TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: GLMD) ("Galmed" or the "Company"), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company for liver, metabolic and inflammatory diseases, announced today that it will host a Key Opinion Leader (KOL) symposium and pipeline update on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11am Eastern Time. The symposium will primarily focus on Aramchol, currently in Phase 3 for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and liver fibrosis, and Amilo-5MER for chronic inflammatory disorders.
The symposium will feature KOL Arun Sanyal, MD of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, and Shomron Ben-Horin, MD of Tel-Aviv University. The event will provide a detailed overview of Galmed's two pipeline assets, Aramchol in Phase 3 for NASH and fibrosis and Amilo-5MER in development for chronic inflammatory disorders. A Q&A session will follow the formal presentations.
If you are unable to attend the event live, a replay will be available on the Galmed website following the event for a limited time.
Arun Sanyal, MD is Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Gastroenterology Division of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Prof. Sanyal also serves as Chairman of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) Clinical Research Network and the Liver Forum for NASH and fibrosis.
Professor Sanyal's research interests include all aspects of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and NASH as well as complications of end-stage liver disease. He has served as a member of numerous advisory boards to pharmaceutical companies and the liver center at Yale University. He chaired the hepatobiliary pathophysiology study section of the NIH and was a founding member of the Hepatology Committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has also served as Secretary and President of the American Association for Study of Liver Diseases. Prof. Sanyal is a leading global expert and clinician in chronic liver disease.
Prof. Sanyal is a leader in training future medical researchers and in identifying the mechanisms and clinical outcomes and developing effective management for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and metabolic syndrome. Professor Sanyal has developed, mediated, and encouraged global liver research as a physician-scientist for over 25 years.
Professor Ben-Horin specializes in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and has received his medical and gastroenterology training in Israel and was a Post-Doc scientist in immunology at Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital in New-York, USA. Prof. Ben-Horin is presently the Chief of the Gastroenterology Department at Sheba Medical Center, Israel, a Full Professor of Medicine at the Tel-Aviv University, and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Sun Yat-Sen University Hospital, Guangzhou, China. He has served as a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Crohn's and Colitis Organization (ECCO) and is presently the Chair of the Israeli IBD Society. Prof. Ben-Horin has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Gut, APT and JCC. Prof. Ben-Horin is also the Director of IBD-passport: A web-based global support program for traveling IBD patients.
About Aramchol and Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)
Aramchol (arachidyl amido cholanoic acid) is a novel fatty acid bile acid conjugate, liver targeted SCD1 modulator, developed as an oral therapy for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis ("NASH") and fibrosis. Aramchol's ability to modulate hepatic lipid metabolism was discovered and validated in animal models, demonstrating downregulation of the three key pathologies of NASH: steatosis, inflammation and fibrosis. The effect of Aramchol on fibrosis is mediated by downregulation of steatosis and directly on human collagen producing cells. Aramchol has been granted Fast Track Designation status by the FDA for the treatment of NASH.
NASH is an emerging world crisis impacting an estimated 3% to 5% of the U.S. population and an estimated 2% to 4% globally. It is the fastest growing cause of liver cancer and liver transplant in the U.S. due to the rise in obesity. NASH is the progressive form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that can lead to cardiovascular disease, cirrhosis and liver-related mortality.
About Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is a clinical stage drug development biopharmaceutical company for liver, metabolic and inflammatory diseases. Our lead compound, Aramchol™, a backbone drug candidate for the treatment of NASH and fibrosis is currently in a Phase 3 registrational study. We are also collaborating with the Hebrew University in the development of Amilo-5MER, a 5 amino acid synthetic peptide and plan to initiate a first in human study by the first quarter of 2021.
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