Viking’s Liver Fat Reduction Data Portend A New Competitor In NASH
In a Phase II study, Viking’s VK2809, with the same mechanism as Madrigal’s MGL-3196, shows significant liver fat reduction in NAFLD patients, along with reduction in LDL cholesterol.
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Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) was a focal point of EASL’s conference. Madrigal becomes the fifth company into Phase III in NASH, but Viking’s competing THR agonist is progressing also.
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.
Madrigal’s selective THR beta agonist continues to demonstrate hepatic fat-lowering abilities in 36-week data, along with lipid-lowering characteristics. The company hopes to initiate a Phase III study in early 2019.