Genfit Has Enroled its First Patient in a NASH Phase III Trial

11/03/2016 - 2 minutes

Genfit (France) has enroled their first patient in the highly anticipated phase III trial (RESOLVE-IT) for NASH, a fatty-liver disease currently without any approved treatment.

genfit_liver_nash_elafibranor_gft505This is good news for Genfit, which managed to kickstart a phase III trial for their lead candidate, Elafibranor, just one year after the read-out of the phase IIb results.

There is, of course, much expectation regarding the clinical development of this candidate. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a disease on the rise, linked to diabetes and obesity. It already affects about 30 million people worldwide – who have no treatment option so far.

This led to a drug race, involving Big Pharma names like AbbVie and Gilead, but also smaller players, such as DS Biopharma (Ireland) – which has an innovative bioactive lipid in phase I.

Given the hype, a lot of money is being moved around. Boehringer Ingelheim and Gilead both acquired candidates for NASH.

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