AstraZeneca said on Aug. 26 a late-stage trial showed the company’s medicine for a rare disease that causes accumulation of copper in the body was three times more successful in helping remove deposits from tissues compared with standard care.

International biopharmaceutical firm Genevant Sciences announced a global collaboration and licensing deal with Takeda Pharmaceutical to create and commercialize new therapies that would hopefully treat two undisclosed types of rare liver diseases.

Los Angeles-based biopharmaceutical firm Enochian BioSciences received a green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for feedback on a possible cure for infections caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV).

Jerusalem-based SpliSense, which focuses on cystic fibrosis and other genetic pulmonary diseases, closed on a $28.5 million Series B financing round. Participating in the round were OrbiMed, Israel Biotech Fund, Integra Holdings and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

SubjectWell – the largest risk-free clinical trials marketplace – released statistics on patients’ attitudes toward clinical research, specifically those with liver diseases. 

Gilead Sciences Inc. bolstered the company’s capabilities in treating liver diseases with a €1.15 billion ($1.4 billion) cash acquisition of Germany-based Myr GmbH, which is focused on developing therapies for the treatment of chronic hepatitis delta virus (HDV), the most severe form of viral hepatitis.

BioSpace reviews whose wallets got thicker in the biopharma industry, from largest to smallest, during the Nov. 11-17 period

Gilead Sciences and Novo Nordisk presented data from a Phase II proof-of-concept clinical trial of semaglutide in combinations with cilofexor and/or firsocostat in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

Inventiva, with headquarters in Daix, France, received Breakthrough Therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the company’s lanifibranor for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

Merck entered into an exclusive licensing deal with Hanmi Pharmaceutical for the development, manufacture and commercialization of efinopegdutide for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).