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Pliant’s stock gains 41% after sharing positive data about its fibrosis therapy candidate

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Shares of Pliant Therapeutics Inc.
PLRX,
+1.37%

jumped 41.6% in premarket trading on Monday after the company shared positive data from a Phase 2a clinical trial for its experimental idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis treatment. The study, which so far has evaluated 40-, 80-, and 160-milligram doses, met the primary and secondary endpoints. Pliant said Monday it also plans to test a 320-milligram dose of the therapy in the Phase 2 trial, with plans to share 12-week data from that cohort early next year. Pliant’s stock is down 34.2% this year, while the broader S&P 500
SPX,
-0.08%

has declined 18.2%.

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