for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at Orange, California and other locations
study started
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Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a common cancer worldwide and a leading cause of cancer-related death. The majority of participants first presenting with HCC have advanced unresectable or metastatic disease. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the optimized dose, adverse events, and efficacy of livmoniplimab in combination with budigalimab.

Livmoniplimab is an investigational drug being developed for the treatment of HCC. There are 3 treatment arms in this study and participants will be randomized in a 1:1:1 ratio. Participants will either receive livmoniplimab (at different doses) in combination with budigalimab (another investigational drug), lenvatinib, or sorafenib. Approximately 120 adult participants will be enrolled in the study across 60 sites worldwide.

In arm 1 (control), participants will receive the investigator's choice: lenvatinib as an oral capsule or sorafenib as an oral tablet, once daily. In arm 2, participants will receive intravenously (IV) infused livmoniplimab (dose A) in combination with IV infused budigalimab, every 3 weeks. In arm 3, participants will receive intravenously (IV) infused livmoniplimab (dose B) in combination with IV infused budigalimab, every 3 weeks. The estimated duration of the study is up to 2 years

There may be higher treatment burden for participants in this trial compared to their standard of care. Participants will attend regular visits during the study at a hospital or clinic and may require frequent medical assessments, blood tests, questionnaires, and scans.

Official Title

A Phase 2, Randomized Study to Evaluate the Optimized Dose, Safety, and Efficacy of Livmoniplimab in Combination With Budigalimab for Locally Advanced or Metastatic Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) Patients Who Have Progressed After an Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Containing Regimen in First-Line HCC


Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Lenvatinib, Sorafenib, Livmoniplimab, Budigalimab, ABBV-181, ABBV-151, Cancer, Carcinoma


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Child-Pugh A classification.
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance Status of 0 to 1.
  • Received an immune checkpoint inhibitor in first-line (1L) hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treatment regimen.
  • Adequate hematologic and end-organ function.
  • Tissue biopsy at screening.
  • Disease that is not amenable to surgical and/or locoregional therapies, or progressive disease after surgical and /or locoregional therapies.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Symptomatic, untreated, or actively progressing central nervous system (CNS) metastases.
  • Prior treatment with an approved tyrosine kinase inhibitor (for example sorafenib or Lenvatinib) in 1L HCC treatment regimen.
  • History of malignancy other than hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) within 5 years prior to screening.
  • Hepatic encephalopathy or requirement for medications to prevent or control encephalopathy.
  • Moderate or severe ascites requiring recurrent non-pharmacologic intervention to maintain symptomatic control.
  • Coinfection with active HBV infection and active HCV infection.
  • Prior history of grade 3 or higher immune-mediated adverse event or discontinuation due to immune-mediated adverse events.
  • Prior history of recurrent grade 2 or higher interstitial lung disease/pneumonitis.


  • UC Irvine /ID# 252707 accepting new patients
    Orange California 92868 United States
  • University of California, Los Angeles /ID# 253292 accepting new patients
    Los Angeles California 90095 United States


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Phase 2 research study
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