NEW YORK, Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:ICPT) (Intercept), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat non-viral, progressive liver diseases, today announced multiple Ocaliva ® (obeticholic acid) for PBC and INT-767 data presentations at the upcoming American Academy for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Annual Meeting (The Liver Meeting ®), taking place November 11 - 15 in Boston, MA. "We have numerous presentations at this year's Liver Meeting, among them an oral presentation examining Ocaliva's effects on non-invasive fibrosis measurements in patients with PBC," said David Shapiro, M.D., Intercept's Chief Medical Officer & Executive Vice President, Development. "Other PBC presentations include an evaluation of Ocaliva data using a long-term prognostic model developed by the UK-PBC Study Group and analyses of Ocaliva's safety and efficacy in PBC patient populations with end-stage liver disease and renal disease. In addition, we look forward to sharing an analysis of fibrosis data from the FLINT trial in NASH and new preclinical research examining INT-767 - our FXR/TGR5 dual agonist - in animal models of NASH and metabolic disease." Intercept also announced its sponsorship of the new TARGET-NASH patient registry, which will advance the understanding of NASH diagnosis and management across multiple populations in a real world setting. As the NASH treatment landscape evolves, the registry will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new agents across populations not included or underrepresented in Phase 3 clinical trials. TARGET-NASH is led by an academic steering committee chaired by Drs. Arun Sanyal of Virginia Commonwealth University, Ken Cusi of the University of Florida and Brent Tetri of St. Louis University. The registry is currently enrolling and additional details about TARGET-NASH are available at ClinicalTrials.gov. In the United States, Ocaliva was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) in adults with an inadequate response to UDCA, or as monotherapy in adults unable to tolerate UDCA. Obeticholic acid is also being investigated for patients with NASH and liver fibrosis, as well as primary sclerosing cholangitis and biliary atresia.