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Conatus Achieves Positive Results with Emricasan in Initial Stage of Phase 2 Liver Cirrhosis Clinical Trial


SAN DIEGO, Jan. 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced that the three-month, double-blind, placebo-controlled stage of the company’s multicenter Phase 2 Liver Cirrhosis clinical trial showed a statistically significant reduction in caspase-cleaved cytokeratin 18 (cCK18) vs. placebo (p=0.04) in the overall patient population when adjusted for differences between treatment and placebo groups in baseline Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD)1 score and disease etiology as specified in the trial statistical analysis plan. cCK18 is a mechanism-specific biomarker of caspase-driven cell death. Multiple additional liver disease biomarkers achieved statistically significant reductions vs. placebo in the overall patient population after three months of treatment, while others achieved positive trends. The company believes that the consistent pattern of improvement across these biomarkers in the overall patient population provides strong evidence of a favorable treatment effect with emricasan, the company’s first-in-class, orally-active pan-caspase inhibitor.

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