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As a result of the industry’s steady progress in the clinic, coupled with the enormous commercial opportunity inherent in NASH, NASH stocks soared over the course of 2014 to 2018. Then, the bottom fell out.

GSK is planning a Phase III trial evaluating bepirovirsen as a potential functional cure for chronic hepatitis B infection, despite the most recently released data appearing less robust than the interim analyses. The trial is expected to begin in the first half of 2023.

Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. said on Friday its treatment for patients with advanced liver scarring due to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) failed to meet the main goal of a late-stage study, sending its shares down as much as 21%.

Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical companies Vertex and Verve Therapeutics have entered into an exclusive four-year research partnership to discover and nurture a gene editing therapy for a yet-undisclosed liver disease. 

Intercept Pharmaceuticals said it would resubmit its application for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) treatment to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration based on new interim analysis of data from an ongoing late-stage study. The company is seeking approval for obeticholic acid to treat fibrosis or scarring associated with NASH, a serious progressive liver disease caused by excessive fat accumulation in the liver.