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► The Company will collaborate with Professor Jérôme Boursier, M.D., Ph.D, a renowned scientist in the field of non-invasive diagnosis of liver lesions in chronic liver diseases
► The collaboration aims at developing one or several biomarkers or a composite biomarker score to identify patients responding to lanifibranor with regards to NASH resolution and fibrosis improvement
► The biomarker data from the NATIVE Phase IIb clinical trial with lanifibranor in NASH will be used as a first validation dataset and the lanifibranor biomarker signature would then be validated during upcoming NATIV3 Phase III clinical trial
Daix (France), February 25, 2021 – Inventiva (Euronext Paris and Nasdaq: IVA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral small molecule therapies for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) and other diseases with significant unmet medical need, today announced a collaboration in the field of NASH biomarkers with Professor Jérôme Boursier, M.D., Ph.D, Professor of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Angers University and renowned scientist in the area of non-invasive diagnosis of liver lesions in chronic liver diseases.
The objective of the collaboration is to develop one or several biomarkers or a composite biomarker score to identify patients responding to lanifibranor with regards to NASH resolution and fibrosis improvement. More specifically, Professor Jérôme Boursier, M.D., Ph.D, and his team from the HIFIH1 Laboratory (UPRES EA3859, Angers University) will use a multivariate statistical approach to finding a biomarker signature of lanifibranor in NASH treatment.
As part of this collaboration, the database from Inventiva’s NATIVE Phase IIb clinical trial evaluating lanifibranor for the treatment of NASH and containing a list of around 80 biomarkers will be used as a first validation dataset. The selected biomarker(s) or biomarker composite score would then be validated during the upcoming NATIV3 (NASH lanifibranor Phase III trial) Phase III clinical trial with lanifibranor in NASH, the initiation of which is planned for the first half of 2021. As a reminder, several analyses of biomarkers and other non-invasive tests based on the results from the NATIVE Phase IIb trial had shown promising treatment effects of lanifibranor versus placebo and were presented during a webcast event from The Liver Meeting Digital Experience™ 2020 on November 16, 2020.2
Pierre Broqua, CSO and cofounder of Inventiva, commented: “With an increasing number of patients developing NASH-related end-stage liver disease and pharmacological treatments on the horizon, there is a pressing need to develop NASH biomarkers for prognostication, patient selection and treatment monitoring. We are therefore very excited to start this collaboration with Professor Jérôme Boursier and his team, who have been extensively involved in the development of non-invasive tests to diagnose NASH patients over the past years. Developing a non-invasive biomarker signature to identify responders to lanifibranor is totally in line with our strategy to make our lead drug candidate a reference treatment for NASH patients.”
Jérôme Boursier, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Angers University, stated: “The need to develop reliable NASH biomarkers is both clear and urgent as the utility of liver biopsy, the only diagnostic approach currently available, is limited due to its invasive nature, poor patient acceptability and sampling variability. So we are very much looking forward to working with Inventiva on lanifibranor, a drug candidate that has shown very promising results in the field of NASH. Given the efficacy shown by lanifibranor during the NATIVE Phase IIb trial and the promising biomarker dataset available, we are confident that we will be able to meet our objective to develop one or several robust biomarkers or composite biomarker score.”
Biography – Jérôme Boursier
Jérôme Boursier, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Angers University, France. His main field of research covers the non-invasive diagnosis of liver lesions in chronic liver diseases, especially Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). In parallel, Professor Boursier heads the HIFIH Laboratory (UPRES EA3859, SFR 4208) at Angers University and the Department of Hepato-Gastroenterology and Digestive Oncology at Angers University Hospital. Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of Angers University, his Ph.D work focused on methodology to improve the accuracy of the non-invasive diagnosis of liver fibrosis in chronic hepatitis C. In the context of a research fellowship at the Anna Mae Diehl Lab of Duke University, Durham, United States, Professor Boursier investigated in the area of the gut microbiota and NAFLD. He currently leads many studies about the diagnosis, screening and prognosis assessment in NAFLD.
Inventiva is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral small molecule therapies for the treatment of NASH, MPS and other diseases with significant unmet medical need.
Leveraging its expertise and experience in the domain of compounds targeting nuclear receptors, transcription factors and epigenetic modulation, Inventiva is currently advancing two clinical candidates, as well as a deep pipeline of earlier stage programs.
Lanifibranor, its lead product candidate, is being developed for the treatment of patients with NASH, a common and progressive chronic liver disease for which there are currently no approved therapies. In July 2020, Inventiva announced positive topline data from its Phase IIb clinical trial evaluating lanifibranor for the treatment of patients with NASH and obtained Breakthrough Therapy and Fast Track designation for lanifibranor in the treatment of NASH.
Inventiva is also developing odiparcil, a second clinical stage asset, for the treatment of patients with subtypes of MPS, a group of rare genetic disorders. Inventiva announced positive topline data from its Phase IIa clinical trial evaluating odiparcil for the treatment of adult MPS VI patients at the end of 2019 and received FDA Fast Track designation in MPS VI for odiparcil in October 2020.
In parallel, Inventiva is in the process of selecting an oncology development candidate for its Hippo signalling pathway program. Furthermore, the Company has established a strategic collaboration with AbbVie in the area of autoimmune diseases. AbbVie has started the clinical development of ABBV‑157, a drug candidate for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis resulting from its collaboration with Inventiva. This collaboration enables Inventiva to receive milestone payments upon the achievement of pre-clinical, clinical, regulatory and commercial milestones, in addition to royalties on any approved products resulting from the collaboration.
The Company has a scientific team of approximately 70 people with deep expertise in the fields of biology, medicinal and computational chemistry, pharmacokinetics and pharmacology, as well as in clinical development. It also owns an extensive library of approximately 240,000 pharmacologically relevant molecules, approximately 60% of which are proprietary, as well as a wholly‑owned research and development facility.
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1 HIFIH: “Hémodynamique, Interaction Fibrose, Invasivité Tumorales Hépatiques” – Hemodynamics, Fibrosis Interaction and Hepatic Tumor Invasiveness.
2 A replay of the presentation is accessible via the following link: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/uy4bgbir.