A Phase 2a, Open-Label Biomarker Study of IC14 for the Treatment of Patients With

Study Purpose:

Patients with rapidly progressive ALS will be assigned to IC14 intravenously on Day 1-4. This 4-day course will be repeated on Days 8-11. Patients will all undergo MR-PET scans at two time points: before treatment onset and after the last treatment cycle. This scan will measure areas of ALS disease activity and assess response to IC14 treatment. MR-PET scans will be compared to historical controls.

Study Status:

Not recruiting


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Study Type:


Type of Intervention:


Intervention Name:

Biologic: IC14 (monoclonal antibody against human CD14)




Phase 2

Study Chair(s)/Principal Investigator(s):

Jan Agosti, MD, Implicit Bioscience Ltd.

Clinicaltrials.gov ID:


Neals Affiliated?


Coordinating Center Contact Information

Full Study Summary:

This is an open-label, biomarkers-driven study.

Patients with rapidly progressive ALS will be assigned to the following dose regimen of IC14:

• 4 mg/kg intravenously on Day 1, followed by 2 mg/kg daily x 3 days on Days 2-4. This 4-day course will be repeated on Days 8-11.

Patients will be followed for 28 days after the last dose of study drug. Patients will all undergo [11C]-PBR28-MR-PET scans at two time points: before treatment onset and after the last treatment cycle.

Patients will be followed for 28 days after the last dose of study drug for safety.

Study Sponsor:

Implicit Bioscience

Estimated Study Start Date:

09 / 01 / 2019

Estimated Study Completion Date:

07 / 12 / 2021

Posting Last Modified Date:

06 / 24 / 2020

Date Study Added to neals.org:

03 / 22 / 2018

Minimum Age:

18 Years

Maximum Age:

80 Years

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Capable of providing informed consent and informed consent form signed prior to initiation of any study-specific procedures.

2. Familial or sporadic ALS defined as clinically possible, probable, or definite by El Escorial Criteria.

3. Rapidly progressive ALS defined by the Revised ALS Functional Rating Scale (ALSFRS-R) slope ≥1 (48 minus ALSFRS-R score at screening / disease duration in months ≥ 1).

4. Upper Motor Neuron Burden Score of ≥ 25 (out of 45) at screening

5. First symptoms of ALS within 3 years of the screening visit

6. Age between 18 and 80 years at the time of the screening visit.

7. Not taking riluzole or edaravone or on a stable dose of riluzole or edaravone for at least 3 months prior to screening visit.

8. Adequate bone marrow reserve, renal and liver function:

1. absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1500/µL

2. lymphocyte count < 6000/µL

3. platelet count ≥ 150,000/µL

4. hemoglobin ≥ 11 g/dL

5. creatinine clearance ≥ 60 mL/min

6. alanine transaminase (ALT) and/or aspartate transaminase (AST) ≤ 3x upper limits of normal (ULN)

7. total bilirubin ≤ 1.5x ULN

8. serum albumin ≥ 2.8 g/dL

9. Females of childbearing potential should be using and committed to continue using one of the following acceptable birth control methods:

1. Sexual abstinence (inactivity) for 1 month prior to screening through study completion; or

2. Intrauterine device (IUD) in place for at least 3 months prior to study through study completion; or

3. Stable hormonal contraception for at least 3 months prior to study through study completion; or

4. Surgical sterilization (vasectomy) of male partner at least 6 months prior to study.

10. To be considered of non-childbearing potential, females should be surgically sterilized (bilateral tubal ligation, hysterectomy, or bilateral oophorectomy at least 2 months prior to study) or be post-menopausal and at least 3 years since last menses.

11. Males with female partners of childbearing potential must use contraception through study completion.

12. Ability to safely lie flat for 90 min for magnetic resonance-positron emission tomography (MR-PET) procedures in the opinion of the Investigator.

13. Patients must also have a genotype associated with a high or mixed affinity translocator protein (TSPO) (Ala/Ala or Ala/Thr) and ability to safely undergo MR-PET scans based on the opinion of the Investigator.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Dependence on invasive or non-invasive ventilation, defined as being unable to lay supine without it, unable to sleep without it, or continuous daytime use; presence of tracheostomy at screening; or presence of diaphragm pacing system at screening.

2. Exposure to any experimental treatment for ALS within the last 30 days or five half-lives, whichever is longer.

3. Treatment within 12 months with immunomodulator or immunosuppressant agent (including but not limited to cyclophosphamide, cyclosporine, interferon-α, interferon-β-1a, rituximab, alemtuzumab, azathioprine, etanercept, infliximab, adalimumab, certolizumab, golimumab, anakinra, rilonacept, secukinumab, tocilizumab, mycophenolate mofetil, methotrexate, cell-depleting agents, total lymphoid irradiation, dimethyl fumarate). Treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) within 2 months. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are acceptable.

4. Exposure at any time to any cell or gene therapies under investigation for the treatment of ALS.

5. Known active current or history of recurrent bacterial, viral, fungal, mycobacterial or other opportunistic infections; or major episode of infection requiring hospitalization or treatment with intravenous (IV) antibiotics within 4 weeks.

6. Live-attenuated vaccines within 30 days before dosing. Subjects must agree to forego live-attenuated vaccines throughout the study, including 60 days after the last dose of study drug.

7. History of severe allergic or anaphylactic reactions to human, humanized or murine monoclonal antibodies.

8. History of one or more of the following: cardiac insufficiency (New York Heart Association [NYHA] III/IV), uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmias, unstable ischemic heart disease, or uncontrolled hypertension (systolic blood pressure > 170 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure > 110 mmHg).

9. History of myocardial infarction, or cerebrovascular accident.

10. Unstable pulmonary, renal, hepatic, endocrine or hematologic disease.

11. Autoimmune disease, mixed connective tissue disease, scleroderma, polymyositis, or significant systemic involvement secondary to rheumatoid arthritis.

12. Evidence of active malignant disease, malignancies diagnosed within the previous 5 years, or breast cancer diagnosed within the previous 5 years (except skin cancers other than melanoma).

13. History of human immunodeficiency virus infection or other immunodeficiency illness.

14. Unstable psychiatric illness defined as psychosis or untreated major depression within 90 days.

15. History of drug abuse (not including marijuana use) or alcoholism within the past 12 months.

16. Significant neuromuscular disease other than ALS.

17. Other ongoing disease that may cause neuropathy, such as toxin exposure, dietary deficiency, uncontrolled diabetes, hyperthyroidism, cancer, systemic lupus erythematosus or other connective diseases, infection with HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV), or hepatitis C (HCV), Lyme disease, multiple myeloma, Waldenström's macroglobulinemia, amyloid, and hereditary neuropathy.

18. Pregnancy or breastfeeding.

19. Deprivation of freedom by administrative or court order.

20. Any contraindication to undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies such as history of a cardiac pacemaker or pacemaker wires; metallic particles in the body; vascular clips in the head; prosthetic heart valves; or severe claustrophobia.

21. Unwilling or unable to discontinue benzodiazepine usage [other than lorazepam (Ativan®), clonazepam (Klonopin®), or zolpidem (Ambien®)] for one day prior to and during scanning.

22. Research imaging-related radiation exposure exceeds current institutional Radiology Department guidelines

Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital

Herston, Queensland 4006