Novo Signs Up Another Oral Insulin Partner, Hedging Its Bets
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
Novo Nordisk places another oral insulin technology bet with Emisphere; expands partnership with Merrion beyond insulin.
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The diabetes market presents competitive, commercial, and regulatory challenges, but its size and breadth spur emerging biotechs to develop an ever-wider range of treatments and technologies.
The Danish pharma is focused on the latest formulation technology for insulin and GLP-1 and combinations thereof to sustain its diabetes market leader position. It’s not particularly worried about biosimilars, despite two of its top sellers coming off-patent in the next few years.
The recent release of preliminary Phase III results for Generex Biotechnology Corp.’s buccal spray Oral-lyn put the challenging, but alluring for a few dogged developers, oral insulin development space back in the spotlight momentarily.