This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition melanoma
Treatments hyperacute vaccine, pegylated interferon-alpha 2b
Phase phase 2
Sponsor Ochsner Health System
Collaborator NewLink Genetics Corporation
Start date June 2008
End date June 2010
Trial size 30 participants
Trial identifier NCT00746746, IND# 13647, USA-MCI-01


The purpose of this study is to determine the safety of giving subjects with advanced, recurrent or refractory melanoma the HyperAcute® Melanoma vaccine with a variant of a drug, called Interferon (PEG-Intron®) that is specially formulated to be given on a weekly basis (instead of daily). The study vaccine (HyperAcute®-Melanoma) is made from three types of human melanoma cell lines (grown in the laboratory) in which the genes have been slightly changed. This clinical study will try to discover the safety of the study vaccine combined with PEG-Intron®, its side effects and the potential benefits, if any.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation non-randomized
Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment

Primary Outcomes

To conduct scientific studies of patient tumor and peripheral blood samples to determine the mechanism of any observed anti-tumor effect involving the immune responses to the HyperAcute® vaccine alone & combined with PEG-Intron
time frame: 2 years

Secondary Outcomes

To determine the safety and response rate of the administration of the HyperAcute®-Melanoma Vaccine combined with PEG-Intron® into patients with recurrent, refractory, metastatic, or high risk of recurrence melanoma
time frame: 2 years

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 19 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - 19 years or older - Histological diagnosis of melanoma - AJCC Stage IIIC (any T, N1b, N2b, N3, M0) or Stage IV (any T, and N, M1), metastatic, progressive, refractory, recurrent or high risk of recurrence melanoma. - Expected survival of more than 6 months - Adequate organ function - Measurable or non-measurable disease - Must have negative serologies for Hepatitis B and C and HIV prior to entering study - Must be more than 4 weeks since major surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy or biotherapy/targeted therapies - Male and female subjects of child producing potential must agree to use contraception or avoidance pregnancy measures while enrolled on the study and for one month after the last immunization. Exclusion Criteria: - Active CNS metastases or carcinomatous meningitis - Hypercalcemia - Pregnant or nursing women - Other malignancy within five years - History of organ transplant or current active immunosuppressive therapy - Subjects taking systemic corticosteroid therapy - Active infection or antibiotics within 1-week prior to study - Uncontrolled or significant congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, ventricular arrhythmias or pulmonary dysfunction - Autoimmune disease - A known allergy to any component of the HyperAcute vaccine or PEG-Intron - Patients having undergone splenectomy - Patients with sickle-cell anemia or thalassemia major.

Additional Information

Official title A Phase II Study of an Anti-Tumor Immunotherapy Regimen Comprised of Pegylated Interferon-Alpha 2b (PEG-Intron)and HyperAcute Melanoma Vaccine for Subjects With Advanced Melanoma
Principal investigator Adam I Riker, MD
Description This study will look at the anti-tumor vaccine effect, side effects and toxicity of the HyperAcute® Vaccine with PEG-Intron®. It is hoped that the immune system's response to these genetically engineered melanoma cells and PEG-Intron® will cause a reaction that will make it react to and attack and kill the melanoma cells and keep it from growing, possibly causing the tumors to shrink. Patients that are eligible are 19 years or older and have been diagnosed with advanced, treatment resistant or recurrent melanoma, an aggressive usually pigmented form of skin cancer.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in January 2011.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Ochsner Health System.