GENFIT Announces the Publication of New Data on the Clinical Performance of NIS2+™ in Older Patients in Hepatology Communications
Lille (France); Cambridge (Massachusetts, United States); Zurich (Switzerland); August 10, 2023 - GENFIT (Nasdaq and Euronext: GNFT), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the lives of patients with rare and severe liver diseases, today announced the publication of new data on the clinical performance of NIS2+™ in older patients, for the detection of at-risk nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in Hepatology Communications1.
In conjunction with Labcorp, a global leader of innovative and comprehensive laboratory services, data reported in the manuscript is the first to show and compare the clinical performance of NIS4® and its recently developed and improved upgrade NIS2+™ in a population of older adults (≥65 years of age) with well-established biomarker panels: FIB-4, NFS, ELF and ALT.
While previously published data showed that NIS2+™ had a high overall clinical performance for the detection of at-risk NASH achieving an AUROC2 of 0.81 in a large study population, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the US requires peer-reviewed, published data showing that tests, that will be used for patient management, have high assay performance in patients who are ≥65 years of age. Results of this study showed the clinical performance of NIS2+™ was superior to other tests for the diagnosis of at-risk NASH in patients ≥65 years of age, greatly assisting with CMS reimbursement efforts. These data support the clinical value of this blood-based test for the diagnosis of at-risk NASH in older adults who would benefit from intensive lifestyle or therapeutic interventions.
Arun J Sanyal, MD, FAASLD, commented: “I am delighted to see this work published. At-risk NASH is a serious condition that is commonly present in those 65 years or older and can progress silently to cirrhosis. This study demonstrates that the NIS2+™ test can be used to identify this population, and provides clinicians a tool that can be used in primary care settings to identify patients with this condition, so that they can engage in more aggressive management strategies or triage them for tertiary care. Such simple, yet validated, tools are not widely available, and they represent an important addition to the diagnostic armamentarium for metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease.”
NIS2+™ is a blood-based diagnostic test specifically designed to detect at-risk NASH among patients with metabolic risk factors based on an independent 2-biomarker panel. It was developed and validated by GENFIT as a robust Non-Invasive Test (NIT) across characteristics of interest such as type-2 diabetes, age and sex, allowing large-scale implementation in clinical practice.
GENFIT is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the lives of patients with rare and severe liver diseases characterized by high unmet medical needs. GENFIT is a pioneer in liver disease research and development with a rich history and strong scientific heritage spanning more than two decades. Thanks to its expertise in bringing early-stage assets with high potential to late development and pre-commercialization stages, today GENFIT boasts of a successful Phase III trial (ELATIVE®) evaluating elafibranor in Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) and a growing and diversified pipeline of innovative therapeutic and diagnostic solutions. Its R&D pipeline covers six therapeutic areas via seven programs which explore the potential of differentiated mechanisms of action, across a variety of development stages (pre-clinical, Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3). These diseases are acute on chronic liver failure (ACLF), hepatic encephalopathy (HE), cholangiocarcinoma (CCA), urea cycle disorders (UCD), organic acidemias (OA) and PBC. Beyond therapeutics, GENFIT’s pipeline also includes a diagnostic franchise focused on NASH and ACLF. GENFIT has facilities in Lille and Paris (France), Zurich (Switzerland) and Cambridge, MA (USA). GENFIT is a publicly traded company listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market and on compartment B of Euronext’s regulated market in Paris (Nasdaq and Euronext: GNFT). In 2021, IPSEN became one of GENFIT’s largest shareholders and holds 8% of the company’s share capital. For more information, visit www.genfit.com
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