Sunvozertinib for patients in China with platinum-pretreated locally advanced or metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer and EGFR exon 20 insertion mutation (WU-KONG6): single-arm, open-label, multicentre, phase 2 trial

Lancet Respir Med. 2024 Mar;12(3):217-224. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(23)00379-X. Epub 2023 Dec 12.


Background: Sunvozertinib is an oral, irreversible, and selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor that has a favourable safety profile and encouraging antitumour activity, as shown in phase 1 studies of patients with heavily pretreated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with EGFR exon 20 insertion mutation (exon20ins). We aimed to assess the antitumour efficacy of sunvozertinib in patients with platinum-pretreated locally advanced or metastatic NSCLC with EGFR exon20ins.

Methods: WU-KONG6 is a single-group, open-label, multicentre phase 2 trial of sunvozertinib monotherapy, conducted across 37 medical centres in China. We enrolled adult patients with pathologically or cytologically confirmed locally advanced or metastatic NSCLC whose tumour tissue carried an EGFR exon20ins mutation. All patients had received at least one line of previous systemic therapy, with at least one line containing platinum-based chemotherapy. The primary endpoint was objective response rate (ORR), as assessed by the independent review committee. The ORR was defined as the percentage of patients who achieved complete or partial response, confirmed by two separate assessments with at least 4-week time interval, until disease progression or initiation of any new anti-cancer therapy. Enrolled patients received sunvozertinib 300 mg once daily until meeting discontinuation criteria per the protocol. Patients who received at least one dose of treatment and were evaluable for efficacy analysis were included in the primary analysis, and all patients who received at least one dose of treatment were included in the safety analysis. This study is registered with, CTR20211009, and, NCT05712902, and efficacy and safety follow-up are ongoing.

Findings: Between July 19, 2021, and May 6, 2022, 104 patients were enrolled. At data cutoff (Oct 17, 2022), the last enrolled patient had been followed up for about 6 months. Among 97 patients evaluable for efficacy analysis, 59 (61%) patients achieved tumour response, with a confirmed ORR of 61% (95% CI 50-71). All tumour responses were partial responses. Tumour responses were observed irrespective of age, sex, smoking history, EGFR exon20ins subtypes, brain metastasis at baseline, previous lines of therapy, and history of onco-immunotherapy. In total, 19 death events occurred over a median follow-up period of 7·6 months (IQR 6·1-9·4). Sunvozertinib was well tolerated at 300 mg once daily. The most common grade 3 or worse treatment-related adverse events were blood creatine phosphokinase increased (18 [17%] of 104), diarrhoea (eight [8%]), and anaemia (six [6%]). The most common serious treatment-related adverse events were interstitial lung disease (five [5%] of 104), anaemia (three [3%]), vomiting (two [2%]), nausea (two [2%]) and pneumonia (two [2%]).

Interpretation: In this phase 2 study, sunvozertinib demonstrated antitumour efficacy in patients with platinum-based chemotherapy pretreated NSCLC with EGFR exon20ins, with a manageable safety profile. A multinational randomised, phase 3 study of sunvozertinib versus platinum-doublet chemotherapy in EGFR exon20ins NSCLC is ongoing (NCT05668988).

Funding: Dizal Pharmaceutical.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase II
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anemia*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung* / drug therapy
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung* / genetics
  • China
  • ErbB Receptors / genetics
  • Exons / genetics
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms* / drug therapy
  • Lung Neoplasms* / genetics
  • Mutagenesis, Insertional


  • ErbB Receptors
  • EGFR protein, human

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