Akero Histology Data Could Be Best In Class For NASH
Follow-up Phase IIa data shows strong antifibrotic and NASH-resolution effects for Akero’s efruxifermin, an FGF21 analog. Analysts are calling the drug potentially best in class.
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With Akero’s FGF21 analog showing ability to reduce fibrosis and resolve non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, some analysts think classmate BIO89-100 could yield a better overall profile. NASH data are starting to pour in.
At EASL 2021, Akero presented efruxifermin data showing benefit in cirrhotic NASH patients and strong liver fat reduction, but may be challenged in the FGF21 analog class by 89Bio.
Although the data are from a small cohort of an ongoing study, Akero’s FGF21 analog reduces fibrosis score by at least one stage in 33% of cirrhotic NASH patients.