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

Shares of CymaBay Therapeutics soared after the company announced the experimental primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) treatment seladelpar hit the mark in a Phase III study that sets up potential regulatory approval for this indication.

Following negative interim data from the company’s experimental treatment for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and fibrosis, France’s GENFIT will discontinue the Phase III RESOLVE-IT study of elafibranor in this indication.

Glympse Bio secured $46.7 million in a Series B fundraising round that will be used to support continued development of the company’s novel biosensor platform in fibrotic diseases such as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), oncology and infectious diseases.

Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly is adding 462 new jobs in Durham County, North Carolina over five years.

Shares of Durect Corporation plunged more than 31 percent after the company announced the Phase IIa plaque psoriasis treatment sulfated oxysterol failed to distinguish itself against placebo.

CymaBay Therapeutics Inc. is scrapping two mid-stage trials of the liver disease drug seladelpar after biopsies found a type of liver damage in some patients, sending the company’s shares down more than 75 percent.

Cambridge, Mass.-based Dicerna Pharmaceuticals signed a research collaboration and licensing deal with Switzerland’s Roche for chronic hepatitis B virus therapies that could hit $1.67 billion.

Pliant Therapeutics and Novartis reached a strategic collaboration and license deal to develop and commercialize integrin targets for liver fibrosis associated with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston published research that found an injectable hormone called tesamorelin decreases liver fat and prevented liver fibrosis in HIV patients affected by non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.