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A Study to Test Safety and Efficacy of BI456906 in Adults With Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) and Fibrosis (F1-F3)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT04771273
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 25, 2021
Last Update Posted : March 19, 2024
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Boehringer Ingelheim

Brief Summary:

This study is open for men and women with a liver disease called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and liver fibrosis. The purpose of the study is to find out whether a medicine called BI 456906 helps patients with NASH and liver fibrosis. The study tests 3 different doses of BI 456906 to find the dose that helps best. Participants are put into 4 groups randomly, which means by chance. There are 3 groups that each receive a different dose of BI 456906 and there is 1 group that receives placebo. BI 456906 and placebo are given as an injection under the skin once per week. The placebo injection looks like the BI 456906 injection but does not contain any medicine.

Participants are in the study for a little over 1 year (60 weeks). During this time, they visit the study site several times and have some video calls in addition. At the visits, the study doctors take different measurements. To see whether the treatment works, the doctors take a very small sample of liver tissue (biopsy) from each participant at the start and at the end of the study. They also examine the liver by ultrasound and MRI. The doctors also regularly check the general health of the participants.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) Drug: BI 456906 Drug: Placebo Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 295 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Multicenter, Double-blind, Parallel-group, Randomized, 48 Weeks, Dose-ranging, Placebo-controlled Phase II Trial to Evaluate Efficacy, Safety and Tolerability of Multiple Subcutaneous (s.c.) Doses of BI 456906 in Patients With Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) and Fibrosis.
Actual Study Start Date : April 27, 2021
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 9, 2023
Actual Study Completion Date : December 21, 2023

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: BI 456906 low dose
low dose
Drug: BI 456906
BI 456906

Experimental: BI 456906 medium dose
medium dose
Drug: BI 456906
BI 456906

Experimental: BI 456906 high dose
high dose
Drug: BI 456906
BI 456906

Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Drug: Placebo

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Percentage of patients with histological improvement of NASH (NAS reduction of 2 or more points) after 48 weeks of treatment [ Time Frame: Week 48 ]

    Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) Activity Score (NAS) represents the sum of scores for steatosis (0-3), lobular inflammation (0-3) and ballooning (0-2); the total score ranges from 0 to 8.

    Improvement in histological findings is defined as a composite of:

    • Improvement in NASH is defined as a composite of: Decrease of at least 2 points in NAS with at least 1 point decrease in NAS subscore of either lobular inflammation or ballooning AND
    • No worsening of fibrosis, defined as absence of any increase in the fibrosis stage.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Improvement of liver fat content (yes/no) defined as at least 30 percent (%) relative reduction in liver fat content after 48 weeks of treatment compared to baseline [ Time Frame: Week 48 ]
    Assessment will be done by magnetic resonance imaging proton density fat fraction measurement (MRI-PDFF)

  2. Absolute and relative change of liver fat content from baseline after 48 weeks of treatment assessed by MRI-PDFF [ Time Frame: Week 48 ]
  3. Improvement of fibrosis (yes/no) defined as at least one stage decrease in fibrosis stage after 48 weeks of treatment assessed by liver biopsy [ Time Frame: Week 48 ]
  4. Absolute change from baseline in NAS after 48 weeks of treatment assessed by liver biopsy [ Time Frame: Week 48 ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Male or female patients ≥ 18 years (or who are of legal age in countries where that is greater than 18 years) and ≤ 80 years of age at time of consent.
  2. Diagnosis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) (Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) Activity Score (NAS) ≥ 4, with at least 1 point in inflammation and ballooning each) and fibrosis stage F1-F3 proven by a biopsy conducted during the screening period or by a historical biopsy conducted within the last 6 months prior to randomization and stable body weight defined as less than 5% self-reported change in body weight between the historical biopsy and randomization, if a historical biopsy is used.
  3. Liver fat fraction ≥ 8% measured by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)-Proton Density Fat Fraction (PDFF) and liver stiffness > 6.0 kPa measured by FibroScan® at Visit 1 (if biopsy is scheduled during the screening period MRI-PDFF and FibroScan® assessments have to be performed prior to the biopsy). However, the diagnosis of NASH and fibrosis at liver biopsy (including historical biopsy) is the primary assessment to establish patient eligibility.
  4. Patients willing and able to undergo liver biopsies per protocol as judged by the Investigator.
  5. Signed and dated written informed consent in accordance with ICH-GCP and local legislation prior to admission to the trial.
  6. Women of childbearing potential (WOCBP)1 must be willing and able to use two forms of effective contraception where at least one form is highly effective methods of birth control per International Council on Harmonisation (ICH) M3 (R2) that result in a low failure rate of less than 1% per year when used consistently and correctly. A list of contraception methods meeting these criteria is provided in the patient information.

Further inclusion criteria apply.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Current or history of significant alcohol consumption (defined as intake of > 210 g/ week in males and > 140 g/ week in females on average over a consecutive period of more than 3 months) or inability to reliably quantify alcohol consumption based on Investigator judgement within the last 5 years.
  2. Intake of medications historically associated with liver injury, hepatic steatosis or steatohepatitis within 12 weeks prior to Visit 1. Intake of restricted medications or any medications considered likely to interfere with the safe conduct of the trial.
  3. History of other forms of chronic liver disease (e.g., viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver disease, primary biliary sclerosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, Wilson's disease, hemochromatosis, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (A1At) deficiency, history of liver transplantation). Hepatitis B and C testing will be done at Visit 1. Patients with positive Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) should be excluded. Patients treated for hepatitis C must have a negative RNA test at screening and also be Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) RNA negative for at least 3 years prior to screening in order to be eligible for the trial.
  4. Suspicion, diagnosis, or history of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), or any documented active or suspected malignancy or history of malignancy within 5 years prior to screening, except appropriately treated basal cell carcinoma of the skin or in situ carcinoma of uterine cervix.
  5. Personal or family history of medullary thyroid carcinoma or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2, manifest hypo- or hyperthyroidism at Visit 1.
  6. History of chronic or acute pancreatitis or elevation of serum lipase/amylase > 2x ULN or fasting serum triglyceride levels of > 500 mg/dL (> 5.65 mmol/L) at screening.
  7. Known history of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection and/or tuberculosis and/or an acute COVID-19 infection at Visit 1 (confirmed by SARS CoV-2 RT-PCR test). Further exclusion criteria apply.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT04771273

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Boehringer Ingelheim
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Boehringer Ingelheim Identifier: NCT04771273    
Other Study ID Numbers: 1404-0043
2020-002723-11 ( EudraCT Number )
First Posted: February 25, 2021    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 19, 2024
Last Verified: March 2024
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Yes
Plan Description:

After the study is completed and the primary manuscript is accepted for publishing, researchers can use this following link to request access to the clinical study documents regarding this study, and upon a signed "Document Sharing Agreement".

Also, Researchers can use the following link to find information in order to request access to the clinical study data, for this and other listed studies, after the submission of a research proposal and according to the terms outlined in the website.

The data shared are the raw clinical study data sets.

Supporting Materials: Study Protocol
Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP)
Clinical Study Report (CSR)
Time Frame: After all regulatory activities are completed in the US and EU for the product and indication, and after the primary manuscript has been accepted for publication.
Access Criteria: For study documents - upon signing of a 'Document Sharing Agreement'. For study data - 1. after the submission and approval of the research proposal (checks will be performed by both the independent review panel and the sponsor, including checking that the planned analysis does not compete with sponsor's publication plan); 2. and upon signing of a 'Data Sharing Agreement'.

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Fatty Liver
Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases