|Positive Gemcabene Results in Proof-of-Concept Preclinical NASH Study Presented at The Liver Meeting® 2017|
Data Support Clinical Evaluation of Gemcabene as a Potential Treatment For NAFLD/NASH
Clinical Trial in NAFLD/NASH Planned to Begin 4Q-2017
In this study, gemcabene was evaluated in the STAM™ mouse model of NASH, in which diabetic mice fed a high fat diet rapidly develop fatty liver disease. Animals were treated with either gemcabene (at doses of 30, 100 and 300 mg/kg daily), a reference drug telmisartan (Micardis®, Boeringer Ingelheim) or vehicle. Key findings were as follows:
“The effects of gemcabene on the liver histology and gene expression levels associated with inflammation revealed by this study are complementary to the results observed in dyslipidemia patients, and support our plans to move forward with the clinical evaluation of gemcabene in NAFLD/NASH,” said Dr.
Gemcabene’s mechanism of action and safety profile are highly differentiated from other clinical candidates
Gemphire’s product candidate gemcabene is a first-in-class, once-daily, oral therapy that may be suitable for patients who are unable to achieve normal levels of LDL-C or triglycerides with currently approved therapies, primarily statins. Gemcabene's mechanism of action (MOA) is designed to enhance the clearance of very low-density lipoproteins (VLDLs) in the plasma and inhibition of the production of cholesterol and triglycerides in the liver. The combined effect of these mechanisms has been clinically observed to result in a reduction of plasma non-HDL-C, VLDL-C, LDL-C, apolipoprotein B and triglycerides. In addition, gemcabene has been shown to markedly lower C-reactive protein in humans and improve insulin sensitization. Gemcabene’s MOA is liver-directed involving downregulation of hepatic apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III) mRNA expression and decrease of plasma apoC-III levels. Gemcabene also reduces acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC1) and CCR2/CCR5 receptor mRNA levels, markers involved in the progression of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)/non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Gemcabene has demonstrated proof of concept efficacy for NASH in the rodent STAM™ model developed at
Gemphire is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that is committed to helping patients with cardiometabolic disorders, including dyslipidemia and NASH. The Company is focused on providing new treatment options for cardiometabolic diseases through its complementary, convenient, cost-effective product candidate gemcabene as add-on to the standard of care, especially statins, that will benefit patients, physicians, and payors. Gemphire has initiated 3 clinical trials for homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH), heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH)/atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), and severe hypertriglyceridemia (SHTG) under NCT02722408, NCT02634151, and NCT02944383, respectively, with a fourth planned trial in NASH to initiate in the fourth quarter of 2017. Please visit www.gemphire.com for more information.
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