Novartis, Pfizer Advance Their NASH Ambitions Separately, As Partners
Novartis thinks tropifexor may prove to be best-in-class FXR agonist, while Pfizer notes the complementary activity of its ACC and DGAT2 inhibitors. Their NASH trial collaboration is heading toward a Phase II launch in 2020.
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Zydus says its Moraiya plant should be ready for re-inspection at the end of June 2020, following a recent FDA warning letter. Meanwhile, as returns from levorphanol fall on the back of increased competition, the firm has written down investment by $37.5m causing Q2 profits to slump 74%. Post successful Phase II trials in the US for NASH and NAFLD indications, its hopes are now pinned on saroglitazar magnesium.
NGM’s injectable might be best-suited as induction therapy for sicker NASH patients, Inventiva hopes its pan-PPAR agonist will outperform Genfit’s elafibranor, and Albireo thinks IBAT inhibition offers promise in NASH.