Tobira/Dong-A Partnership Will Add DPP-4 Inhibitor For NASH Combo Therapy
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
California biotech acquires rights to Suganon, approved for type 2 diabetes in South Korea, while partner Dong-A gets domestic rights to NASH candidate cenicriviroc.
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Intercept continues to lead the non-alcoholic steatohepatitis race, but some analysts think Gilead is making up ground; data presented at AASLD shows those two, along with Allergan/Tobira and Bristol, are jockeying to produce combination regimens for the unmet medical need.
Allergan will pay a huge premium – up to $1.7bn in a milestone-heavy deal – for Tobira and $50m up front for the preclinical startup Akarna to expand its gastrointestinal franchise into the potentially lucrative NASH market.
Earlier dialogues would mean faster access to new medicines.