Conatus Endures Another NASH Setback With Failure To Hit Fibrosis Endpoint
The pan-caspase inhibitor emricasan, partnered with Novartis, misses fibrosis-reduction endpoint in Phase IIb study, following the failure last December of a trial in portal hypertension.
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After multiple Phase IIb trial failures, Conatus says it will fulfill contractual obligations and consider strategic alternatives. Partner Novartis was already focused on other candidates and partnerships in NASH.
Novartis's broad but early-stage NASH pipeline will use FXR agonist tropifexor as its keystone for developing combination therapies with outside partners.
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