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Additional Results of Global Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Study Group Analysis to be Presented at AASLD Annual Meeting
Date:10/1/2013

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICPT)(Intercept), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat chronic liver diseases such as primary biliary cirrhosis, today announced that two analyses by the Global Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC) Study Group (also known as the PBC Supergroup) have been accepted for oral presentation at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), taking place November 1 – 5 in Washington, D.C.

Data from over 3,895 PBC patients collected and pooled by an independent group of 15 academic medical centers across eight countries have been analyzed by the Global PBC Study Group. These analyses are expected to further confirm that the surrogate biochemical endpoint used by Intercept in its ongoing Phase 3 POISE trial (i.e., alkaline phosphatase (ALP) < 1.67x upper limit of normal and normal bilirubin) is strongly predictive of adverse clinical outcomes in PBC patients.

"This international collaboration has assembled data from the largest group of PBC patients to have ever been evaluated since PBC was first described over 150 years ago," commented Dr. Henk van Buuren, one of the principal investigators at Erasmus University Medical Centre. "The data show that abnormal biochemical values predict a higher risk of adverse clinical outcomes.  We believe that our results will facilitate the development of new drugs by clearly establishing meaningful biochemical goals for therapy and enable physicians to determine if a given treatment is effective. PBC is a rare disease and we are very grateful to our colleagues at the many participating institutions around the world for sharing their data."

The two abstracts from the Global PBC Study Group can be accessed thro
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