Population Pharmacokinetic Analysis of Bintrafusp Alfa in Different Cancer Types

Adv Ther. 2019 Sep;36(9):2414-2433. doi: 10.1007/s12325-019-01018-0. Epub 2019 Jul 5.


Introduction: Bintrafusp alfa, an innovative first-in-class bifunctional fusion protein composed of the extracellular domain of the TGF-βRII receptor (a TGF-β "trap") fused to a human IgG1 monoclonal antibody blocking programmed death ligand 1, has shown promising antitumor activity and manageable safety.

Methods: To support the dosing strategy for bintrafusp alfa, we developed a population pharmacokinetics model using a full covariate modeling approach, based on pharmacokinetic and covariate data from 644 patients with various solid tumors who received bintrafusp alfa intravenously in two clinical studies.

Results: A two-compartmental linear model best described bintrafusp alfa concentrations, and no time-varying clearance was identified. Using this model, the estimated clearance was 0.0158 l/h (relative standard error, 4.1%), and the central and peripheral volume of distribution were 3.21 l (relative standard error, 3.2%) and 0.483 l (relative standard error, 9.8%), respectively. The estimated mean elimination half-life of bintrafusp alfa was 6.93 days (95% CI 4.69-9.65 days). Several intrinsic factors (bodyweight, albumin, sex, and tumor type) were found to influence bintrafusp alfa pharmacokinetics, but none of these covariate effects was considered clinically meaningful and no dosage adjustments are recommended. Notably, simulations from the model suggested less variability in exposure metrics with flat dosing versus weight-based dosing.

Conclusions: Pharmacokinetic analysis of bintrafusp alfa supports the use of a flat dose regimen in further clinical trials (recommended phase 2 dose: 1200 mg every 2 weeks).

Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov identifiers: NCT02517398 and NCT02699515.

Funding: Merck Healthcare KGaA as part of an alliance between Merck Healthcare KGaA and GlaxoSmithKline.

Keywords: Bifunctional; Bintrafusp alfa; M7824; PD-L1; Population pharmacokinetics; TGF-β.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / administration & dosage
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / pharmacokinetics*
  • B7-H1 Antigen / drug effects
  • Body Weight
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunotherapy / methods
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Molecular Targeted Therapy / methods*
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • B7-H1 Antigen
  • CD274 protein, human

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT02517398
  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT02699515
  • figshare/10.6084/m9.figshare.8218181