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NST doses first patient in Phase 2b clinical study of icosabutate in NASH (‘ICONA’)

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NorthSea Therapeutics B.V., (‘NST’) a Dutch biotech company developing novel and innovative strategies for the treatment of NASH (Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis) and other metabolic, inflammatory and fibrotic diseases, today announces dosing of the first patient with icosabutate in a phase 2b dose ranging study (‘ICONA’).

The ICONA study (ICOsabutate in NASH) aims to randomise 264 patients to one of three different treatment groups; placebo, icosabutate 300mg and icosabutate 600mg with a treatment period of 52 weeks. The study’s primary endpoint is the resolution of NASH without worsening of fibrosis, based on changes in liver biopsy parameters from baseline to 52 weeks. Full details are available on Clinicaltrials.gov - NCT04052516. The study is expected to run until 2H 2021. An interim analysis of secondary endpoints from the first 90 patients treated for 16 weeks is planned for mid 2020 and will include safety and selected efficacy parameters. The ICONA study is being conducted at approximately 30 sites in the USA.

Icosabutate, NST’s lead product, is a structurally designed fatty acid that regulates pivotal pathways involved in hepatic lipids, inflammation and fibrosis.

Rob de Ree, NST’s CEO, commented: “Dosing the first patient is a pivotal milestone for the Company in our endeavour to develop a novel strategy for the treatment of NASH. I am very pleased with our productive collaboration with Dr. Stephen Harrison, MD in executing our clinical development plan for icosabutate”.

Dr. Stephen Harrison, MD, Principal Investigator, added: “ICONA is an important dose ranging phase 2b study in NASH, exploring a novel, broad mechanism of action targeting the three main manifestations of NASH, namely hepatic fat, inflammation and fibrosis. It is exciting to see the study start with this first randomisation, and we expect to see swift enrolment into the ICONA study”.