EDISON, NJ / June 29, 2020 / Hepion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:HEPA), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutic drugs for the treatment of liver disease arising from non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (“NASH”), today announced the advancement to the final dose level in its ongoing clinical trial of Rencofilstat, a Phase 1b multiple ascending dose (“MAD”) study.
The open-label MAD study is designed to assess safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of Rencofilstat, administered orally to healthy volunteers, once daily for 28 days. To date, the study has examined doses of 75 mg, 150 mg, 225 mg and 300 mg.
The Clinical Trial Management team has reviewed the 300 mg cohort data and determined this dosing level to be safe and well tolerated, authorizing advancement to the final dosing level of 375 mg daily for 28 days.
“We initially planned to proceed only to the 300 mg dosing level, as we believe the dose required to demonstrate efficacy in future NASH trials will not exceed 300 mg,” said Dr. Patrick Mayo, Hepion’s Senior Vice-President, Clinical Pharmacology. “However, we have not yet observed any dose-limiting side effects, even at 300 mg. As such, we decided to add one final dosing cohort of 375 mg to fully evaluate safety and tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of Rencofilstat. This study has demonstrated that steady-state Rencofilstat concentrations achieved at a 75 mg daily dose are in the range that demonstrates efficacy in animal models and human liver tissue. This suggests that the dosing range captured in this study effectively explored clinically relevant exposures.”
Dr. Stephen Harrison, Hepion’s Consultant Medical Director added, “We are exceedingly pleased that Rencofilstat continues to be very well tolerated throughout the entire Phase 1 program, which well positions Hepion for our upcoming Phase 2a clinical trial in NASH patients.”
About Hepion Pharmaceuticals
Hepion Pharmaceuticals is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of targeted therapies for liver disease arising from non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and other types of hepatitis. The Company’s lead drug candidate, Rencofilstat, reduces liver fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma tumor burden in experimental models of NASH. Preclinical studies also have demonstrated antiviral activities towards HBV, HCV, and HDV through several mechanisms. These diverse therapeutic activities result from Rencofilstat’s potent inhibition of cyclophilins, which are involved in many disease processes. Currently in clinical phase development, Rencofilstat shows potential to play an important role in the overall treatment of liver disease – from triggering events through to end-stage disease.
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