EDISON, NJ / November 12, 2020 / Hepion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:HEPA), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutic drugs for the treatment of liver disease arising from non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (“NASH”), today announced that it will present virtually at The Liver Meeting Digital ExperienceTM 2020, hosted by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), to be held from November 13-16, 2020.
The poster presentation will review positive findings from an expanded study, conducted by UK-based FibroFind, in which Hepion’s lead candidate, Rencofilstat, prevented experimentally induced liver fibrosis to a greater extent than four other leading NASH drug candidates in a human precision cut liver slices experimental model.
Dr. Daren Ure, Chief Scientific Officer of Hepion, who will be presenting the poster, said, “Rencofilstat’s distinguishing factor from other NASH drug candidates is that it directly targets fibrotic scar formation by down-regulating cyclophilin B, an important regulator of collagen synthesis. We look forward to discussing the study’s findings, which suggest that Rencofilstat has the potential to complement other therapies to decrease NASH-related liver fibrosis.”
Superior Antifibrotic Efficacy of Rencofilstat in Human Precision Cut Liver Slices
Abstract Number: 0579
Session title: Experimental NAFLD and NASH
Date: Friday, November 13, 2020
Time: 6:00 am – 11:55 pm ET
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.
Forward Looking Statements
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