PIVOT-12: a Phase III study of adjuvant bempegaldesleukin plus nivolumab in resected stage III/IV melanoma at high risk for recurrence Article

Full Text via DOI: 10.2217/fon-2021-1286 Web of Science: 000746636200001
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Cited authors

  • Eggermont AMM, Ascierto PA, Khushalani NI, Schadendorf D, Boland G, Weber J, Lewis KD, Johnson D, Rivalland G, Khattak A, Majem M, Gogas H, Long GV, Currie SL, Chien D, Tagliaferri MA, Carlino MS, Diab A


  • Bempegaldesleukin (BEMPEG: NKTR-214) is an immunostimulatory IL-2 cytokine prodrug engineered to deliver a controlled, sustained and preferential IL-2 pathway signal. Nivolumab (NIVO), a PD-L1 inhibitor, has been shown to prolong survival in patients with advanced melanoma and recurrence-free survival in the adjuvant setting. PIVOT-02 showed that BEMPEG plus NIVO was well-tolerated and demonstrated clinical activity as first-line therapy in metastatic melanoma. PIVOT-12 is a randomized, Phase Ill, global, multicenter, open-label study comparing adjuvant therapy with BEMPEG plus NIVO versus NIVO alone in adult and adolescent patients with completely resected cutaneous stage III/IV melanoma at high risk of recurrence. The primary objective is to compare the efficacy, as measured by recurrence-free survival, of BEMPEG plus NIVO versus NIVO.Lay abstract: Following surgery, patients with advanced melanoma may require further treatment to reduce the likelihood of disease recurrence. Nivolumab (NIVO), a checkpoint inhibitor, reduces the risk of melanoma recurrence by enhancing the ability of the immune system to fight disease. Despite the availability of NIVO and other therapies, many patients with melanoma still experience disease recurrence after surgery. This article presents information on a clinical trial named PIVOT-12, which aims to assess the effectiveness of a new investigational drug called bempegaldesleukin that modifies the immune system and is given with NIVO to patients with stage III/IV melanoma following surgery. The main end point being measured is recurrence-free survival, which measures the time between a patient starting the study and the date of disease recurrence.

Publication date

  • 2022

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1479-6694

Number of pages

  • 11