Novo Nordisk licenses global rights to potential new haemostasis therapy

Novo Nordisk has entered a global licence agreement with French biotechnology company C2X Pharma and the French national institute for health and medical research for thrombin-activable factor X



COPENHAGEN, Denmark | December 17, 2007 |
Novo Nordisk has entered a global licence agreement with French biotechnology company C2X Pharma and the French national institute for health and medical research (Inserm) for thrombin-activable factor X. The protein, which is in early preclinical development, is a novel type of bypassing agent, capable of propagating blood clotting independently of factors VIII and IX. Novo Nordisk intends to explore the protein’s potential for becoming a new treatment option for haemophilia and other critical bleeding conditions.

The agreement supports Novo Nordisk’s ambition to expand its portfolio of projects within haemophilia and haemostasis through partnerships with biotech companies and research institutions around the world.

Thrombin-activable factor X was discovered by Professor Martine Aiach, Doctor Bernard Le Bonniec, Doctor Pierre-Emmanuel Marque and their team at Unit Inserm 428 (Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences Faculty at René Descartes University) and further developed to its current stage by C2X Pharma.

Novo Nordisk is a healthcare company and a world leader in diabetes care. The company has the broadest diabetes product portfolio in the industry, including the most advanced products within the area of insulin delivery systems. In addition, Novo Nordisk has a leading position within areas such as haemostasis management, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. Novo Nordisk manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products and services that make a significant difference to patients, the medical profession and society. With headquarters in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs approximately 25,800 employees in 79 countries, and markets its products in 179 countries. Novo Nordisk’s B shares are listed on the stock exchanges in Copenhagen and London. Its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘NVO’. For more information, visit novonordisk.com.

SOURCE: Novo Nordisk

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