Akero Heads To Top Of FGF21 Class In NASH; Genfit Says Pandemic Won’t Delay Phase III
Akero’s FGF21 analog yields 63%-72% relative hepatic fat reduction in Phase IIa study; the company awaits biopsy data hoping to see a fibrotic benefit. Also, Genfit says COVID-19 pandemic should not significantly delay its Phase III NASH readout.
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