New Data Cast Doubt On Gilead's Phase III NASH Candidate Selonsertib
Gilead presented early data for combinations of its three mechanisms in NASH, but analysts noted the findings may undercut its lead candidate selonsertib. Plus EASL takeaways for Genfit, NGM and Madrigal.
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The failure of the STELLAR-3 trial of selonsertib had been widely anticipated following the failure in a sicker population in STELLAR-4.
At EASL, Gilead indicated it may not take any of its current NASH candidates forward as monotherapy options. Trial collaboration with Novo Nordisk may suggest pessimism toward selonsertib after Phase III disappointment.
Gilead took a risky approach with selonsertib in NASH, pursuing a tough liver fibrosis benefit and failing, continuing a trend of disappointments outside of its antiviral franchises. Analysts don’t expect the second Phase III study in less-sick patients to succeed either.