EDISON, NJ / November 7, 2019 / 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 it will present at The Liver Meeting® 2019, hosted by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), to be held in Boston, MA from November 8-12, 2019.
The poster presentation will address Rencofilstat’s ability to decrease liver fibrosis in a carbon tetrachloride mouse model of liver injury and compare its activity to obeticholic acid, a leading, late clinical-phase drug candidate for NASH. Rencofilstat was found to concentrate in the liver, the intended site of action, which helps to explain its efficacious activity.
Dr. Daren Ure, Chief Scientific Officer of Hepion Pharmaceuticals, who will be presenting the poster, said, “Having previously demonstrated Rencofilstat’s ability to reduce liver fibrosis in several studies in experimental NASH, the present findings from a very different experimental model provide strong, additional evidence that direct targeting of fibrotic disease processes in the liver is one of Rencofilstat’s primary mechanisms of action.”
Rencofilstat Targets the Liver and Decreases Liver Fibrosis in the Carbon Tetrachloride Mouse Model
Publication Number: 2242
Authors: Daren Ure1, Joseph Kuo2, Michael Bobardt2, Udayan Chatterji2, Daniel Trepanier1, Philippe Gallay2, Robert Foster1
1Hepion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2Department of Immunology & Microbiology, The Scripps Research Institute
Date: Monday, November 11, 2019
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Hall B
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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