Study of a DNA Immunotherapy to Treat Melanoma | Recruiting
Study of a DNA Immunotherapy to Treat Melanoma

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Health Conditions
  • Malignant Melanoma
Primary Contact Details
Recruitment Status
Primary Trial ID Number
The study is an investigation of a novel immunotherapy, SCIB1, for the treatment of melanoma. SCIB1 is a solution of plasmid DNA molecules which will express a modified antibody in human cells. The antibody modifications are designed to stimulate the patient's immune T cells to have a strong and specific reaction against melanoma cells which should then be eliminated. SCIB1 is injected into muscle using a device which simultaneously delivers an electrical impulse to enhance the transfer of SCIB1 into muscle cells. The trial will assess the safety and tolerability of SCIB1, the safety and performance of the injection device and the immunological effects of SCIB1. This is the first study of SCIB1 in humans and the trial has two parts, in the first part the dose will be escalated to determine a safe and tolerable level up to a maximum of 8 mg per dose. In the second part patients will receive the dose determined in the first part. Patients will have stage III or IV melanoma, be HLA type A2 and have a life expectancy of at least three months. All patients will receive 5 injections of SCIB1 over 5.5 months. At the discretion of the investigator, patients may continue to receive SCIB1 at 3-6 month intervals for 5 years. The study will be conducted at major cancer centres in the UK only and is expected to last for seven years. Patients will be followed up for five years after they have completed the trial.
Research Details
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Phase 1/Phase 2
Study Design
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Type
Biological : SCIB1

Study Arm Groups : SCIB1

Intervention Type
See Interventions above
Primary Outcome Measures
  • Safety & Tolerability; Duration of treatment phase: up to 5.5 years
Secondary Outcome Measures
  • Safety, tolerability, biological and clinical effects; Duration of treatment phase: up to 5.5 years
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Result Reports
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Age Range
18 Years - N/A
Who Can Participate
Number of Participants
Participant Inclusion Criteria
  • Inclusion Criteria:
  • Part One and Part Two (8.0 mg dose):
  • - Histologically confirmed Stage IV or Stage III malignant melanoma, as defined by the
  • American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC).
  • - Must have measurable disease (RECIST 1.0)
  • Part Two (4.0 mg dose) only:
  • - Histologically confirmed, resected Stage III or resected Stage IV malignant melanoma,
  • as defined by the AJCC, within 12 months of resection and with no tumour detectable
  • at the time of screening.
  • Part One and Part Two:
  • - HLA-A2 positive.
  • - Positive for HLA-DR4, HLA-DR7, HLA-DR53 or HLA-DQ6.
  • - Lymphocyte count ≥ 500,000 cells/mL.
  • - Serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) ≤ upper limit of normal.
  • - Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status ≤ 2.
  • - Willing and able to give written, informed consent.
  • - If male or female of childbearing potential, must be willing to use an effective
  • contraceptive during the course of the study and for three months afterwards.
  • Exclusion Criteria:
  • - Known brain metastases at screening.
  • - Life expectancy of less than three months.
  • - Patients with TNM classification M1c at screening.
  • - Prior systemic anti-cancer treatment within four weeks of screening.
  • - Prior treatment with systemic corticosteroids or other immunosuppressants within four
  • weeks of screening.
  • - Previous (within five years) or current malignancy at other sites with the exception
  • of curatively treated local tumours such as carcinoma-in-situ of the cervix, basal or
  • squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.
  • - Pregnant or lactating women.
  • - Presence of any uncontrolled and significant medical or psychiatric condition which
  • would interfere with trial safety assessments. Caution should be used for patients
  • with suspected or diagnosed epilepsy.
  • - Any electronic stimulation device such as cardiac demand pacemaker, automatic
  • implantable cardiac defibrillator, nerve stimulators or deep brain stimulators.
  • - Individuals in which a skin-fold measurement of the cutaneous and subcutaneous tissue
  • for all eligible injection sites (deltoid or quadriceps muscles with intact lymph
  • drainage) exceeds 40 mm.
  • - Individuals with a heart rate of ≤ 50 beats per minute, history of significant
  • cardiac abnormality and/or significant abnormal baseline electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • readout.
  • - Treatment with any investigational product within the four weeks preceding screening.
Participant Exclusion Criteria
This is in the inclusion criteria above
Trial Location(s)
Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
M20 4BX
St. James University Hospital
Southampton General Hospital
SO16 6YD
Nottingham University Hospitals, City Campus
The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Trial Contact(s)
Primary Trial Contact
Poulam M Patel, MD
+44 115 8231850
Other Trial Contacts
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Countries Recruiting
United Kingdom
Scientific Title
A Phase I/II Trial of SCIB1, a DNA Immunotherapy, in the Treatment of Patients With Malignant Melanoma
EudraCT Number
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Other Study ID Numbers
Scancell Ltd
Key Dates

Recruitment Start Date

May 2010

Recruitment End Date

Dec 2018

Trial Start Date
Date Not Available
Trial End Date
Date Not Available
Date Assigned

24 May 2010

Last Updated

19 Dec 2014