Metacrine Choosing Between Two NASH FXR Agonists It Calls Best-In-Class
Biotech is determining which of its mid-stage FXR candidates – MET409 and MET642 – will offer the best overall profile to take into Phase IIb. It is also studying ‘409 in combination with Jardiance and will test the FXR class in inflammatory bowel disease.
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