Additional Results of Phase 3 SPOTLIGHT Trial of PET Imaging Trial Reported at AUA 2023

Blue Earth Diagnostics announced additional results from its completed Phase 3 SPOTLIGHT trial (NCT04186845) of 18F-rhPSMA-7.3 in recurrent prostate cancer, among a subgroup of patients who had undergone primary treatment with radiation therapy only. It evaluated the overall Detection Rates (DRs) of 18F-rhPSMA-7.3 at patient level and stratified by anatomical region, Gleason score, baseline Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels and PSA doubling time. 18F-rhPSMA-7.3 is an investigational high affinity radiohybrid (rh) Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen-targeted PET imaging agent. The results were reported in a moderated poster presentation at the American Urological Association’s 2023 Annual Meeting (AUA2023).

“The ability to determine the extent and location of recurrent prostate cancer to inform appropriate clinical management for these men is key for physicians and their patients, because up to 50% of patients who undergo radiation therapy will develop local or distant recurrences within 10 years,” said Brian T. Helfand, MD, Chief of Division of Urology, NorthShore University HealthSystem, on behalf of the SPOTLIGHT Study Group. “The utility of conventional imaging for the localization of recurrence is limited, and relapse after curative-intent radiation therapy remains a considerable clinical burden. Precise imaging techniques are required to identify areas of involvement in order to facilitate delivery of optimized management for patients. These findings from the Phase 3 SPOTLIGHT subgroup study showed high detection rates by majority read for 18F-rhPSMA-7.3 across all regions. In particular, the finding that 43% (33/76) of men had distant extra-pelvic recurrences has important implications for clinical management, as procedures such as salvage prostatectomy would be futile in those cases.”  

“These results from the Phase 3 SPOTLIGHT trial in biochemically recurrent prostate cancer are included in our New Drug Application for 18F-rhPSMA-7.3 PET imaging currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and we are pleased that they are being presented to the urology community at AUA 2023,” said David E. Gauden, DPhil, Chief Executive Officer of Blue Earth Diagnostics.

18F-rhPSMA-7.3 represents a new class of PSMA-targeted PET radiopharmaceuticals, with early studies showing a high binding affinity for PSMA, together with biodistribution data suggesting the potential for low bladder activity. The compound is part of Blue Earth Diagnostics’ comprehensive prostate cancer portfolio, which includes other compounds and this investigational rhPSMA compound for potential use in diagnostic PET imaging and targeted radiopharmaceutical therapy.”

The findings presented at AUA included analyses of clinical factors impacting DRs for 18F-rhPSMA-7.3 as evaluated by three blinded central readers: DRs, overall patient-level detection rate, and regional-level analyses, stratified by Gleason score, baseline PSA levels and PSA doubling time. For example, results showed that among the subgroup (n=76) of patients in the Evaluable PET Scan Population who had undergone primary treatment with radiation therapy for prostate cancer, the overall patient-level DR was 99% (75/76) and consistently high across the three independent readers (range 93-99%). Recurrence by region was 76% (58/76) for the prostate, 25% (19/76) for pelvic lymph nodes and 43% (33/76) for extra-pelvic recurrences. As noted previously, no serious adverse reactions were attributed to 18F-rhPSMA-7.3 PET in the SPOTLIGHT study. Of the 391 patients who received 18F-rhPSMA-7.3 in the SPOTLIGHT study, 16 (4.1%) patients had at least one treatment-emergent adverse event that was considered possibly related/related to 18F-rhPSMA-7.3. The most frequently reported events were: hypertension: 1.8% (n=7); diarrhea: 1.0% (n=4); injection site reaction: 0.5% (n=2), and headache: 0.5% (n=2).

The SPOTLIGHT trial was a Phase 3, multi-center, single-arm imaging study conducted in the US and Europe to evaluate the safety and diagnostic performance of 18F-rhPSMA-7.3 PET imaging in men with suspected prostate cancer recurrence based on elevated PSA following prior therapy.

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