EDISON, NJ / September 1, 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 that Rencofilstat dosing has now been completed in all subjects enrolled in the Phase 1b multiple ascending dose (“MAD”) study of Rencofilstat.
The open-label MAD study was designed to assess safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of Rencofilstat, administered orally to healthy volunteers, once daily for 28 days. The study examined doses of 75 mg, 150 mg, 225 mg, 300 mg and 375 mg.
“We are pleased that Rencofilstat was well tolerated at all dosing levels and we are looking forward to receiving the final data from this study in the near future,” said Dr. Patrick Mayo, Hepion’s Senior Vice-President, Clinical Pharmacology.
Dr. Stephen Harrison, Hepion’s Consultant Medical Director added, “Hepion’s ongoing Phase 2a NASH trial is based on Rencofilstat’s demonstrated tolerability in our Phase 1 MAD study. Patients in the Phase 2a trial are currently receiving 75 mg Rencofilstat or placebo, once daily, orally, for 28 days. Based on the outcomes of our Phase 1 MAD study and our non-clinical programs, we are confident that we are well within the dosing range that is well tolerated and expected to be efficacious.”
Dr. Robert Foster, Hepion’s CEO, added, “We made the strategic decision to initiate our Phase 2a ‘AMBITION’ trial in parallel with our Phase 1b trial, which saved valuable time and resources compared to conducting the trials sequentially. As such, we expect to complete the 75 mg dosing of Rencofilstat in the AMBITION trial by the end of 2020. To further enhance efficiencies with Rencofilstat’s development, we are also using Hepion’s in-house developed proprietary big data analytics machine learning platform, AI-POWRTM, to extract the most information from our AMBITION trial, while setting the stage for later stage clinical development.”
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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