MOMENTUM Phase 3 Clinical Trial for Patients with Myelofibrosis


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The MOMENTUM Clinical Trial for Patients with Myelofibrosis is a randomised, double-blind, Phase 3 trial to evaluate the activity of momelotinib versus danazol in symptomatic, anaemic patients with myelofibrosis (MF). The target enrolment for this clinical trial is 180 patients globally.

About the MOMENTUM Clinical Trial for Patients with Myelofibrosis

Evaluating the Investigational Drug Momelotinib

Momelotinib is an orally-bioavailable inhibitor of Janus kinase1 (JAK1), Janus kinase2 (JAK2), and Activin A receptor, type I (ACVR1) with a differentiated therapeutic profile in myelofibrosis. Data from more than 820 clinical trial subjects suggest that momelotinib can markedly improve constitutional symptoms and splenomegaly while also substantially addressing the chronic anaemia and transfusion dependency associated with the disease.


Momelotinib’s unique ability to alleviate anaemia and reduce or eliminate transfusion dependency contrasts with other JAK inhibitors which have high rates of haematological toxicity and can worsen cytopenia. This anaemia benefit is achieved through direct inhibition of ACVR1 leading to a decrease in circulating hepcidin. Hepcidin is often markedly elevated in myelofibrosis and contributes to an iron restricted anaemia. By lowering hepcidin, a corresponding increase in serum iron occurs with consequent clinically relevant increases in haemoglobin and red blood cells due to increased iron availability for erythropoiesis. Momelotinib has also been shown to stabilise, and in some cases ameliorate, thrombocytopenia.

In addition to this differentiated anaemia benefit, momelotinib therapy elicits significant improvements in constitutional symptoms and splenomegaly, by variously decreasing aberrant inflammatory cytokine signalling, mutant haematopoietic stem cell proliferation and RBC sequestration, consistent with potent inhibition of JAK1, JAK2 and the downstream JAK-STAT pathway.


In contrast to other JAK inhibitors, very low rates of thrombocytopenia and other haematological toxicities, also allow maximal momelotinib dose intensity to be sustained during chronic therapy, further supporting the compound’s unique potential for benefit in myelofibrosis.


For more information on momelotinib, visit:

MOMENTUM Trial Overview

MOMENTUM P3 Trial: Phase 3 Registration Trial Schema

A Randomised, Double-Blind, Phase 3 Study to Evaluate the Activity of Momelotinib (MMB) versus Danazol (DAN) in Symptomatic, Anaemic Subjects with Primary Myelofibrosis (PMF), Post-Polycythaemia Vera (PV) Myelofibrosis, or Post Essential Thrombocythaemia (ET) Myelofibrosis who were Previously Treated with JAK Inhibitor Therapy

MOMENTUM is a randomised, double-blind, active control trial intended to confirm the differentiated clinical benefits of momelotinib versus danazol in patients who have previously received an approved JAK inhibitor therapy for myelofibrosis, including either ruxolitinib or fedratinib. Patients must be symptomatic with a Myelofibrosis Symptom Assessment Form v4.0 (MFSAF) Total Symptom Score (TSS) of ≥ 10 at screening and be anaemic with haemoglobin (Hgb) < 10 g/dL.

For patients with ongoing JAK inhibitor therapy at screening, JAK inhibitor therapy must be tapered over a period of at least 1 week, followed by a 2-week non-treatment washout interval that concludes prior to randomisation.

Patients will be randomised 2:1 to orally self-administer blinded treatment, momelotinib plus placebo or danazol plus placebo. Patients randomised to receive momelotinib who complete the randomised treatment period to the end of Week 24 may continue to receive momelotinib in the open-label extended treatment period to the end of Week 96 (a total period of treatment of approximately 2 years).

Patients randomised to receive danazol may cross-over to momelotinib open-label treatment in the following circumstances:

  • at the end of Week 24 if they complete the randomised treatment period; or
  • at the end of Week 24 if they discontinue treatment with danazol but continue trial assessments and do not receive prohibited medications including alternative active anti-myelofibrosis therapy; or
  • at any time during the randomised treatment period if they meet the protocol-defined criteria for radiographically-confirmed symptomatic splenic progression.

Patients randomised to receive danazol who are receiving clinical benefit at the end of Week 24 may instead choose to continue open-label danazol therapy up to Week 48.

