Akero Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that is focused on developing and commercializing treatments for serious metabolic diseases. The Company is engaged in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a disease without any approved therapies. NASH is a severe form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, characterized by inflammation and fibrosis in the liver that can progress to cirrhosis, liver failure, cancer and death. The Companyâ€™s lead product candidate, AKR-001, which the Company is developing as a treatment for patients with NASH, is an analog of fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21). FGF21 is an endogenously-expressed hormone that regulates metabolism of lipids, carbohydrates and proteins throughout the body.