Rationale and design of the German-speaking myeloma multicenter group (GMMG) trial HD6: a randomized phase III trial on the effect of elotuzumab in VRD induction/consolidation and lenalidomide maintenance in patients with newly diagnosed myeloma
BMC Cancer volume 19, Article number: 504 (2019)
Despite major advances in therapy, multiple myeloma is still an incurable malignancy in the majority of patients. To increase survival, deeper remissions (i.e. CR) translating into longer PFS need to be achieved. Incorporation of new drugs (i.e. bortezomib and lenalidomide) as induction and maintenance treatment in an intensified treatment concept, including high dose melphalan (200 mg/m2), has resulted in increased CR rates, and is considered the standard of care for younger patients. Elotuzumab in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone has given better results as lenalidomide and dexamethasone alone in a phase III trial. The GMMG-HD6 trial will be the first phase III trial investigating the role of elotuzumab in combination with bortezomib, lenalidomide and dexamethasone (VRD) induction/consolidation and lenalidomide maintenance within a high dose concept.
GMMG-HD6 is a randomized, open, multicenter phase III trial. The planned recruitment number is 564 NDMM patients. All patients will receive 4 VRD cycles as induction and undergo peripheral blood stem cell mobilization and harvesting. Thereafter they will be treated with high dose melphalan therapy plus autologous stem cell transplantation followed by 2 cycles of VRD consolidation and lenalidomide maintenance. Patients in arm B1 + B2 will additionally receive elotuzumab in the induction phase, whereas patients in A2 + B2 will be treated with elotuzumab added to consolidation and maintenance. The primary endpoint of the trial is PFS. Secondary objectives and endpoints are OS, CR rates after induction therapy comparing the two arms VRD (A1 + A2) vs VRD + elotuzumab (B1 + B2), CR rates after consolidation treatment, best response to treatment during the study, time to progression (TTP), duration of response (DOR), toxicity and quality of life.
Since this is the publication of a study protocol of an ongoing study, no results can be presented.
This phase III trial is designed to evaluate whether the addition of elotuzumab to an intensified treatment concept with high dose melphalan chemotherapy plus autologous stem cell transplantation and induction, consolidation and maintenance treatment with bortezomib and lenalidomide is able to improve PFS compared to the same concept without elotuzumab.
NCT02495922 on June 24th, 2015.
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a malignancy of plasma cells and is the second most common hematological malignancy. The incidence rate in Europe is 4-7/100,000 per year. Approximately 5,700 cases are diagnosed in Germany each year . As the disease progresses, morbidity and eventually mortality are caused by impaired immune system, skeletal destruction, anemia and renal failure. Despite major advances in therapy, multiple myeloma is still an incurable malignancy in the majority of patients.
Currently an intensified treatment concept including induction therapy, high dose melphalan (200 mg/m2) and subsequent consolidation/maintenance therapy is considered the standard treatment for MM patients up to the age of 70 years [1,2,3,4]. Incorporation of new drugs in induction treatment for tumor reduction and in maintenance therapy has resulted in increased CR rates. Median progression-free survival (PFS) after HDT in current standard approaches reaches 3 to 4, overall survival 9 to 11 years. Ten to 20% of intensively treated patients will be in remission more than 10 years . Some of these long-term CR patients will likely be cured. To increase survival, deeper remissions (i.e. CR) translating into longer PFS need to be achieved, and patient outcome needs to be interpreted on the background of current substratification by molecular (gene expression profiling [GEP] and/or interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization [iFISH]) and imaging means.
The combination of bortezomib, lenalidomide and dexamethasone (VRD regimen) is a well-established three drug combination incorporating two “new drugs” for induction therapy in previously untreated multiple myeloma.
VRD has shown to be highly active and well tolerated [6,7,8,9,10,11] and is widely used in the US as standard therapy prior to and following HDT. VRD will be given in the GMMG-HD6 trial as background treatment for all study patients for induction therapy prior to a standard intensified therapy and for subsequent consolidation treatment.
