Metacrine’s Shift Means Further Attrition In FXR Agonist Class For NASH
Metacrine halts development of its FXR agonist compounds in NASH and turn its focus to inflammatory bowel disease. Firm plans Phase II ulcerative colitis study in 2022 with MET642.
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