for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at La Jolla, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion



This study will test whether vaccination with viagenpumatucel-L combined with strategies to modulate the immune response is safe for patients with non-small cell lung adenocarcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma for incurable or metastatic disease. These methods collectively use the body's immune system to target the patient's own tumor. Immunosuppression hinders that response, and may develop in NSCLC patients in a variety of ways, such as activation of checkpoint pathways in the tumor microenvironment. Drugs that disrupt checkpoint molecule signaling like anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibodies nivolumab, may release this brake on the immune system. Tumor expression of PD-L1 plays an important role in patient response to checkpoint inhibitors; in general, clinical response to checkpoint inhibitors requires tumor expression of PD-L1 and presence of Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes (TIL). Combining viagenpumatucel-L with anti-PD-1 agents may enhance the vaccine's anti-tumor activity while prolonging or increasing the efficacy of the checkpoint inhibitor.

Official Title

A Phase 1b/2 Study of Viagenpumatucel-L (HS-110) in Combination With Multiple Treatment Regimens in Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (The "DURGA" Trial)


Non-small Cell Lung Cancer lung cancer gp96 vaccine immunotherapy Heat Biologics Nivolumab checkpoint inhibitor Lung Neoplasms Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung Pembrolizumab Pemetrexed Viagenpumatucel-L


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Non-small cell lung adenocarcinoma or squamous cell carcimona
  • At least one site of measurable disease by RECIST 1.1
  • Arm 5: Received at least one prior line of therapy, but no more than three prior lines of therapy, for incurable (i.e. unresectable) or metastatic NSCLC. Up to one prior line of FDA-approved checkpoint inhibitor therapy is permitted (must have received at least 4 months of treatment) --OR--
  • Arm 6: Received front line immunotherapy (with or without chemotherapy) for incurable or metastatic NSCLC and did not progress clinically or radiographically per RECIST 1.1 at the most recent imaging assessment, and will begin maintenance immunotherapy with standard of care pembrolizumab ± pemetrexed.
  • Life expectancy ≥18 weeks
  • Arm 5: Disease progression at study entry --OR--
  • Arm 6: Documented Stable Disease, Partial Response, Complete Response (SD/PR/CR) per RECIST 1.1 after a minimum of 9 to 12 weeks of front line immunotherapy (with or without chemotherapy).
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status (PS) of 0 or 1
  • Central nervous system (CNS) metastases may be permitted but must be treated and neurologically stable
  • Adequate laboratory parameters
  • Willing and able to comply with the protocol and sign informed consent
  • Female patients who are of childbearing potential and fertile male patients must agree to use an effective form of contraception throughout study participation
  • Willing to provide archival or fresh tumor biopsy at Screening, and fresh tumor biopsy at Week 10 when feasible.
  • Arm 5: Suitable for treatment with nivolumab per package insert --OR--
  • Arm 6: Suitable for front line maintenance treatment with pembrolizumab ± pemetrexed per the current approved package inserts.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Arm 5: Received systemic anticancer therapy within 21 days prior to first dose of study drug
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B or C, or severe/uncontrolled infections or concurrent illness, unrelated to the tumor, requiring active therapy
  • Any condition requiring concurrent systemic immunosuppressive therapy
  • Known immunodeficiency disorders, either primary or acquired
  • Known leptomeningeal disease
  • Active malignancies within 12 months with the exception of those with a negligible risk of metastasis or death treated with expected curative outcome
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Prior participation in a clinical study of viagenpumatucel-L (HS-110)
  • Administration of a live vaccine within 30 days prior to first dose of study drug
  • Active, known or suspected autoimmune disease
  • Significant cardiovascular disease
  • Refractory to prior immunotherapy (clinical or radiographic progression after 12 weeks or less of immunotherapy).


  • UC San Diego
    La Jolla California 92093 United States
  • University of Arizona Cancer Center
    Tucson Arizona 85724 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
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