Biotech company Gilead Sciences  (GILD - Get Report)  will team up with Danish healthcare company Novo Nordisk  (NVO - Get Report) in their efforts to help combat liver disease.

The two companies said they will collaborate on clinical trials for medications for treating nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

"The intended clinical trial will be a proof of concept study," according to a press release from Gilead.

It also explains the potential severity of the disease: "If left untreated, individuals living with NASH may face serious consequences, including end-stage liver disease, liver cancer and the need for liver transplantation, and are at a significantly higher risk of liver-related mortality."

The company statement bills Gilead and Novo Nordisk as leaders in molecular science and clinical expertise, respectively.

"[Together] we aim to develop innovative, new and effective combination therapies to help people with NASH," said Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, chief science officer at Novo Nordisk, in a statement.

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