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Results from Galmed’s Phase 2b ARREST study with aramchol published in Nature Medicine
– The data complements the growing body of clinical and scientific evidence demonstrating the therapeutic potential of aramchol, a stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD 1) down regulator, for the treatment of NASH and fibrosis
– A Phase 3 program is currently underway with a higher daily dose of aramchol
TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 11, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: GLMD) (“Galmed” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company in liver, metabolic and inflammatory diseases, today announced that the annual results of the global, randomized, placebo-controlled Phase 2b ARREST Studies of aramchol in patients with NASH were published in Nature Medicine (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-021-01495-3).
In the Phase 2b ARREST study, 247 patients with NASH were randomized and confirmed by a liver biopsy. Patients were randomized in a 2: 2: 1 ratio to receive aramchol 400 mg, 600 mg, or placebo once daily. The manuscript describes the complete data analyzes including liver fat reduction through imaging, improvements in liver histology and liver enzymes, and aramchol’s very good safety profile.
Aramchol is the most advanced down regulator of SCD 1 in clinical development. Aramchol, by targeting this single receptor, a major metabolic master switch, induces a cascade of events leading to two main changes: In hepatocytes, aramchol increases fatty acid oxidation (or in other words – fat burning) and affects AMPK, which also results in it in reducing glycemic parameters; and in hepatic stellate cells, aramchol regulates collagen production (i.e., fibrosis). The data from the Phase 2b ARREST study published in this article demonstrate how aramchol’s mechanism of action translates into clinical performance.
This published study, in addition to the previously demonstrated and published mechanistic studies, provided the rationale for further development of aramchol for patients with NASH and fibrosis and the potential for further improvement in efficacy through higher drug exposure (> 50% higher).
The ARMOR Study – a multinational, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, Phase 3 clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Aramchol 300 mg twice daily in patients with NASH with an open section to evaluate safety, PK and kinetics Response to treatment for aramchol is currently ongoing (NCT04104321).
Prof. Vlad Ratziu, Professor of Hepatology, Sorbonne Université, lead author of the study and co-director of the ARMOR study, commented: “The publication of the detailed results of the ARREST study in a prestigious general medical journal such as Nature Medicine is appealing. ” pointed out to the scientific community this molecule with an innovative mechanism of action and its potential for treating fibrotic NASH. We look forward to seeing the effects of optimized aramchol exposure in NASH patients from the Phase 3 ARMOR study. ”
“The publication of these data in Nature Medicine demonstrates the strong clinical community interest in this unmet need. We are grateful to all of the patients and clinical centers around the world who participated in the study, ”said Allen Baharaff, President and CEO of Galmed. “Coupled with recent recent publications shedding light on aramchol’s MoA and, in particular, its direct effects on fibrosis, these results underscore the significant potential of aramchol as a therapeutic option for patients diagnosed with NASH and fibrosis. We are committed to evaluating the safety and efficacy of aramchol in patients diagnosed with NASH and fibrosis in our ongoing ARMOR Phase 3 study. ”
About aramchol and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
Aramchol (arachidylamidocholanic acid) is a novel fatty acid-bile acid conjugate, a liver-targeted SCD1 modulator that was developed as an oral therapy for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (“NASH”) and fibrosis. Aramchol’s ability to modulate hepatic lipid metabolism was discovered and validated in animal models, demonstrating the downregulation of the three key pathologies of NASH: steatosis, inflammation and fibrosis. Aramchol’s effect on fibrosis is mediated by downregulating steatosis and directly on human collagen-producing cells. Aramchol has received Fast Track Designation status from the FDA for the treatment of NASH.
NASH is an emerging world crisis that affects an estimated 3 to 5% of the US population and an estimated 2 to 4% worldwide. It is the fastest growing cause of liver cancer and liver transplants in the US due to the rise in obesity. NASH is the progressive form of non-alcoholic fatty liver, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, liver cirrhosis, and liver-related mortality. There are currently no approved therapies for NASH.
Galmed Pharma Ltd.
Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the clinical development of drugs for liver, metabolic and inflammatory diseases. Our lead compound Aramchol ™, a backbone drug candidate for the treatment of NASH and fibrosis, is currently in a Phase 3 registration trial. We are also working with the Hebrew University on the development of Amilo-5MER, a synthetic 5 amino acid peptide.
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