GENFIT: New Data Presented at AASLD The Liver Meeting Digital Experience™
- New data on the identification of at-risk NASH using NIS4™ technology alone or in combination with other non-invasive tests
- New clinical data on NIS4™ technology as a prognostic biomarker to identify patients with higher likelihood of disease progression
- Late breaker abstract on the detection of immune cells in liver tissue based on a combination of handcrafted and deep-learning approach
- Other new NASH data including clinical data supporting the correlation of NASH activity scores with fibrosis and markers of glucose metabolism, and late breaker abstract presenting final results of the RESOLVE-IT™ interim surrogate efficacy analysis
Lille (France), Cambridge (Massachusetts, United States), November 16, 2020 – GENFIT (Nasdaq and Euronext: GNFT a late-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the lives of patients with metabolic and chronic liver diseases, today announced that data on NIS4™ technology and the complete RESOLVE-IT Phase 3 NASH clinical trial were among those highlighted in five posters at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience™ (TLMdX), the annual scientific congress of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), that was held virtually from November 13 to November 16, 2020.
Posters and Presentations
Title: Identification of patients with at-risk NASH or advanced fibrosis using NIS4™ alone or in combination as compared with other testing strategies
Poster: # 1519
Author/s: Q. M. Anstee et al.
Title: Baseline levels of NIS4™ and other fibrosis biomarkers and prediction of histological progression to advanced fibrosis in NASH
Poster: # 1484
Author/s: S. A. Harrison et al.
Title: Automated detection of immune cells in liver tissue based on a combination of handcrafted and deep-learning approach
Author/s: B. Allaert et al.
Title: RESOLVE-IT™ Phase 3 trial of elafibranor in NASH: final results of the week 72 interim surrogate efficacy analysis
Author/s: S. A. Harrison et al.
Title: One-year changes in histological NASH activity scores are correlated with changes in fibrosis and glucose metabolism markers
Poster: # 1538
Author/s: V. Ratziu et al.
The Liver Meeting® is one of the most important hepatology congresses for the medical and scientific community. It brings together more than 10,000 scientists, gastroenterologists and hepatologists from around the world. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition of the Liver Meeting has become The Liver Meeting Digital Experience™ (TLMdX), an online forum for the exchange of groundbreaking ideas and findings in basic, translational, and clinical research in diseases of the liver and biliary tract, and in liver transplantation.
NIS4™ is GENFIT’s non-invasive, blood-based diagnostic technology, developed to identify patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and significant to advanced fibrosis (F>2), also referred to as at-risk NASH. In January 2019, GENFIT signed a licensing agreement with LabCorp® to make NIS4™ technology available for use in clinical research through their drug development subsidiary, Covance. In September 2020, GENFIT expanded the agreement to enable LabCorp to develop and commercialize a test based on NIS4™ technology for use as a clinical diagnostic across different practice settings throughout the US and Canada. The test is anticipated to be commercially available in early 2021. GENFIT continues to explore opportunities to obtain formal marketing authorization of an in vitro diagnostic (IVD) version of NIS4™ in the U.S. and European markets. For more information, please visit: https://nis4.com.
NASH is a liver disease characterized by an accumulation of fat (lipid droplets), along with inflammation and degeneration of hepatocytes. NASH is a serious disease that often carries no symptoms in its early stages, but if left untreated can result in cirrhosis, cancer, and the need for liver transplant. The prevalence of NASH is rapidly increasing as a result of the growing obesity and diabetes epidemics and is believed to affect as much as 12 percent of people in the U.S. and six percent worldwide. Because of its asymptomatic nature, NASH is often undiagnosed, and can only be confirmed through an invasive biopsy. GENFIT is developing an effective non-invasive diagnostic technology that could help diagnose patients non-invasively and on a large scale.
GENFIT is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the lives of patients with cholestatic and metabolic chronic liver diseases. GENFIT is a pioneer in the field of nuclear receptor-based drug discovery, with a rich history and strong scientific heritage spanning more than two decades. GENFIT is currently enrolling in a Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating elafibranor in patients with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). As part of GENFIT’s comprehensive approach to clinical management of patients with liver disease, the Company is also developing NIS4™, a new, non-invasive blood-based diagnostic technology which could enable easier identification of patients with at-risk NASH. NIS4™ technology has been licensed to LabCorp in the U.S. and Canada for the development and commercialization of a blood-based molecular diagnostic test powered by NIS4™ technology. GENFIT has facilities in Lille and Paris, France, 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). www.genfit.com
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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