SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Akero Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: AKRO), a cardio-metabolic non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) company developing pioneering medicines designed to restore metabolic balance and improve the overall health of NASH patients, today announced that an abstract detailing additional analyses of the data from its Phase 2a BALANCED study of efruxifermin (EFX) has been accepted for presentation at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience™ 2020 of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) to be held November 13 - 16.
The new analyses will be presented in the presidential plenary oral session by Stephen Harrison, M.D., medical director of Pinnacle Clinical Research, in a presentation titled "Efruxifermin (EFX), a long-acting Fc-FGF21 fusion protein, administered for 16 weeks to patients with NASH substantially reduces liver fat and ALT, and improves liver histology: analysis of a randomized, placebo-controlled, Phase 2a study (BALANCED)." The abstract was published in the October supplement of Hepatology, the peer-reviewed journal of AASLD.
Abstract Title: Efruxifermin (EFX), a long-acting Fc-FGF21 fusion protein, administered for 16 weeks to patients with NASH substantially reduces liver fat and ALT, and improves liver histology: analysis of a randomized, placebo-controlled, Phase 2a study (BALANCED).
Abstract Number: 8
Presenting Author: Stephen Harrison, M.D.
Session Date: November 15, 2020
Session Time: 9-10:30 a.m. ET
NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) is a serious form of NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) and is estimated to affect 17 million Americans. NASH is closely linked to the obesity and diabetes epidemics seen around the world. NASH is characterized by an excessive accumulation of fat in the liver that causes stress and injury to liver cells, leading to inflammation and fibrosis, which can progress to cirrhosis, liver failure, cancer and eventually death. As a result, NASH has become a leading cause of liver transplants in the US and Europe.
Efruxifermin (EFX), formerly AKR-001, is Akero's lead product candidate for NASH. EFX increases insulin sensitivity, improves lipoproteins, reduces liver fat and inflammation, and reverses fibrosis. The breadth of desirable metabolic effects offers potential to address the complex, multi-organ/tissue pathogenesis of NASH, including risk factors linked to cardiovascular disease – the leading cause of death in NASH patients. Engineered to mimic the biological activity profile of native human FGF21, EFX offers convenient once-weekly dosing. Based on guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), EFX will be evaluated in an innovative adaptive Phase 2b/3 pivotal study in biopsy confirmed NASH patients to be initiated in the first half of 2021.
About Akero Therapeutics
Akero is a cardio-metabolic NASH company dedicated to reversing the escalating NASH epidemic by developing pioneering medicines designed to restore metabolic balance and improve overall health of NASH patients. The Company's lead product candidate, efruxifermin, has been evaluated in a 16-week Phase 2a clinical trial, the BALANCED study. Akero Therapeutics is headquartered in South San Francisco, CA. For more information, please visit www.akerotx.com.
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