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The clinical results of SCO-267 was presented at the Virtual 81st Scientific Sessions - American Diabetes Association: First report on the clinical data of a GPR40 full agonist in the phase 1 trial

Kanagawa, Japan, June 28, 2021Life Science NewswireSCOHIA presented the results of a phase 1 clinical trial for SCO-267, an orally bioavailable GPR40 full agonist, at the Virtual 81st Scientific Sessions - American Diabetes Association, June 25-29, 2021.

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First in human, single and repeated-dose study of SCO-267, a GPR40 full agonist, in healthy adults and subjects with glucose intolerance

The presentation is available on the company's website (

Free fatty acid receptor 1 (GPR40) is a G protein-coupled receptor expressed in pancreatic islet and enteroendocrine cells, and SCO-267 is potentially a first in class full agonist of this receptor1-4. To the best of our knowledge, we are the first to reveal the effects of single- and multiple-oral doses of GPR40 full agonist in healthy adults and diabetic patients. SCO-267 was safe and well tolerated at all tested doses, and exhibited good potential for once daily dosing. In this study, we demonstrated that SCO-267-mediated full agonism of GPR40 stimulates the secretion of both islet and gut hormones, including insulin, glucagon, glucagon-like peptide 1, glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide, and peptide YY in humans5. Oral administration of SCO-267 remarkably decreased fasting hyperglycemia and improved glycemic control during an oral glucose tolerance test in diabetic patients, without inducing hypoglycemia. These results collectively suggest a clinical potential of SCO-267 in treating diabetes. Based on its feature of stimulating islet and gut hormones, which regulate metabolism and body weight, SCO-267 may exhibit clinical benefits in treating diabetes, obesity, and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Therefore, SCO-267 is currently being prepared for a phase 2 clinical trial.


1          Koyama, R., Ookawara, M., Watanabe, M. & Moritoh, Y. Chronic Exposure to SCO-267, an Allosteric GPR40 Full Agonist, Is Effective in Improving Glycemic Control in Rats. Mol Pharmacol 99, 286-293, doi:10.1124/molpharm.120.000168 (2021).

2          Furukawa, H. et al. Design and Identification of a GPR40 Full Agonist (SCO-267) Possessing a 2-Carbamoylphenyl Piperidine Moiety. J Med Chem 63, 10352-10379, doi:10.1021/acs.jmedchem.0c00843 (2020).

3          Ookawara, M., Matsuda, K., Watanabe, M. & Moritoh, Y. The GPR40 Full Agonist SCO-267 Improves Liver Parameters in a Mouse Model of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease without Affecting Glucose or Body Weight. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 375, 21-27, doi:10.1124/jpet.120.000046 (2020).

4          Ueno, H. et al. SCO-267, a GPR40 Full Agonist, Improves Glycemic and Body Weight Control in Rat Models of Diabetes and Obesity. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 370, 172-181, doi:10.1124/jpet.118.255885 (2019).

5          Insulin and glucagon are secreted by pancreatic islet, and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide (GIP), and peptide YY (PYY) by enteroendocrine cells, to regulate metabolism and body weight.


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Last Updated: 29-Jun-2021