Maintenance therapy after HDT prolongs duration of the response [12, 13]. The benefit of lenalidomide maintenance after HDT in terms of prolongation of PFS has been shown in several randomized trials [14, 15], with one of those also observing a superior OS . Within the GMMG-HD6 trial, all patients are intended to receive lenalidomide maintenance.
Elotuzumab (BMS-901608; formerly known as HuLuc63) is a humanized recombinant monoclonal IgG1 antibody product directed to human SLAMF7 antigen (also known as CS1, CD2- subset-1), a cell surface glycoprotein that is highly expressed on MM cells. The proposed mechanism of action of elotuzumab involves natural killer (NK) antibody dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC), since elotuzumab kills MM cell lines in vitro in the presence of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) or purified NK cells. Because of its potent antitumor activity, elotuzumab is being developed for the treatment of MM. Data from a phase III trial (ELOQUENT-2) comparing elotuzumab in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone versus lenalidomide/dexamethasone alone, demonstrated an PFS advantage of 19.4 vs 14.9 months in relapsed/refractory MM patients [16, 17].
The combination of VRD plus elotuzumab is investigated by the Southwest Oncology Group in the US in a phase I/II trial for newly diagnosed high risk myeloma patients . Another phase IIa study investigating the VRD plus elotuzumab combination in patients eligible for HDT and ASCT showed a low incidence of high grade toxicities, although there were two deaths in the study group . Main research question of the GMMG-HD6 trial is to evaluate the effect of elotuzumab in induction /consolidation and maintenance therapy in previously untreated myeloma patients in a randomized setting. Given the previously described study results, an improvement of the therapeutic results by the addition of this humanized monoclonal antibody can be expected. Elotuzumab was the first antibody in myeloma with an FDA and EMA approval. To date, two phase III studies evaluate elotuzumab in first line and in 1st-3rd relapse in the non-transplant setting. Results of phase I, II and phase III trials evaluating the combination of elotuzumab and bortezomib or lenalidomide and dexamethasone show very good tolerability and high response rates in patients with relapsed/refractory myeloma [20, 21]. While the results of use of elotuzumab in monotherapy were modest with stable disease as best response  the combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone has given excellent results with >80% partial response in relapsed patients and prolonged PFS [20, 23, 24]. These data strongly support the evaluation of the combination of lenalidomide/dexamethasone plus bortezomib and elotuzumab within the context of an intensified therapy in newly diagnosed patients.
Within the GMMG-HD6 trial the best of four treatment strategies with respect to the PFS shall be determined. The four treatment strategies differ in the use of elotuzumab in addition to the background treatment of VRD induction/consolidation therapy (VRD +/- elotuzumab) and lenalidomide maintenance treatment (lenalidomide +/- elotuzumab), respectively.
The GMMG-HD6 trial will be the first phase III trial investigating the role of elotuzumab in combination with VRD and/or lenalidomide maintenance within a high dose concept. Results will be interpreted on the background of state of the art molecular profiling and imaging.
GMMG-HD6 has a study population of 564 newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (NDMM) patients. It is a prospective, multicenter, randomized, parallel group, open, phase III clinical trial. There will be no blinding in this trial due to differences in the patient management in the treatment arms (premedication previous to application of elotuzumab and additional intravenous infusions for elotuzumab).
The primary objective of the study is the determination of the best of four treatment strategies regarding progression-free survival (PFS) - defined as time from randomization to progression or death from any cause whichever occurs first, censored at the end of the study.
The four treatment strategies are:
(arm A1): VRD (Bortezomib (Velcade) / Lenalidomide (Revlimid) / Dexamethasone) induction, intensification, VRD consolidation and lenalidomide maintenance,
(arm A2): VRD induction, intensification, VRD + elotuzumab consolidation and lenalidomide maintenance + elotuzumab,
(arm B1): VRD + elotuzumab induction, intensification, VRD consolidation and lenalidomide maintenance,
(arm B2): VRD + elotuzumab induction, intensification, VRD + elotuzumab consolidation and lenalidomide maintenance + elotuzumab.
