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



The purpose of this study is to evaluate the anti-tumor effects of TAR-200 in combination with cetrelimab and cetrelimab alone.

Official Title

A Phase 2, Open-Label, Multi-Center, Randomized Study of TAR-200 in Combination With Cetrelimab and Cetrelimab Alone in Participants With Muscle-Invasive Urothelial Carcinoma of the Bladder Who Are Scheduled for Radical Cystectomy and Are Ineligible for or Refusing Platinum-Based Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy


Bladder cancer is the tenth most common malignancy worldwide. Approximately 25 percent (%) of all new bladder cancer participants present with muscle invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) at the time of diagnosis, and roughly 50% will ultimately develop distant metastases. The TAR-200/gemcitabine (JNJ-17000139-AAC) product is an intravesical drug delivery system regulated as an investigational drug. The drug constituent consists of gemcitabine minitablets and osmotic minitablets. Cetrelimab (JNJ-63723283) is a fully human immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) kappa monoclonal antibody (mAb) that binds programmed-cell death protein (PD)-1. The standard of care in MIBC includes radical cystectomy (RC) with urinary diversion and is considered the preferred treatment option for participants who are considered surgical candidates. Study consists of a Screening phase, Treatment phase and follow-up phase. The total duration of study will be up to 2 years and 6 months. Efficacy, safety, pharmacokinetics (PK), and biomarkers will be assessed at specific time points during this study.


Urinary Bladder Neoplasms Carcinoma, Transitional Cell TAR-200 Cetrelimab


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Histologically proven, cT2-T4a N0, M0 infiltrating urothelial carcinoma of the bladder. Initial diagnosis must have been within 90 days of randomization date. Participants with variant histologic subtypes (example squamous differentiation) are allowed if urothelial (transitional cell) differentiation is predominant (example, less than [<]20 percent [%] variant histologic subtype). However, the presence of any neuroendocrine, micropapillary, signet ring cell, plasmacytoid, or sarcomatoid features will make a participant ineligible
  • Participants with an individual intravesical tumor size of less than or equal to <=3 centimeter (cm) following transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT) are eligible. Participants with persistent multifocal tumors at screening must undergo a second debulking, re-staging TURBT to reduce the tumor burden. Participants will be ineligible if any individual tumor is greater than (>)3 cm
  • Deemed eligible for and willing to undergo RC by the operating urologist
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status Grade 0 or 1
  • Thyroid function tests within normal range or stable on hormone supplementation per investigator assessment
  • All adverse events associated with any prior surgery must have resolved to common terminology criteria for adverse events (CTCAE) version 5.0 Grade less than (<) 2 prior to randomization

You CAN'T join if...

  • Must not have received prior systemic chemotherapy, targeted small molecule therapy, or radiation therapy within 2 years prior to starting study treatment
  • Participants must not have evidence of cT4b, or N1-3, or M1 disease based on local radiology staging (chest, abdomen, and pelvis must be performed using computed tomography [CT] or magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]) within 42 days prior to randomization
  • Presence of any bladder or urethral anatomic feature that, in the opinion of the Investigator, may prevent the safe placement, indwelling use, or removal of TAR-200
  • Prior systemic chemotherapy for urothelial cell carcinoma of the bladder at any time
  • Currently participating or has participated in a study of an investigational agent and received study therapy or investigational device within 4 weeks prior to enrollment
  • Participants with evidence of bladder perforation during diagnostic cystoscopy. Participant is eligible if perforation has resolved prior to dosing


  • University of California Irvine Medical Center
    Orange California 92868 United States
  • City of Hope
    Duarte California 91010 United States


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Janssen Research & Development, LLC
Phase 2 research study
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Expecting 160 study participants
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