptable toxicity. The co-primary endpoints were investigator (INV)-assessed progression-free survival (PFS) and safety. Secondary endpoints: overall response rate (ORR), disease control rate (DCR), overall survival (OS), duration of response (DOR), and pharmacokinetics. Exploratory biomarker analyses were also conducted.

Results: 61 patients received treatment. Median age was 67 years and most patients had stage IV NSCLC (71%), MET-IHC score 2 (87%), and exon 19 deletion EGFR mutation (53%). Median PFS (INV) was 8.5 months (95% confidence interval [CI] 6.8-12.4); median OS was 15.6 months (95% CI 15.6-not evaluable); ORR was 68.9% (95% CI 55.7-80.1); median DOR was not reached; DCR was 88.5% (95% CI 77.8-95.3). Pharmacokinetics were similar to previous studies. All patients experienced an adverse event (AE); 26 patients discontinued treatment due to AEs; no grade 5 AEs were reported. No significant correlation was found between biomarkers and efficacy outcomes.

Conclusion: The results presented are inconclusive due to the early termination of the study.

Keywords: Biomarkers; EGFR mutation-positive; MET-positive; NSCLC; Pharmacokinetics.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase II
  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / administration & dosage*
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / drug therapy*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / genetics
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / metabolism
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / secondary
  • ErbB Receptors / genetics
  • Erlotinib Hydrochloride / administration & dosage*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Lung Neoplasms / genetics
  • Lung Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Male
  • Mutation
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / drug therapy
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / genetics
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / metabolism
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology
  • Prognosis
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-met / metabolism
  • Survival Rate


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Erlotinib Hydrochloride
  • EGFR protein, human
  • ErbB Receptors
  • MET protein, human
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-met
  • onartuzumab