Novo Nordisk Divides R&D, Expects More Late-Stage Studies In 2021
CSO To Retire, And Rybelsus Sales Grow
Novo Nordisk’s newer GLP1 products for diabetes, Ozempic and Rybelsus, drove the company’s sales growth in 2020, and with its CSO retiring after a two-decade shift, internal appointments are made to lead a reorganized R&D function.
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The dual GLP-1/GIP agonist outpaced Novo's blockbuster GLP-1 analogue at all three doses, including the important low dose, on A1C reduction and weight reduction in patients with type 2 diabetes.
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