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Intercept Pharmaceuticals and Servier Announce Agreement for Intercept's TGR5 Research Program in Type 2 Diabetes
Date:8/9/2011

omplement those of other classes of marketed diabetes drugs."

About TGR5

TGR5 (GPR131) is a cell-surface G protein coupled receptor that is regulated by bile acids. Bile acids are known to be key regulators of lipid, glucose and overall energy metabolism. This receptor has been shown to be a key regulator of energy homeostasis through induction of the incretin GLP-1 in the intestine with resulting insulin sensitizing effects, as well as through activation of metabolic pathways in brown adipose tissue and skeletal muscle that drive energy expenditure and resulting resistance to weight gain. TGR5 is also involved in the modulation of cytokine production by immune cells, potentially playing a role in the control of inflammation.

About Intercept Pharmaceuticals

Intercept is a biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing small molecule drugs for the treatment of chronic liver and metabolic diseases.  The company's most advanced programs are focused on the development of modified bile acids that are selective for FXR, a nuclear receptor, and TGR5. Bile acid signaling through these receptors regulates key aspects of lipid, glucose and overall energy metabolism, while also serving to maintain the functional integrity of the liver, intestine and kidneys, organs that are exposed to bile acid flux. For more information about Intercept, please go to www.interceptpharma.com and for information about Intercept's lead investor, Genextra S.p.A., please go to www.genextra.it. CONTACT: Mark Pruzanski, M.D. or Barbara Duncan, both of Intercept Pharmaceuticals, +1-646-747-1000.

About Servier

Servier is the leading independent pharmaceutical company in France with sales worldwide reaching EUR3.7 billion in 2010. The Servier Research Group is established in 140 countries with its main therapeutic products treating ty
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