NASH News & Notes From The European Liver Meeting
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.
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Enanta hoped its Phase II study would indicate a better efficacy and/or tolerability profile for EDP-305 compared to other FXR agonists for NASH, including Intercept’s OCA. Despite the inconclusive data, it plans a longer Phase IIb study.
As it nears the Phase III data readout for elafibranor in NASH, Genfit plans combo therapy studies to determine if a GLP-1 analog or SGLT2 inhibitor would offer the best therapeutic synergy, market potential and partnership opportunity.
Firm points to liver biomarker findings, saying they may yield clear liver benefit at 52 weeks. Both CymaBay's and Genfit's stock prices fell as investors wondered about broader read-through for the PPAR agonist class.