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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