Hepion’s CSO, Dr. Daren Ure, to Highlight Rencofilstat as a Novel Drug Candidate for Liver Fibrosis
EDISON, NJ / October 23, 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”) and chronic viral infection, today announced that its Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Daren Ure, will present at the 3rd Annual NASH Summit taking place in London, UK from October 23-25, 2019.
On October 25, 2019 at 9:20 a.m., Dr. Ure will highlight Rencofilstat’s potential as a treatment for NASH in a talk entitled, “Rencofilstat, a Novel Drug Candidate for Liver Fibrosis.” Dr. Ure will review several experimental models demonstrating the reduction of liver fibrosis as Rencofilstat’s most consistent effect.
Dr. Robert Foster, Hepion Pharmaceuticals’ CEO, said, “This presentation is an excellent opportunity to showcase Rencofilstat’s potential to treat not only NASH, but a spectrum of chronic liver disease. With pan-cyclophilin inhibition as its primary mode of action, Rencofilstat targets fibrosis, inflammation and cancer through multiple cyclophilin-mediated mechanisms. Our studies have demonstrated Rencofilstat’s ability to reduce liver fibrosis in a number of models, as well as decrease tumor burden in advanced disease, suggesting applicability across various stages of liver disease.
“With no currently approved treatments for NASH, Rencofilstat’s unique mechanism of action and broad range of effects during the progression from early- to late-stage disease provide for a very promising drug candidate. We are excited to discuss our research findings, and Rencofilstat’s potential as a novel therapeutic with the world’s leading liver disease experts at this event.”
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 chronic hepatitis virus infection (HBV, HCV, HDV). 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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