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Safety and Efficacy of Tipifarnib in Head and Neck Cancer With HRAS Mutations and Impact of HRAS on Response to Therapy


About the study

An international, multicenter, open-label, 2 cohort, non-comparative, pivotal study evaluating the efficacy of tipifarnib in HRAS mutant HNSCC (AIM-HN). The first cohort will assess the objective response rate (ORR) of tipifarnib in subjects with HNSCC with HRAS mutations. The second study cohort, SEQ-HN, is an observational sub-study including HNSCC patients in whom HRAS mutations were not identified (wild type HRAS HNSCC) and who consent to provide first line outcome data and additional follow up.

Who can take part

You may be eligible to participate in the study if you meet the following criteria:



  1. At least 18 years of age.
  2. Histologically confirmed head and neck cancer (oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, sinonasal, nasopharyngeal, or unknown primary) of squamous histology not amenable to local therapy with curative intent (surgery or radiation therapy with or without chemotherapy).
  3. Documented treatment failure from most recent prior therapy (e.g. tumor progression, clinical deterioration, or recurrence), and from at least one prior platinum-containing regimen, in any treatment setting.
  4. Known tumor missense HRAS mutation.
  5. Measurable disease by RECIST v1.1.
  6. ECOG performance status of 0-1.
  7. Acceptable liver, renal and hematological function
  8. Other protocol defined inclusion criteria may apply.


  1. Histologically confirmed salivary gland, thyroid, (primary) cutaneous squamous or nonsquamous histologies (e.g. mucosal melanoma).
  2. Received treatment for unstable angina within prior year, myocardial infarction within the prior year, cerebro-vascular attack within the prior year, history of New York Heart Association grade III or greater congestive heart failure, or current serious cardiac arrhythmia requiring medication except atrial fibrillation.
  3. Non-tolerable Grade 2 or ≥ Grade 3 neuropathy or evidence of unstable neurological symptoms within 4 weeks of Cycle 1 Day 1.
  4. Active, uncontrolled bacterial, viral or fungal infections requiring systemic therapy. Known history of infection with human immunodeficiency virus or an active infection with hepatitis B or hepatitis C.
  5. Received treatment for non-cancer related liver disease within prior year.
  6. Other protocol defined exclusion criteria may apply
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Study’s details


HNSCC,HRAS Gene Mutation




Phase 2

Participants needed


Est. Completion Date

May 2023

Treatment type



Kura Oncology, Inc. identifier


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