S5-E20.3 – Drug Development Highlights From EASL Congress 2024: “Twin-Cretins” & Efruxifermin

S5-20.3 - Drug Development Highlights From EASL Congress 2024: "Twin-Cretins" & Efruxifermin
This conversation explores issues regarding incretin agonists and discusses results from the efruxiermin late-breaker at the EASL Congress 2024.

Naim Alkhouri and Mazen Noureddin join Jörn Schattenberg and Roger Green to discuss issues regarding incretin agonists and results from the efruxiermin late-breaker at the EASL Congress 2024.

Naim shares his general excitement about glucagon agents in general. He mentions that the efinopegdutide study included a semaglutide cell, which showed further reduction in liver fat vs. the GLP-1 agent.

Jörn comments on the high level of tolerability in the survodutide trials. Mazen shares his high hopes for GLP/glucagons and the triple agents. He goes back to review the survodutide data from the NEJM article.

Mazen shares the late-breaker data that Vlad Ratziu presented on behalf of Stephen. This is a 96-week, triple biopsy study showing dramatic, sustained fibrosis improvement with a 30% delta for one level and a 21% delta for two levels. Jörn notes that the triple biopsies are demonstrate the durability of the agent against fibrosis. Roger notes this is particularly encouraging because of the previous pegbelfermin data showing loss of efficacy and tachyphylaxis. Naim concurs and adds that if the two-stage drop in fibrosis can be sustained, this would be a “big deal for the field” that might lead prescribers to think about FGF-21 as indication therapy with a “more tolerated” oral later on.

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