The secondary objectives of this trial are to assess and to compare treatment arms regarding
overall survival (OS)
CR rates after induction therapy
CR rates after consolidation treatment
best response to treatment during the study
MRD-negativity measured by flow (FACS) and next generation sequencing (NGS)
time to progression (TTP), censored at end of trial
duration of response (DOR), censored at end of trial
toxicity during induction treatment, consolidation and maintenance treatment with respect to adverse events of CTCAE grade ≥ 3
quality of life assessment of patients at baseline, during induction treatment, consolidation and maintenance treatment. Assessment of quality of life is performed using patient self-report questionnaires of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC- QLQC30) including the multiple myeloma module (EORTC-QLQMY20).
GMMG-HD6 is an investigator initiated trial by the German-speaking Myeloma Multicenter Group (GMMG) with a multicenter design.
The duration of the trial for each patients is expected to be 36-39 months (induction and intensification treatment: 7-10 months, 3 months rest between intensification and start of consolidation, consolidation 2 months, maintenance phase 24 months) The overall duration of the trial is expected to be approximately 8 years including preparatory phase. Recruitment of patients has started in Q2 2015. The actual overall duration or recruitment may vary.
Total trial duration: [96 months]
Duration of the clinical phase: [74 months]
Beginning of the preparatory phase: [Q1 2014]
FPI (First Patient In): [Q4 2015]
LPI (Last Patient In): [Q4 2017]
LPO (Last Patient Out): [Q1 2021]
DBL (Data Base Lock): [Q3 2021]
Statistical analyses completed: [Q4 2021]
Trial report completed: [Q1 2022]
Ethical aspects, safety, consent
This study protocol is compliant with the declaration of Helsinki, the International Conference on Harmonization of Good Clinical Practice (ICH-GCP) guidelines, German law, regulations and organizations. A Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) was installed before the start of the trial. The ethics committees/institutional review boards of all study sites gave a written approval before the start of this study.
Patients have to give written informed consent before any procedures regarding the trial are performed.
In the patient case report forms AEs are recorded and an assessment by the Investigator will be performed regarding intensity (according to CTCAE v4.0), seriousness and relatedness to the medication that is provided in the study.
For serious AEs (SAEs) there is an extra form that has to be filled out by the Investigator. This form has to be sent to the study administration within 24 hours after detection of the SAE. If a Suspected Unexpected Serious Adverse Reaction (SUSAR) occurs it will be reported to all investigators, ethics committees and the federal authorities.
Selection of trial patients
Inclusion and exclusion criteria are listed in Table 1.
Randomisation and stratification
The patient has to be registered before the start of therapy. Patients need to be registered at the GMMG study office by sending the “Registration and Randomisation Form” by fax.
The following lab results are already necessary at registration, in addition to information regarding the eligibility criteria and the investigational site:
Serum β-2 microglobulin value
Serum albumin value
Serum M-protein (concentration of monoclonal protein in serum)
Urine M-protein (Bence Jones).
All eligibility criteria will be checked with a checklist. ISS stage will be calculated from the provided serum β-2 microglobulin value and serum albumin value in serum. If the patient needs to be registered before the requested lab results are available, the GMMG study office has to be consulted so that the patient can be included. The necessary laboratory investigations have to be initiated before start of treatment and the results have to be submitted to the GMMG study office as soon as possible. Each patient will be given a unique patient study number (“randomisation number”). Patients will be randomized using block randomization stratified by ISS stage (I vs. II vs. III) in order to achieve a balance of treatment groups with respect to this prognostic covariate. There will be no additional stratification by center. Influence of this covariate is considered to be less because of the long trial experience of most centers within the GMMG.
The probability for assignment in each of the four treatment arms (A1, A2, B1, B2) is 25%, the relation of treatment arms is 1:1:1:1.
Patient study number and result of randomization will be sent to the investigator by fax.
All patients have to undergo physical examination including assessment of WHO performance score, body weight, body height and concomitant diseases.
Before the inclusion into the trial for a patient is possible, the following laboratory investigations are necessary: C reactive protein, lactate dehydrogenase, β-2 microglobulin, albumin, total protein, pregnancy test (only for woman in childbearing age), immunoglobulins, monoclonal protein and free light chains in serum, monoclonal protein in urine, immunofixation in serum, immunofixation in urine, complete blood count including Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC), electrolytes, renal parameters, hepatic parameters, thyroid stimulating hormone.
A bone marrow puncture has to be performed for bone marrow aspiration (cytology, iFISH) and bone marrow histology.
For the documentation of the skeletal status medical imaging with low dose, whole body computed tomography or conventional X-ray imaging is required.
An ECG and an echocardiogram have to be performed prior to study inclusion to document the cardiac condition of the patient.
Monitoring will be done by personal visits from a clinical monitor according to SOPs of the coordination centers for clinical trials (KKS).
The monitor will review the entries into the CRFs on the basis of source documents (source data verification). The investigator must allow the monitor to verify all essential documents and must provide support at all times to the monitor.
By frequent communications (letters, telephone, fax), the site monitor will ensure that the trial is conducted according to the protocol and regulatory requirements.
Timepoints of clinical evaluations
The Table 2 shows the recommended timepoints of response evaluation. A non-essential deviation of these timepoints (e.g. for logistic reasons) is accepted, but it is important that the response to a treatment period will be assessed previous to the start of the subsequent period.
Figure 1 includes a compact overview of the trial treatment.
After the inclusion in the study, all patients regardless of randomization will receive an induction treatment consisting of 4 VRD cycles of 21 days each (bortezomib 1.3 mg/m2 s.c. on days 1,4,8,11, oral lenalidomide 25 mg on days 1-14, oral dexamethasone 20 mg on days 1,2,4,5,8,9,11,12, additionally in cycle 1 and 2 on day 15). Patients in arm B1 and B2 will additionally be treated with elotuzumab 10 mg/kg on days 1,8,15 in cycle 1 and 2, days 1 and 11 in cycles 3 and 4.
All eligible patients will be given an intensified therapy regime according to GMMG standard protocols. A commonly used regimen for intensified therapy is: stem cell collection after CAD mobilization followed by high dose melphalan (200 mg/m2) and autologous stem cell rescue. GMMG standard is a single HDT and ASCT for patients who reach at least a CR and tandem HDT and ASCT for patients who do not reach CR. Although the details of stem cell collection, HDT and ASCT are not specified in the study protocol.
Three months after the beginning of the last HDT cycle patients should receive consolidation treatment consisting of 2 cycles of VRD of 21 days each with weekly administration of bortezomib (bortezomib 1.3 mg/m2 s.c. on days 1,8,15, oral lenalidomide 25 mg on days 1-14, oral dexamethasone 20 mg on days 1,2,8,9,15,16). Patients in arm A2 and B2 will be treated with elotuzumab 10 mg/kg additionally in both cycles on days 1,8,15.
Maintenance therapy should start on d35 of the second VRD consolidation cycle and will be given until confirmed progression, for 2 years or until unacceptable toxicity, whichever occurs first. All patients should receive 26 cycles lenalidomide maintenance every 28 days (oral lenalidomide 10 mg d 1-28) together with dexamethasone (12 mg on days 1 and 15 in cycle 1-6 and day 1 thereafter). Patients in arm A2 and B2 will be treated with Elotuzumab 10 mg/kg i.v. additionally on days 1 and 15 in cycle 1-6 and day 1 thereafter). A two years maintenance therapy timeframe was chosen to define a clear endpoint for the trial as required by the German authorities. Benefits of prolonged maintenance therapy beyond 2 years had not been shown in trials at the time of submission of this study protocol. Nonetheless, after the end of the study, all patients not encountering disease progression or inacceptable toxicity are suggested continuing lenalidomide maintenance treatment.