Trial Objectives


To determine the efficacy of momelotinib versus danazol assessed by improvement in MFSAF TSS in patients with primary myelofibrosis, post-polycythaemia vera myelofibrosis, or post-essential thrombocythaemia myelofibrosis who were previously treated with an approved JAK inhibitor therapy, including either ruxolitinib or fedratinib.


Key Secondary:

To compare the effect of momelotinib versus danazol on transfusion independent (TI) status at Week 24.


To compare the splenic response rate (SRR) for patients treated with momelotinib versus danazol.


In addition, the trial will investigate a number of other secondary and exploratory endpoints, including the duration of symptomatic improvement, the effect of momelotinib treatment on other measures of transfusion burden and patient reported outcome metrics.

Selected Key Eligibility Criteria

Subject Inclusion Criteria

1. Age ≥ 18 years.

2. Confirmed diagnosis of primary myelofibrosis in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) 2016 criteria, or post-polycythaemia vera/post-essential thrombocythaemia myelofibrosis in accordance with the International Working Group-Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Research and Treatment (IWG-MRT criteria).

3. Symptomatic, defined as a MFSAF [hyperlink/anchor to link for MFSAF below] TSS of ≥ 10 units assessed by a single MFSAF v4.0 assessment at a Screening visit.

4. Anaemic, defined as a Hgb < 10 g/dL in screening/baseline period.

5. Previously treated with an approved JAK inhibitor for primary myelofibrosis or post-polycythaemia vera/post-essential thrombocythaemia myelofibrosis for ≥ 90 days, or ≥ 28 days if JAK inhibitor therapy is complicated by RBC transfusion requirement of ≥ 4 units in 8 weeks, or Grade 3/4 AEs of thrombocytopenia, anaemia or haematoma.

6. Baseline splenomegaly, defined as having a palpable spleen at ≥ 5 cm, below the left costal margin, or with volume ≥ 450 cm3 on imaging (ultrasound, MRI or CT are acceptable), assessed during Screening at any point prior to Randomisation.

7. High risk, intermediate-2, or intermediate-1 risk myelofibrosis as defined by DIPSS, or DIPSS-plus.

8. No allogeneic stem cell transplant planned.

9. Acceptable laboratory assessments:

ANC ≥ 0.75 × 109/L
PLT ≥ 25 × 109/L
Peripheral blast count < 10%
AST/SGOT and ALT/SGPT ≤ 3 × ULN (≤ 5 × ULN if liver is involved by extramedullary haematopoiesis as judged by the investigator or if related to iron chelator therapy that was started within the prior 60 days)
Calculated creatinine clearance (CCr)

≥ 30 ml/min

Calculated according to Cockcroft-Gault:

CCr = {((140 – age) × weight) / (72 × SCr)} × 0.85 (if female)

CCr (creatinine clearance) = ml/minute

Age = years

Weight = kg

SCr (serum creatinine) = mg/dL

Direct bilirubin ≤ 2.0 × ULN

ANC = absolute neutrophil count, ALT/SGPT = alanine aminotransferase/serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase, AST/SGOT = alanine aminotransferase/glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase, PLT = platelet count.

Patient Exclusion Criteria

Patients may be excluded if they have received the following treatments within the time periods noted:

a) Prior momelotinib treatment at any time.

b) JAK inhibitor therapy within 2 weeks prior to randomization.

c) Active anti-myelofibrosis therapy within 2 weeks prior to randomization.

d) Potent Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) inducers within 1 week prior to randomisation.

e) Investigational agent within 4 weeks prior to randomisation.

f) Erythropoiesis stimulating agent (ESA) within 4 weeks prior to randomisation.

g) Danazol within 3 months prior to randomisation.

h) Splenic irradiation within 3 months prior to randomisation.

i) Current treatment with simvastatin, atorvastatin, lovastatin or rosuvastatin.

For additional information, visit

Chief Investigator

Dr. Srdan Verstovsek

Chief, Section for Myeloproliferative Neoplasms,
Department of Leukemia, Division of Cancer Medicine

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

If you are interested in learning more about the MOMENTUM Clinical Trial for Patients with Myelofibrosis and determining if your patients may be eligible, please complete the following form and you will be contacted by a MOMENTUM trial representative.

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