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First-in-human study of REGN5458, a novel BCMA bispecific antibody

Mar 22, 2022

The B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA) is the cornerstone of the current and future novel immunotherapies developed for multiple myeloma (MM). BCMA is expressed in normal and malignant plasma cells; thus, we can find a broad landscape of BCMA-directed therapies in development, including chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies, bispecific antibodies, and antibodydrug conjugates.

The Multiple Myeloma Hub has previously covered preliminary data, presented at the 62nd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition, of new bispecific antibodies and bispecific T-cell engagers in clinical development for patients with relapsed/refractory MM. Amongst them, the fully human BCMAxCD3 bispecific antibody, REGN5458, demonstrated an encouraging safety and efficacy profile with early and deep responses, along with low rates of cytokine release syndrome in previously treated triple-refractory patients (NCT03761108).

Preclinical studies with REGN5458 showed potent in vitro and in vivo anti-myeloma activity, similar to those observed with anti-BCMA CAR T cells. However, the investigators highlighted a more rapid cell death with the bispecific antibody.1

This article summarizes the updated safety, overall response, and response durability in patients treated in the phase I dose-escalation part of the trial, presented at the 63rd ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition by Jeffrey Zonder.2

REGN5458 phase I first-in-human study design

The phase I part of the trial aimed to ascertain the safety and tolerability, determine the dose-limiting toxicities, and establish a recommended phase II dose of REGN5458. The secondary objectives were to assess the duration of response (DOR) and minimal residual disease status, the evaluation of the pharmacokinetic profile, and the characterization of its immunogenicity. Responses were measured using the modified International Myeloma Working Group criteria.

Key selection criteria were:

  • Patients with relapsed/refractory disease who have been treated with 3 prior lines of therapy, including a proteasome inhibitor, an immunomodulator, and an anti-CD38 antibody
  • Patients considered triple-refractory should also be penta-exposed (two proteasome inhibitors, two immunomodulators, and one anti-CD38 antibody)
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status ≤1
  • No prior treatment with any BCMA-directed therapy, except antibodydrug conjugates

The data cut-off was June 2021; at this time, 68 patients were treated with REGN5458 in the dose-escalation cohort with full doses ranging from 3–800 mg, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. REGN5458 phase I dosing schedule and dose escalation levels*

DL, dose level; QW, weekly; Q2W, every 2 weeks; W, Week.
*Adapted from Zonder.2

Initial efficacy and safety reported with REGN5458

Participating patients

  • The median age at enrollment was 64 years (range, 41‒81 years; Table 2), and 21% of patients were ≥75 years.
  • The median time to follow-up was 3 months (range, 0.7–22.1 months).
  • Patients had a median of five previous lines of systemic therapy (range, 2–17), with 90% being refractory to the last line of treatment.

Table 2. Patient and disease characteristics*

Characteristic, % (unless otherwise stated)

All patients (N = 73)

Median age (range), years

64 (41–81)

Revised ISS stage at study entry








Prior autologous transplant


Plasma cell burden (BMPC ≥50%)


Cytogenetic high risk


Refractoriness status








BMPC, bone marrow plasma cell; ISS, International Staging System.
*Adapted from Zonder.2
Refractoriness status are mutually exclusive.


  • Responses were reported at all dose levels, with higher doses achieving higher response rates. The overall response rate among all enrolled patients was 51%.
  • Dose-limiting toxicities were reported in two patients, one receiving 24 mg and the other 96 mg.
  • Patients with extramedullary plasmacytomas responded less frequently than those without extramedullary plasmacytomas.
  • Patients who received 200–800 mg had an overall response rate of 75%, and 58% had at least a very good partial response (VGPR).
  • Amongst all responders, 86% achieved at least a VGPR, and 43% achieved at least a complete response (CR). Figure 2 displays the depth of response by dose interval.
  • Four out of ten patients achieving a CR/stringent CR, were minimal residual disease negative at 105.
  • The level of BCMA expression in the core biopsy did not correlate with disease response.

Figure 2. Best overall responses reported with REGN458*

CR, complete response; ORR, overall response rate; PR, partial response; sCR, stringent CR; VGPR, very good partial response.
*Adapted from Zonder.2

Duration of response

  • Responses occurred early, with 70% of responses occurring within the first 2 months.
  • The median time to response was <1 month.
  • The estimated median DOR was not reached.
  • The probability of responders being event free at 8 months was 90.2% (95% confidence interval, 72.6–96.7), with patients still responding up to 19 months at the latest data cut-off.

 Safety: Treatment-emergent adverse events

  • Five deaths (7%) were reported in this study: three due to sepsis, one due to COVID-19, and one due to pneumonia.
  • Treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) of any grade were observed in 73% of patients, and Grade 3 or 4 TEAEs were seen in 42% and 33% of patients, respectively.
  • Anemia of any grade was the most frequent hematologic TEAE (32%), followed by lymphopenia (23%) and neutropenia (23%).
  • The most reported non-hematologic TEAEs of any grade were fatigue (45%), followed by cytokine release syndrome (CRS; 38%), pyrexia (36%), nausea (33%), and dyspnea (26%).
  • CRS was mainly Grade 1, with only 4% patients experiencing Grade 2 CRS.
    • CRS was most common during the first 2 weeks of REGN5458 dosing.
    • No cases of Grade ≥3 CRS were reported, nor was there any discontinuation of treatment due to CRS. Table 3 provides further information on the CRS events.
    • There was no relationship observed between CRS and dose level or CRS and response.
  • No Grade 3 immune effector cell-associated neurotoxicity syndrome (ICANS) event was reported, and Grade 2 ICANS events were reported in 4% of patients.

Table 3. Cytokine release syndrome events*

Study population

Total (N = 73)

Patients with CRS of any grade, n (%)

28 (38)

Median time to first CRS onset (range), hours


Median duration of CRS (range), hours

14.7 (0–96)

Patients receiving supportive measures to treat CRS, %






CRS, cytokine release syndrome.
*Adapted from Zonder.2


With the updated data of the first-in-human study with REGN5458, this novel BCMA-targeted bispecific antibody was deemed safe in patients with MM who were at least triple-refractory to previous therapies. At the dose level of 200–800 mg, the ORR was 75%, with 58% of patients achieving at least a VGPR. The results of this trial were encouraging and supported the continuation of the phase II portion of the study (currently recruiting) and the soon-to-be-initiated phase I trial that will explore REGN5458 in combination with currently approved MM therapies (NCT05137054).

  1. DiLillo DJ, Olson K, Mohrs K, et al. A BCMAxCD3 bispecific T cell-engaging antibody demonstrates robust antitumor efficacy similar to that of anti-BCMA CAR T cells. Blood Adv. 2021;5(5):1291-1304. DOI: 10.1182/bloodadvances.2020002736
  2. Zonder J. Early, deep, and durable responses, and low rates of cytokine release syndrome with REGN5458, a BCMAxCD3 bispecific monoclonal antibody, in a phase 1/2 first-in-human study in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM). Oral abstract #160. 63rd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition; Dec 11, 2021; Atlanta, US.


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