for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at Irvine, California and other locations
study started
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This study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of intravesical administration of EG-70 in the bladder and its effect on bladder tumors in patients with NMIBC.

This study study consists of two phases; a Phase 1 dose-escalation to establish safety and recommended the phase 2 dose, followed by a Phase 2 study to establish how effective the treatment is.

The Study will include patients with NMIBC with Cis for whom BCG therapy is unresponsive and patients with NMIBC with Cis who are BCG-naïve or inadequately treated.

Official Title

A Phase 1/2 Study of EG-70 as an Intravesical Administration to Patients With BCG Unresponsive Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer (NMIBC) and High-Risk NMIBC Patients Who Are BCG Naïve or Received Incomplete BCG Treatment


EG-70 is a novel non-viral gene therapy. EG-70 is designed to elicit a local immune response following delivery of the study gene therapy to the bladder urothelium. This approach of local administration through bladder instillation has the potential to induce a potent immune response exclusively at the site of the tumor, resulting in greater therapeutic benefit while reducing undesirable systemic toxicity.

Eligible BCG-unresponsive NMIBC patients will be enrolled in Phase 1, and Cohort 1 of Phase 2. Eligible high-risk NMIBC patients who have been incompletely treated or are BCG-naïve will be enrolled starting in Phase 2 in a separate single-arm cohort (Cohort 2).

Patients will be treated for up to four 12-week cycles of study drug instillation doses and assessments with follow up assessments.


Superficial Bladder Cancer, Non-muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer With Carcinoma in Situ, Non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC), Bacillus calmette- guerin (BCG) failure, BCG unresponsive, NMIBC, Bladder Cancer, LEGEND Study, EG-70, High-risk NMIBC, BCG-naïve, Incomplete BCG treatment, Carcinoma in situ (Cis), Urinary Bladder Neoplasms, Carcinoma in Situ, Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Neoplasms, EG-70 (phase 1), EG-70 (phase 2)


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

BCG-unresponsive Patients:

  1. BCG-unresponsive NMIBC with carcinoma in situ (CIS) with or without coexisting papillary Ta/T1 tumors who are ineligible for or have elected not to undergo cystectomy, and have experienced 1) persistent disease within 12 months of treatment or 2) a recurrence within 6 months of completion of adequate BCG therapy, where: adequate BCG regimen consists of at least 2 courses of BCG where the first course (induction) must have included at least 5 or 6 doses and the second course may have included a re-induction (at least 2 treatments) or maintenance (at least 2 doses), and Cis must be documented or indicated by pathology

    BCG-Naïve or BCG-incompletely treated Patients (Phase 2 Only):

  2. NMIBC with current Cis of the bladder, with or without coexisting papillary Ta/T1 NMIBC tumor(s), who are ineligible for or have elected not to undergo cystectomy, where: either: a) incomplete BCG (at least 1 dose) treatment or b) no treatment with BCG but who have previously been treated with at least 1 dose of intravesical chemotherapy following transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT), and Cis must be documented or indicated by pathology

    All Patients:

  3. Patients who have previously been treated with an investigational or approved checkpoint inhibitor (e.g., pembrolizumab) and failed treatment are eligible for inclusion 30 days post-treatment (Phase 1) or 3 months post-treatment (Phase 2).
  4. Male or non-pregnant, non-lactating female, 18 years or older.
  5. Women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test at Screening.
  6. Female patients of childbearing potential must be willing to consent to using effective double-barrier contraception and for 3 months (or longer in accordance with local regulatory requirements) after their participation in the study ends. Male patients are required to utilize a condom for the duration of the study treatment through 3 months post-dose.
  7. In Phase 2, for patients with T1 lesions, Screening biopsy must be considered adequate (contain the muscularis layer).
  8. Performance Status: Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group 0, 1, and 2.
  9. Hematologic inclusion:
    1. Absolute neutrophil count >1,500/mm3.
    2. Hemoglobin >9.0 g/dL.
    3. Platelet count >100,000/mm3.
  10. Hepatic inclusion:
    1. Total bilirubin must be ≤1.5 x the upper limit of normal (ULN).
    2. Aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and alkaline phosphatase ≤2.5 x ULN.
  11. Adequate renal function with creatinine clearance >30 mL/min
  12. Prothrombin time and partial thromboplastin time ≤1.25 x ULN or within the therapeutic range if on anticoagulation therapy.
  13. Must have satisfactory bladder function with ability to retain study drug for a minimum of 60 minutes.
  14. Patient or legally authorized representative must be willing and able to comply with all protocol requirements.
  15. Must be willing and able to give informed consent.

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Any malignancy (other than NMIBC) diagnosed within 1 year of study entry (except basal or squamous cell skin cancers or noninvasive cancer of the cervix) ), or any malignancy that has required therapy for active disease within the last 12 months.
  2. Concurrent treatment with any chemotherapeutic agent.
  3. History of partial cystectomy.
  4. Treatment with pembrolizumab within 30 days (Phase 1) or 3 months (Phase 2) prior to Screening.
  5. Treatment with last therapeutic agent (including intravesical chemotherapy post-TURBT) within 30 days of Screening.
  6. Evidence of persistent or ongoing renal failure.
  7. History of unresolved vesicoureteral reflux or an indwelling urinary stent.
  8. History of unresolved hydronephrosis due to ureteral obstruction.
  9. Participation in any other research protocol involving administration of an investigational agent within 30 Days prior to screening or any prior treatment of NMIBC with any investigational gene or immunotherapy agent.

    10. History of external beam radiation to the pelvis at any time or prostate brachytherapy

    within the last 12 months.

    11. History of interstitial lung disease and/or pneumonitis in patients who have

    previously received a PD-1 or PD-L1 inhibitor therapy.

    12. Evidence of metastatic disease. 13. History of difficult catheterization that in the opinion of the Investigator will

    prevent administration of EG-70.

    14. Active interstitial cystitis on cystoscopy or biopsy. 15. Active, uncontrolled bacterial, viral, or fungal infection(s) requiring systemic


    16. Known human immunodeficiency virus, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C infection. 17. Significant cardiovascular risk (e.g., coronary stenting within 8 weeks, myocardial

    infarction within 6 months).

    18. Consideration by the Investigator that the patient is an unsuitable candidate for the



  • University of California - Irvine Medical Center accepting new patients
    Irvine California 92697 United States
  • USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center accepting new patients
    Los Angeles California 90033 United States


accepting new patients
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enGene, Inc.
Phase 1/2 research study
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