Akero Therapeutics is currently conducting a Phase 2a clinical trial on its lead program AKR-001 for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, which can lead to liver fibrosis, liver failure, cancer and even death.
InSphero develops 3D microtissues for use during drug development to evaluate the impact of a drug on the human body. Its 3D InSight Human Liver Disease Platform is also based on this 3D microtissue technology and makes it possible to develop drugs in vitro, rather than testing them on animals.
“With InSphero’s human in vitro liver disease platform, we will evaluate AKR-001’s effects on human liver cells to help contextualize results from our ongoing Phase 2a clinical trial,” said Time Rolph, co-founder and chief scientific officer of Akero Therapeutics.
Jan Lichtenberg, co-founder and CEO of InSphero, said that his company is excited to work with Akero, adding that the new research partnership “highlights the rapid adoption of our novel in vitro discovery platform”.