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Galmed Pharmaceuticals to Host Post-EASL Key Opinion Leader Call on the Scientific Rationale and Clinical Development of Aramchol™ for NASH
TEL AVIV, Israel, April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: GLMD) ("Galmed" or the "Company"), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of the liver targeted SCD1 modulator Aramchol™, a once-daily, oral therapy for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, announced today that it will host a Post-European Association for the Study of the Liver ("EASL") Key Opinion Leader ("KOL") call on the Scientific Rationale and Clinical Development of Aramchol for NASH, on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 1:00pm ET.
The call will feature presentations by the KOLs Scott Friedman, MD, from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Arun Sanyal, MD, from VCU Medical Center, who will provide takeaways from Galmed's presentation and scientific workshop at EASL, including a discussion on the biological heterogeneity within NASH populations and new scientific data on the mechanism by which Aramchol exerts its effect on fibrosis. KOLs and Galmed's management team will be available to answer questions at the conclusion of the call.
Scott L. Friedman, MD, is Dean for Therapeutic Discovery and Chief of the Division of Liver Diseases, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. A graduate of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He was a Medical Resident at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, and Gastroenterology Fellow at UCSF before assuming a 10-year faculty position there. He then joined the faculty as the Fishberg Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 1997 and is currently the Chief of the Division of Liver Diseases and Dean for Therapeutic Discovery. A recipient of many international honors including the Distinguished Achievement awards of the AASLD and the American Liver Foundation, and the International Hans Popper Prize, Professor Friedman has mentored over 75 postdoctoral fellows and students. He has been a named lecturer or Visiting Professor at more than 40 institutions worldwide, and has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications. Professor Friedman is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians and has been elected Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Physicians, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (where he is also past-president) and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He currently consults for over 50 pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and is widely viewed as one of the leading experts in fibrosis in the world.
Arun J. Sanyal, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Gastroenterology Division of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. 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, Chair of the NIMBLE network of the FNIH for Noninvasive Assessments in NASH and Chair of the Liver Forum. His research has spanned the translation of basic science to clinical space and more recently the translation of clinical trials to health policy and clinical practice. 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 also 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. Professor Sanyal authored more than 300 articles in such publications as Cell Metabolism, Nature Medicine, New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and The Journal of Infectious Diseases. He has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1995 and is the principal investigator of five active NIH grants. He is currently the Executive Director of the Research Training Programs of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Monday, April 30, 2018 at 1:00pm Eastern Time/10:00am Pacific Time
For those who are unable to listen at this time, a replay of the call will be available by clicking here.
About Galmed Pharmaceuticals Ltd.:
Galmed is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of Aramchol, a first in class, novel, once-daily, oral therapy for the treatment of NASH for variable populations. Galmed is currently conducting the ARREST Study, a multicenter, randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled Phase IIb clinical study designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Aramchol in 247 subjects with NASH, who are overweight or obese, and who are pre-diabetic or type-II-diabetic. More information about the ARREST Study may be found on ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02279524.
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