Inventiva Moves Up In NASH, Hitting Multiple Phase IIb Endpoints
A month after Genfit’s Phase III failure, Inventiva hits multiple endpoints in a Phase IIb study of pan-PPAR agonist lanifibranor – likely drawing partnering or acquisition interest. Ascletis offers Phase II evidence for its NASH drug.
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