Assembly Looks To Quickly Move Past ABI-H2158 Discontinuation
The company’s triple-combination studies with vebicorvir and next-generation core inhibitor programs may hold more promise in hepatitis B.
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Biotech tried to show that a core inhibitor combined with standard hepatitis B therapy could yield lasting benefit after treatment. Vebicorvir will continue to be studied as a chronic treatment in HBV.
At EASL 2020, four partnerships updated RNA-interference or antisense efforts to reduce hep B surface antigen, believed to lead to functional cure of the virus. One analyst sees J&J/Arrowhead as the early leader.
The company is aiming for an outcomes-based payment model in the US, while it is confident the gene therapy will fare better than some others have in Europe.