It is mandatory to give anti-viral (Aciclovir 2 x 400 mg/d p.o.) and anti-bacterial (Cotrimoxazol 2 x 960 mg/d p.o. or Ciprofloxacin 2 x 500 mg/d p.o.) prophylactic treatment to all patients during induction and consolidation therapy. A venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in conjunction with VRD (+/- elotuzumab) has to be given. It is recommended to give acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) 100 mg daily. Patients at an individual high risk of thromboembolic events, such as patients with previous history of thromboembolism, should receive a VTE prophylaxis with low molecular weight heparin (LMWH). It is strongly recommended to start treatment with i.v. bisphosphonates at diagnosis and to continue this treatment every 4 weeks for at least 2 years. A commonly used regimen consists of zoledronate 4 mg or pamidronate 90mg once every 4 weeks. Elotuzumab requires premedication with H1 blocker, H2 blocker and paracetamol administered 30-90 minutes prior to elotuzumab administration and i.v. dexamethasone at least 45 minutes prior to elotuzumab.
Concomitant medication and treatment
Bisphosphonate treatment is recommended for all patients in the trial. It is permitted to treat trial participants with red blood- and platelet-transfusions, G-CSF and intravenous immunoglobulins. Furthermore, it is allowed to treat myeloma- or treatment-related complications (e.g. vertebroplasty in case of vertebral compression fracture). Radiotherapy is permitted. Additional use of substances with antineoplastic features is not allowed.
Regular follow ups after the discontinuation of the study treatment are part of the study protocol. During this timeframe additional data regarding survival, toxicities, efficacy and subsequent myeloma-specific treatment will be gathered.
Response will be assessed according to the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) uniform response criteria . In addition and modification to the IMWG criteria “minimal response” (MR) as defined in the EBMT criteria , “near CR” (nCR) and “molecular CR” (mCR) have been added. According to the trial protocol, in case of a suspected CR based on routine testing at any time during therapy, a bone marrow puncture is performed to confirm the response. At the same time, MRD-analysis is performed. If CR is confirmed MRD assessment is repeated once after 6 months.
Discontinuation of trial participation of individual patients
The patient can discontinue the trial treatment at any point without having to give any reason. The investigator can stop the trial treatment for patients if further treatment could be harmful or disadvantageous for the patient, if exclusion criteria are met, if a SAE occurs that precludes further treatment, if a trial participant gets pregnant, if data acquisition is not possible due to patient incompliance and if serological PD or PD with end organ damage (CRAB criteria ) is present in the trial patient. The only exception for PD is the occurrence of PD after induction therapy or stem cell apheresis. In this case further treatment in the trial is possible.
Closure of individual trial sites
Individual trial sites can be closed if the data quality is not sufficient or if the trial site provides inadequate patient recruiting.
Premature termination of the trial
If unknown risks occur during the trial; or due to inadequate recruiting not enough patients are acquired to continue the study, the DSMB or the principal investigator may terminate the trial prematurely.
Sample size calculation
The GMMG-HD6 trial is designed to determine as primary objective the best of the four treatment arms with regard to progression-free survival (PFS), censored at end of trial. Assuming 2 years of recruitment, 3 years minimal follow-up time after end of recruitment, a total of 10% drop-outs and 5% high risk patients leaving the study prematurely after induction therapy, inclusion of 564 patients allows for rejecting the global null hypothesis of no difference between the four arms at the two-sided significance level of 5% with a power of 91%, if the arms achieve PFS rates of 60%, 70%, 70% and 80% after 3 years. This corresponds to hazard ratios relative to the worst arm of 0.698, 0.698 and 0.437. The PFS rates of the intermediate arms are conservatively chosen representing the least favorable distribution with respect to power. Further treatment comparisons will be realized within a closed testing procedure. The sample size calculation is based on the method of Barthel et al. for multi-arm survival trials . An interim analysis with respect to PFS rates will be conducted after 2.5 years to rule out lack of efficacy. The strongest observed effect between the best and the worst arm will be used to recommend a potential stop for futility based on the conditional power (CP) as proposed by Lachin (2005) . The study is recommended to be stopped if CP ≤ 20%. This possibility to stop for futility results in a power loss of maximally 9.6%, thus, the overall power to reject the global null hypothesis of no difference between the four arms achieves at least 81.4%. Assuming arm A1 as reference, we are mainly interested in the best-versus-reference comparison. Liu and Dahlberg  found for the comparison of the best versus reference arm that the power lies only slightly below the overall power of the study. Our own simulation studies under the specific study assumptions confirmed these results and showed 88.6% power for the best-versus-reference comparison. With the possibility to stop at interim if CP ≤ 20%, the power for the best-versus-reference comparison would still be larger than 79%.
