for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
study started
estimated completion



This is a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involving subjects with NASH cirrhosis and severe portal hypertension (defined as HVPG ≥12 mmHg as determined by the central reader assigned to this study). Upon successful screening, subjects will be randomized to receive either emricasan 50 mg BID, 25 mg BID, or 5 mg BID or matching placebo BID.

Official Title

A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Emricasan, an Oral Caspase Inhibitor, in Subjects With Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) Cirrhosis and Severe Portal Hypertension


Cirrhosis Portal Hypertension Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis Liver cirrhosis Hypertension Fibrosis Fatty Liver Hypertension, Portal Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Caspase Inhibitors Emricasan Emricasan (5 mg) Emricasan (25 mg) Emricasan (50 mg)


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Male or female subjects 18 years or older, able to provide written informed consent and able to understand and willing to comply with the requirements of the study.
  • Cirrhosis due to NASH with exclusion of other causes of cirrhosis (e.g. chronic viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, etc.)
  • Compensated cirrhosis OR Decompensated cirrhosis with no more than 1 prior significant decompensating event
  • Severe portal hypertension defined as HVPG ≥12 mmHg
  • Subjects who are on NSBB, nitrates, diuretics, lactulose, rifaximin, or statins must be on a stable dose for at least 3 months prior to Day 1
  • Willingness to utilize effective contraception (for both males and females of childbearing potential) from Screening to 4 weeks after the last dose of study drug

You CAN'T join if...

  • Evidence of severe decompensation
  • Severe hepatic impairment defined as a Child-Pugh score ≥10
  • ALT > 3 times upper limit of normal (ULN) or AST >5 times ULN during screening
  • Estimated creatinine clearance <30 mL/min
  • Prior transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt or other porto-systemic bypass procedure
  • Known portal vein thrombosis
  • Symptoms of biliary colic, e.g. due to symptomatic gallstones, within the last 6 months, unless resolved following cholecystectomy
  • Current use of medications that are considered inhibitors of OATP1B1 and OATP1B3 transporters
  • Alpha-fetoprotein >50 ng/mL
  • History or presence of clinically concerning cardiac arrhythmias, or prolongation of screening (pre-treatment) QTcF interval of >500 msec
  • History of or active malignancies, other than those successfully treated with curative intent and believed to be cured
  • Prior liver transplant
  • Change in diabetes medications or vitamin E within 3 months of screening
  • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus (HbA1c >9%) within 3 months of screening
  • Significant systemic or major illness other than liver disease
  • HIV infection
  • Use of controlled substances (including inhaled or injected drugs) or non-prescribed use of prescription drugs within 1 year of screening
  • If female: planned or known pregnancy, positive urine or serum pregnancy test, or lactating/breastfeeding
  • Previous treatment with emricasan or active investigational medication (except methacetin) in a clinical trial within 3 months prior to Day 1


  • California Liver Research Institute
    Pasadena California 91105 United States
  • Inland Empire Liver Foundation
    Rialto California 92377 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
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Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Phase 2
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