EDISON, NJ / October 10, 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 Stephen Harrison, M.D., has been appointed as Consultant Medical Director.
Dr. Harrison is currently a Visiting Professor of Hepatology at the Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford. He is also the Medical Director for Pinnacle Clinical Research and the President of Summit Clinical Research.
Dr. Harrison is a peer-reviewer for more than 20 medical journals. He is internationally known for studies in hepatitis C and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with more than 200 peer reviewed publications in these fields. Dr. Harrison previously served as a Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and as Associate Editor for Hepatology and Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Most recently, Dr. Harrison served as a Colonel in the United States Army, retiring in 2016 to conclude 20 years of dedicated service to his country. During his army tenure, he served as the Director of Graduate Medical Education at Brooke Army Medical Center, Associate Dean for the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, and Gastroenterology Consultant to the Army Surgeon General.
Dr. Harrison earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center and a 4th year advanced liver disease fellowship at Saint Louis University. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
“Dr. Harrison joined our Scientific Advisory Board in August 2019 and we are honored that he has agreed to take on this expanded role with the Company,” said Dr. Robert Foster, Hepion Pharmaceuticals’ CEO. “As a world-renowned expert in chronic hepatitis, fatty liver disease and NASH, Dr. Harrison’s experience and guidance will be a tremendous asset as we progress Rencofilstat’s clinical development. Dr. Harrison’s appointment comes on the heels of our recently announced expanded Management team.”
“Hepion has an outstanding leadership team with many decades of experience with cyclophilin drug development,” commented Dr. Harrison. “Rencofilstat’s novel mechanism of action and positive preclinical data bode well for a possible effective treatment for NASH-related fibrosis. NASH presents as a significant unmet need, so I am very much looking forward to working with the Hepion team to realize Rencofilstat’s full potential.”
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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