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HALO Pancreatic 301 (HALO-109-301) is a Phase 3 clinical study that provides patients with previously untreated Stage IV (metastatic) pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (mPDA) whose tumors are high in hyaluronan (HA-HIGH) with the opportunity to potentially receive PEGPH20, an investigational drug that targets HA. The goal of this study is to evaluate the effects of PEGPH20. PEGPH20 degrades HA within the tumor microenvironment and is thought to increase anti-cancer therapeutic access to the tumor. PEGPH20 is given in combination with an approved first-line chemotherapy regimen for mPDA (Abraxane® and gemcitabine, or AG), which is administered to all study participants regardless of treatment arm. FIND OUT WHY TREATING mPDA STARTS WITH HA >

Hyaluronan (HA)

HA is a glycosaminoglycan polymer of repeating disaccharides that accumulates within the tumor microenvironment of many solid tumors, and high levels have been found in an estimated 35%-40% of metastatic pancreatic cancer in one Phase 2 study.1 The extent of HA accumulation is a strong, independent, negative predictor of overall survival.2 Because HA readily attracts water molecules, HA accumulation is associated with increased tumor pressure3,4 and compression-narrowed blood vessels,5,6 which may reduce delivery of anti-cancer therapeutics to the tumor.

Pancreatic Cancer: HA accumulation around pancreatic tumor cells


The investigational drug PEGPH20 is a potentially novel approach to cancer treatment that targets the accumulation of HA within the tumor microenvironment. By targeting HA for degradation, PEGPH20 is believed to enhance the efficacy of certain anti-cancer therapeutics by increasing access to the HA-HIGH tumor. In animal models, HA degradation with PEGPH20 led to reduced tumor pressure, improved vascular perfusion, and increased access of anti-cancer therapeutics.

Pancreatic Cancer: PEGYLATED FORM OF RHUPH20 (recombinant human hyaluronidase)

Think HA First

Because HA is a known negative predictor of patient survival in pancreatic cancer,2 it is being investigated in the HALO Pancreatic 301 study as a potential biomarker that may prove helpful in guiding treatment decisions for mPDA patients. PEGPH20, the investigational drug being studied, targets HA, which makes HALO Pancreatic 301 a potentially important first consideration for patients who have untreated HA-HIGH mPDA.

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Phase 2 Data

Results from a final analysis of patients treated in Stage One of the Phase 2 study showed higher progression-free survival (PFS) and response rates in patients whose tumors were HA-HIGH and treated with PEGPH20 and AG (PAG) (n = 22) versus AG alone (n = 21).7

  • Median PFS increased by 3.2 months (9.2 vs. 6.0 months; HR = 0.46)
  • Improvement in overall response rates (ORR) (50% vs. 33%), including one complete response in the PAG arm and all partial responses in the AG arm
  • Median duration of response (DoR) of 8.1 vs. 3.7 months
  • Similar median overall survival (OS) (11.8 vs. 10.9 months), potentially resulting from less aggressive disease in AG arm and greater than 40% discontinuation rate of PEGPH20 treatment at the time of a clinical hold, where both arms received treatment with Abraxane® and gemcitabine alone

This analysis of the Phase 2 data utilized the planned Phase 3 HA-testing methodology created in collaboration with Ventana Medical Systems and is supportive of the Phase 3 study assumptions. The Phase 3 HALO Pancreatic 301 study is designed to provide conclusive evidence of the efficacy and safety of PEGPH20.

In Stage 2 of the Phase 2 study, primary endpoints were achieved. Updated data will be presented at a future congress.

PEGPH20 is an investigational drug and has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The safety and efficacy of PEGPH20 have not been established.

Pancreatic Cancer: PFS in Patients with HA-HIGH Tumors Pancreatic Cancer: ORR and DoR in Patients with HA-HIGH Tumors

Phase 3 Study Design

HALO Pancreatic 301 is a Phase 3, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter study. Patients will be randomized in a 2:1 ratio (PAG:AG). To reduce the potential risk of a blood clot or thromboembolic event, low-molecular-weight heparin prophylaxis is required for all patients who enroll in the study.