A detailed statistical analysis plan (SAP) will be finalized before closure of the database and the final analysis which has to be authorized by the biometrician, the sponsor, and the LKP. The analysis of the primary endpoint is confirmatory. All remaining analyses are exploratory and will be carried out at a two-sided significance level of 0.05 unless noted otherwise.
The primary endpoint is PFS, censored at end of trial. The four treatment arms will be compared in a closed testing procedure as introduced by Marcus, Peritz and Gabriel . This hierarchical step-down approach controls the family-wise error rate in a multi-comparison setting if all null hypotheses are tested in a pre-defined hierarchical order at a the same significance level starting with the global null hypothesis of no treatment difference between the four arms down to the pairwise (elementary) null hypotheses of no treatment difference between two treatment arms. All null hypotheses will be tested confirmatory at the two-sided 5% significance level using the log-rank test stratified by ISS stage. Statistically significant different PFS of a treatment arm with respect to a comparator arm will be concluded if the adjusted p-value of the elementary hypothesis is below 0.05.
The analysis of the primary objective is performed after database closure and will be presented in the final biometrical report.
An intensified treatment concept including induction therapy, high dose melphalan (200 mg/m2) and subsequent consolidation/maintenance therapy is considered the standard treatment for fit MM patients [1, 2].
Results of randomized phase III trials comparing HDT with treatment including new drugs showed a benefit for HDT in response, minimal residual disease (MRD) and PFS [10, 31,32,33]. The data from the French study showed a strong correlation between MRD negativity (NGS [Sequenta] and FACS) and the normalization of lesions in PET-CT before maintenance [34, 35]. Molecular data before treatment and MRD-monitoring during treatment will allow to define a subgroup of MM patients that can be cured. In addition to testing the anti-SLAMF7 antibody elotuzumab in upfront induction and maintenance treatment of transplant-eligible patients, the CD38 targeting antibodies daratumumab and isatuximab are currently tested in ongoing trials, e.g. by the Intergroupe Francophone du Myélome (IFM) (Cassiopeia, NCT02541383).
Given the previously described study results in the relapsed setting, an improvement of the therapeutic results by the addition of the humanized monoclonal antibody elotuzumab can be expected. This phase III trial is designed to evaluate whether the addition of elotuzumab to an intensified treatment concept with high dose melphalan chemotherapy plus autologous stem cell transplantation and induction, consolidation and maintenance treatment with bortezomib and lenalidomide is able to improve PFS compared to the same concept without elotuzumab.
We present the study protocol of the first phase III investigator initiated trial to explore the role of elotuzumab in combination with VRD and lenalidomide maintenance together with high dose melphalan and stem cell transplantation.
Results will be analyzed in comparison with molecular profiling and imaging.
Antibody dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity
Absolute neutrophil count
Acetyl salicylic acid
Autologous stem cell transplantation
Calcium elevation/renal failure/anemia/bone lesions
Common Terminology Criteria of Adverse Events
Duration of response
Data safety monitoring board
First patient in
German-speaking Myeloma Multicenter Group
High dose (chemo)therapy
International Conference on Harmonization of good clinical practice
Interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization
International Myeloma Working Group
International staging system
Coordination Center for Clinical Trials (Koordinierungszentrum für Klinische Studien)
Coordinating investigator (Leiter der Klinischen Prüfung)
Low molecular weight heparin
Last patient in
Last patient out
Newly diagnosed Multiple Myeloma
Overall response rate
Peripheral blood mononuclear cells
Progression free survival
Serious adverse event
Statistical analysis plan
Standard operation procedure
Suspected unexpected serious adverse reactions
Time to progression
Very good partial response
Bortezomib, lenalidomide and dexamethasone
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We thank the investigators, the study nurses and all the members of the study teams at the participating GMMG trial sites, the teams of the myeloma research laboratory, the molecular biology laboratory, the hematological laboratory, the FISH laboratory at the Institute of Human Genetics, the central laboratory and the Institute of Pathology at the University Hospital Heidelberg, the coordination center for clinical trials (KKS) in Heidelberg, the pharmacies at the trial sites and, most importantly, the participating patients and their families. This trial is supported by grants from Bristol Myers Squibb, Chugai and Celgene.
