Hepion (HEPA) Phase 2 ‘ALTITUDE-NASH’ Trial Achieves Primary and Secondary Endpoints, Including Improvement in Liver Function and Multiple NASH Biomarkers.

Definitely NOT for traders or flippers. Long-term investors should think twice about selling here, despite the recent double, as the start of a true multi-year run may be just around the corner!

NASH is a type of liver disease in which fat (fatty liver) builds up in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol. This causes inflammation of the liver and damage to the cells in the liver, which may lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and liver failure. People with NASH are at increased risk of developing liver cancer.

Market for NASH is extremely large (estimated as ~20 million adults in U.S.
alone) and there are no currently approved drugs for the treatment of NASH, hmm.


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  • Improvements in physiologic liver function and key NASH biomarkers including ALT, ProC3, PIIINP and ELF –
  • – Results reinforce rencofilstat’s direct antifibrotic mode of action; increases confidence for reductions in fibrosis in ongoing Phase 2b ‘ASCEND-NASH’ paired biopsy trial –

EDISON, N.J., May 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hepion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:HEPA), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on artificial Intelligence (“AI”)-assisted therapeutic drug development for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (“NASH”), fibrotic diseases, hepatocellular carcinoma (“HCC”), and other chronic diseases, today announced positive topline results from its recently completed Phase 2 ALTITUDE-NASH clinical trial.


ALTITUDE-NASH met its primary endpoint by demonstrating improved physiologic liver function and was well tolerated after four months of treatment in subjects with stage 3 or greater fibrosis based on the AGILE 3+ criteria. All additional secondary endpoints were also met, including reductions in the liver injury biomarkers, alanine and aspartate transaminases (“ALT” and “AST”); and multiple fibrosis-associated biomarkers, including ProC3 (procollagen 3 C-terminal peptide), PIIINP (procollagen 3 N-terminal peptide), TIMP1 (tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1), hyaluronic acid, and enhanced liver fibrosis (“ELF”) scores (composite of PIIINP, TIMP1, and hyaluronic acid). These observations build on similar findings from a shorter Phase 2a trial and reinforce rencofilstat’s direct antifibrotic mode of action and increase the confidence for reductions in fibrosis in Hepion’s ongoing Phase 2b ASCEND-NASH paired biopsy trial.

“We are thrilled that the ALTITUDE-NASH trial met both its primary efficacy and safety endpoints, in particular with the 225 mg rencofilstat dose showing the greatest benefit to liver function and multiple NASH-associated biomarkers,” said Todd Hobbs, MD, Hepion’s Chief Medical Officer. “This trial was designed to inform us on how well rencofilstat improves hepatic function in those with significant impairment and risk for complications from their advanced NASH. Further, it provided an opportunity to evaluate data generated from different doses of rencofilstat. I am very pleased with the research team and the ALTITUDE-NASH sites that quickly recruited this study. Our improved understanding of which subjects best respond to rencofilstat can be immediately applied to increase the likelihood of success of our larger and longer ASCEND-NASH paired biopsy trial.”


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