- Treatment with Aramchol 300mg BID resulted in a high rate of subjects with fibrosis improvement using NASH CRN, paired ranked reading and Artificial Intelligence (AI) quantitative digital analysis.

- At week 48, both paired and AI evaluations identified more subjects with fibrosis improvement (65% and 100% respectively) compared to NASH CRN scoring.

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: GLMD) ("Galmed" or the "Company"), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company for liver, metabolic and inflammatory diseases announced today interim results from the Open-Label Part of the ARMOR study showing fibrosis improvement with Aramchol using multimodality histological assessment.

Galmed Pharmaceuticals Logo

The Open-Label Part of the ARMOR study was designed to explore the kinetics of histological outcome measures as a function of treatment duration. Acknowledging the complexity, variability and moderate reproducibility in liver pathology reading, this part was also used to further assess different methodologies that may support and improve fibrosis scoring, in preparation for the registrational double-blind, placebo-controlled part of the study. All slides were assessed using three histopathological reading methodologies. A central pathology committee scored the biopsies according to the conventional, formal, NASH CRN scoring system (F1-F4).

Since paired reading may best reflect real-world pathological assessment, the same central committee was also asked to perform a ranked assessment (improvement/worsening/stable) of paired (pre and post treatment) biopsies, scrambled and blinded to sequence. This allows identifying fibrosis improvement that may be missed by the formal scoring as well statistical quantification of change from baseline.

An automated and continuous score of Fibrosis Composite Severity (FCS) was established for the same slides using FibroNest™, a quantitative Digital Pathology image analysis and artificial intelligence (AI) method. This allows identifying fibrosis improvement that may be missed by the formal scoring as well statistical quantification of change from baseline.

Results of post baseline biopsies performed either at 24 weeks or at 48 weeks from 46 subjects with NASH and F1-3 that received Aramchol support the anti-fibrotic effect of Aramchol and reinforce the favorable safety profile of Aramchol.

 

Biopsy Methodologies

 

24 Weeks

48 Weeks


N

%

N

%


All

 

26

 

100.0

 

20

 

100.0

 



Fibrosis Improvement (1 stage or more) based on NASH CRN

 

7

 

26.9

 

8

 

40.0

 


Fibrosis Improvement (Paired reading ranked assessment) based on

comparing individual patients slides

11

 

42.3

 

13

 

65.0

 


Subject Fibrosis Response (AI reading) using Fibronest's Phenotypic

Fibrosis Composite Score (A responder is defined by an absolute

reduction of > 0.3 units)

15

 

 

57.7

 

 

20

 

 

100.0

 

 


Treatment with Aramchol 300mg BID resulted in a high rate of subjects with fibrosis improvement across the three pathology reading methods. Both paired and AI evaluations identified more subjects with fibrosis improvement, indicating greater sensitivity to detect change.  For all methods, a treatment effect was larger at 48 compared to 24 weeks. AI analysis showed mean FCS reduction was -0.62 (p=0.017) at Wk24 and -1.74 (p<0.0001) at Wk>48.

Allen Baharaff, Co-founder, President and CEO of Galmed commented "The results we are announcing today reinforce the robust anti-fibrotic effects of Aramchol observed to date. The Open-Label Part of the study continues to provide valuable information for optimization of our clinical development program.  Galmed remains in the forefront of the scientifical efforts to re-assess and improve biopsy reading methodologies, for future benefit of NASH clinical trials".

About ARMOR Study

ARMOR is a Phase 3 study comprised of two-parts, an open-label part and a randomized, double-controlled, placebo part, designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Aramchol in approximately 200 sites in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.

The first part, an open-label study, is designed to evaluate treatment response kinetics, pharmacokinetics and safety of twice daily administration of Aramchol 300mg in approximately 150 subjects with NASH and liver fibrosis stage 1-3 (F1 capped at 30 subjects), subjects with NASH who may or may not be overweight, and subjects with NASH who may or may not have type 2 diabetes or be pre-diabetic. Patients are randomized (1:1:1) into three groups with post-baseline liver biopsy being performed at 24 weeks, 48 weeks, or 72 weeks, respectively. The open label part is being conducted at approximately 50 selected sites in the U.S., and around the world which have been less affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second part, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of twice daily administration of Aramchol 300 mg to support regulatory approval, with both a histology-based phase and a clinically-based phase. As currently designed, a total of 2000 subjects with NASH and liver fibrosis stage 2 and 3 who are overweight and are either pre-diabetic or have type 2 diabetes are expected to be randomized 2:1 to receive Aramchol 300mg BID or matching placebo. In the histology-based phase, we intend to treat 1000 subjects with Aramchol or matching placebo for 72 weeks until the second biopsy. The histology-based data is intended to serve as the basis for the submission of a Sub-part H marketing authorization application under regulatory provisions of accelerated/conditional approval.

About Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is a clinical stage drug development biopharmaceutical company for liver, metabolic and inflammatory diseases. Their lead compound, Aramchol™, a backbone drug candidate for the treatment of NASH and fibrosis is currently in a Phase 3 registrational study. Galmed is also collaborating with the Hebrew University in the development of Amilo-5MER, a 5 amino acid synthetic peptide.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release may include forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements relating to Galmed's objectives, plans and strategies, as well as statements, other than historical facts, that address activities, events or developments that Galmed intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future. These statements are often characterized by terminology such as "believes," "hopes," "may," "anticipates," "should," "intends," "plans," "will," "expects," "estimates," "projects," "positioned," "strategy" and similar expressions and are based on assumptions and assessments made in light of management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Many factors could cause Galmed's actual activities or results to differ materially from the activities and results anticipated in forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the following: the timing and cost of Galmed's pivotal Phase 3 ARMOR trial, or the ARMOR Study or any other pre-clinical or clinical trials; completion and receiving favorable results of the ARMOR Study for Aramchol or any other pre-clinical or clinical trial; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; regulatory action with respect to Aramchol or any other product candidate by the FDA or the EMA; the commercial launch and future sales of Aramchol or any other future products or product candidates; Galmed's ability to comply with all applicable post-market regulatory requirements for Aramchol or any other product candidate in the countries in which it seeks to market the product; Galmed's ability to achieve favorable pricing for Aramchol or any other product candidate; Galmed's expectations regarding the commercial market for NASH patients or any other indication; third-party payor reimbursement for Aramchol or any other product candidate; Galmed's estimates regarding anticipated capital requirements and Galmed's needs for additional financing; market adoption of Aramchol or any other product candidate by physicians and patients; the timing, cost or other aspects of the commercial launch of Aramchol or any other product candidate; the development and approval of the use of Aramchol or any other product candidate for additional indications or in combination therapy; and Galmed's expectations regarding licensing, acquisitions and strategic operations. More detailed information about the risks and uncertainties affecting Galmed is contained under the heading "Risk Factors" included in Galmed's most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on March 18, 2021, and in other filings that Galmed has made and may make with the SEC in the future. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release and reflect Galmed's current views with respect to future events, and Galmed does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Logo: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1713483/Galmed_Pharmaceuticals_Logo.jpg

 

Cision View original content:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/galmed-reports-interim-results-from-the-open-label-part-of-the-armor-study-with-aramchol-showing-robust-fibrosis-improvement-across-multimodality-histological-assessment-301535151.html

SOURCE Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Copyright 2022 PR Newswire

Galmed Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GLMD)
Historical Stock Chart
From Nov 2022 to Dec 2022 Click Here for more Galmed Pharmaceuticals Charts.
Galmed Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GLMD)
Historical Stock Chart
From Dec 2021 to Dec 2022 Click Here for more Galmed Pharmaceuticals Charts.