The GMMG HD6 trial is supported by grants from Bristol Myers Squibb, Chugai and Celgene. A peer review of the study protocol was done by the companies. Influence of the sponsors: This is an investigator initiated study. The study design was developed with the Department of Biostatistics at the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, see section "Statistical analysis". The study design was discussed with the sponsors, who had accepted the IIT design.
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Documented approval from the appropriate ethics committees/institutional review boards (IRB) of the Medical Faculty of the Heidelberg University (main IRB) and all participating study sites has been obtained prior to study start and a data safety monitoring board (DSMB) has been installed to monitor the trial. Written informed consent from each patient is obtained before any study-specific procedures are performed. A full list of involved/ local ethics
committees is provided in the accepting assessment documents in a separate file.
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At this time (04/05/2018), only abstracts regarding the HD6 trial have been published (e.g. ASH Abstract 2016:
Evaluation of Stem Cell Mobilization in Patients with Multiple Myeloma after Lenalidomide-Based Induction Chemotherapy within the GMMG-HD6 Trial; P Wuchter et al; Blood 2016 128:3373). The trial protocol has not been openly published in a peer reviewed paper.
Author-specific disclosures: HS: Celgene: Honoraria, Travel grants; Bristol Myers Squibb: Honoraria and Research Funding; Amgen: Honoraria, Travel grants; Janssen: Honoraria and Research Funding; Novartis: Honoraria and Research Funding; Takeda: Honoraria. KW: Celgene: Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees and Research Funding; Bristol Myers Squibb: Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees and Research Funding; Janssen: Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees and Research Funding; Novartis: Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees and Research Funding Amgen: Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees and Research Funding; Takeda: Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees and Research Funding; Sanofi: Research Funding. JD: Celgene: Honoraria, Research Funding and Speakers Bureau; Janssen: Honoraria and Speakers Bureau . MSR: Celgene: Honoraria, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; Bristol Myers Squibb: Consultancy and Speakers Bureau; Amgen: Honoraria, Research Funding, Speakers Bureau; Novartis: Consultancy and Research Funding; Morphosys: Research Funding. JH: Celgene: Consultancy, Honoraria and Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Bristol Myers Squibb: Honoraria; Amgen: Consultancy, Honoraria and Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Janssen: Honoraria and Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Novartis: Honoraria and Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Takeda: Honoraria; Sanofi: Research Funding. DH: Celgene: Consultancy, Research Funding; MM: Janssen: Consultancy; Bristol Myers Squibb: Consultancy; Takeda: Consultancy; Amgen: Consultancy Celgene: Consultancy. RF: Celgene: Consultancy, Honoraria, Research Funding; Amgen: Consultancy, Honoraria. MHa: Roche: Honoraria; Novartis: Honoraria. HG: Celgene: Consultancy, Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Research Funding and Speakers Bureau; Chugai: Consultancy, Honoraria and Research Funding; Bristol Myers Squibb: Consultancy, Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Research Funding and Speakers Bureau Amgen: Consultancy, Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Research Funding and Speakers Bureau; Janssen: Consultancy, Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Research Funding and Speakers Bureau; Novartis: Consultancy, Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Research Funding and Speakers Bureau; Takeda: Consultancy, Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees, Research Funding and Speakers Bureau. All other authors declare no conflict of interest.
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Salwender, H., Bertsch, U., Weisel, K. et al. Rationale and design of the German-speaking myeloma multicenter group (GMMG) trial HD6: a randomized phase III trial on the effect of elotuzumab in VRD induction/consolidation and lenalidomide maintenance in patients with newly diagnosed myeloma. BMC Cancer 19, 504 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12885-019-5600-x