Purpose: Lifirafenib is an investigational, reversible inhibitor of B-RAFV600E, wild-type A-RAF, B-RAF, C-RAF, and EGFR. This first-in-human, phase I, dose-escalation/dose-expansion study evaluated the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of lifirafenib in patients with B-RAF- or K-RAS/N-RAS-mutated solid tumors.
Methods: During dose escalation, adult patients with histologically/cytologically confirmed advanced solid tumors received escalating doses of lifirafenib. Primary end points were safety/tolerability during dose escalation and objective response rate in preselected patients with B-RAF and K-RAS/N-RAS mutations during dose expansion.
Results: The maximum tolerated dose was established as 40 mg/d; dose-limiting toxicities included reversible thrombocytopenia and nonhematologic toxicity. Across the entire study, the most common grade ≥ 3 treatment-emergent adverse events were hypertension (n = 23; 17.6%) and fatigue (n = 13; 9.9%). One patient with B-RAF-mutated melanoma achieved complete response, and 8 patients with B-RAF mutations had confirmed objective responses: B-RAFV600E/K melanoma (n = 5, including 1 patient treated with prior B-RAF/MEK inhibitor therapy), B-RAFV600E thyroid cancer/papillary thyroid cancer (PTC; n = 2), and B-RAFV600E low-grade serous ovarian cancer (LGSOC; n = 1). One patient with B-RAF-mutated non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) had unconfirmed partial response (PR). Patients with K-RAS-mutated endometrial cancer and K-RAS codon 12-mutated NSCLC had confirmed PR (n = 1 each). No responses were seen in patients with K-RAS/N-RAS-mutated colorectal cancer (n = 20).
Conclusion: Lifirafenib is a novel inhibitor of key RAF family kinases and EGFR, with an acceptable risk-benefit profile and antitumor activity in patients with B-RAFV600-mutated solid tumors, including melanoma, PTC, and LGSOC, as well as K-RAS-mutated NSCLC and endometrial carcinoma. Future comparisons with first-generation B-RAF inhibitors and exploration of lifirafenib alone or as combination therapy in patients with selected RAS mutations who are resistant/refractory to first-generation B-RAF inhibitors are warranted.
Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02610361.