Pancreatic Cancer: PEGPH20 Dosing Schedule

PEGPH20 Dosing Schedule

In the HALO Pancreatic 301 study, PEGPH20 has a fast infusion time (typically 10-12 minutes) and the treatment schedule is the same as for Abraxane® and gemcitabine after the first cycle.

HA Testing

PEGPH20 is being developed with a companion diagnostic in partnership with Ventana Medical Systems. This diagnostic will be utilized to determine if a tumor is HA-HIGH or HA-LOW, and it is only available to screen patients for HALO Pancreatic 301. To test for HA, a large enough tissue sample from the tumor is required, typically achieved by performing a core biopsy. Fine needle aspiration does not procure enough tissue for HA testing.

If a core biopsy is collected at the time of initial tumor sampling by a referring physician, it is possible that the patient will not need to undergo an additional biopsy to determine tumor status as part of the HALO Pancreatic 301 screening process. The initial core biopsy typically provides a sufficient amount of tissue for HA testing.

Key Inclusion Criteria*

  • 18 years old and over
  • Confirmed Stage IV pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, with confirmed HA-HIGH tumor status
  • No radiotherapy, surgery, chemotherapy, or investigational therapy for the treatment of metastatic disease
  • No known central nervous system involvement, such as brain metastasis

* These are not the only criteria required for enrollment in HALO Pancreatic 301. Eligibility will be determined during the study screening process.

† HA testing will be conducted during the screening period.

HALO Pancreatic 301 study Sites

HALO Pancreatic 301 is a global study and will have nearly 200 study sites in 20 countries. Check back often for the full site list.

If you are interested in referring a patient, please call 1-877-396-3682.

State City Study Site
AL Mobile University of South Alabama
AR Fayetteville Highlands Oncology Group
AZ Gilbert Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
AZ Scottsdale HonorHealth Research Institute
CA Fullerton St. Jude Medical Center - St. Joseph Heritage Health
CA La Jolla Scripps Clinical Research Services
CA Long Beach Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
CA Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at UCLA
CA Los Angeles Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
CA Orange Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
CA Orange St. Joseph Hospital
CA Rancho Mirage Desert Hematology Oncology Medical Group, Inc.
CA San Francisco Pacific Hematology Oncology Associates
CA San Francisco UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
CA Santa Rosa St Joseph Heritage Healthcare
CA Whittier Innovative Clinical Research Institution
CO Denver Kaiser Permanente Franklin Medical Offices
CO Denver US Oncology - Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers - Midtown
CT Stamford Stamford Hospital - Carl and Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center
DC Washington MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
FL Jacksonville 21st Century Oncology
LA New Orleans Ochsner Clinic CCOP
MA Boston Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
MA Boston Dana Farber Cancer Institute
MA Worcester UMass Memorial Medical Center
MD Baltimore The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
MI Ann Arbor University of Michigan Medical Center
MI Detroit Karmanos Cancer Institute
MN Minneapolis Virginia Piper Cancer Institute
MN Minneapolis University of Minnesota Medical School
NJ Clifton Saint Joseph’s Ambulatory Clinic
NJ Ridgewood Valley Health System - The Valley Hospital (TVH)
NV Las Vegas Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada
NY Lake Success Northwell Health/Monter Cancer Center
NY New Hyde Park NYU Langone Medical Center - NYU Langone Arena Oncology
NY New York Mount Sinai School of Medicine - The Tisch Cancer Institute
NY New York Columbia University Medical Center
NY Rochester University of Rochester Medical Center
OH Canton Gabrail Cancer Center Research
OK Oklahoma City The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
PA Hershey Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
PA Pittsburgh Allegheny General Hospital
PA Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
TX Houston Baylor College of Medicine - Baylor Clinic
VA Fairfax Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute
VA Fort Belvoir Fort Belvoir Community Hospital
VA Mechanicsville Virginia Cancer Institute
WA Seattle Swedish Cancer Institute/ Swedish Health Services
WA Seattle University of Washington (UW) - Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
WA Tacoma Northwest Medical Specialties PLLC
WI Madison University of Wisconsin Health - UW Carbone Cancer Center
WI Milwaukee Columbia St. Marys
WI Milwaukee Medical College of Wisconsin
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