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Novo Nordisk re-initiates phase 3 development of liraglutide for obesity (22 June 2010)

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Novo Nordisk today announced the decision to re-initiate the global phase 3 development programme of liraglutide for the treatment of obesity.

Following the US approval of Victoza® for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, Novo Nordisk has been in dialogue with the FDA regarding the further progression of the development programme investigating the potential of liraglutide within obesity. Based on the feedback from the FDA, Novo Nordisk now plans to re-initiate the global phase 3 programme in the first half of 2011 in clinical trials comprising approximately 5,000 patients.

The re-initiation of liraglutide obesity trials underlines Novo Nordisk's dedication to the development of the liraglutide portfolio, that is the cardiovascular outcomes trial for Victoza® (LEADER(TM)), the obesity programme, the fixed-ratio combination of insulin degludec and liraglutide, and finally a once-weekly version of liraglutide.

Novo Nordisk remains committed to the development of a longer-acting GLP-1 analogue and now expects to outline the clinical development strategy for semaglutide, a once-weekly GLP-1 analogue, and the once-weekly version of liraglutide in the second half of 2011.

About GLP-1 analogue Victoza® (liraglutide)

Once-daily Victoza® is the first human GLP-1 (Glucagon-Like Peptide-1) analogue developed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Victoza® lowers blood glucose by stimulating the release of insulin and lowering of glucagon secretion when blood sugar levels are high and also by slowing gastric emptying. Victoza® also reduces body weight and body fat mass through mechanisms involving reduced hunger and lowered energy intake. Victoza® is a once-daily injection taken any time of day independent of meals.

Novo Nordisk received marketing authorisation for Victoza® on 30 June 2009 in the EU, 20 January 2010 in Japan and 25 January 2010 in the US. It has been launched in the US, Canada, Japan, India, UK, Germany, France and several other European markets.

About LEADER(TM)

LEADER(TM) (Liraglutide Effect and Action in Diabetes: Evaluation of Cardiovascular Outcome Results) is a long-term, multicentre, international, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3b trial which will include around 9,000 patients over a five-year period.

The trial will compare liraglutide added to standard of care with standard of care alone in people with type 2 diabetes.

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 87 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within haemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs more than 29,650 employees in 76 countries, and markets its products in 179 countries. Novo Nordisk's B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen (Novo-B). Its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NVO). For more information, visit novonordisk.com.

Yderligere information:

Media: Investors:
   
Mike Rulis Klaus Bülow Davidsen
Tel: (+45) 4442 3573 Tel: (+45) 4442 3176
mike@novonordisk.com klda@novonordisk.com
   
  Kasper Roseeuw Poulsen
  Tel: (+45) 4442 4471
  krop@novonordisk.com
   
In North America: In North America:
Sean Clements Hans Rommer
Tel: (+1) 609 514 8316 Tel: (+1) 609 919 7937
secl@novonordisk.com hrmm@novonordisk.com

Company Announcement no 32 2010


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