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Novo Nordisk A/S. (8/10/23). "Press Release: Novo Nordisk to Acquire Inversago Pharma to Develop New Therapies for People Living with Obesity, Diabetes and other Serious Metabolic Diseases". Bagsværd & Montreal.

Organisations Organisation Novo Nordisk A/S
  Group Novo Group (Group)
  Organisation 2 Inversago Pharma Inc.
  Group Novo Group (Group)
Products Product INV-202 (Inversago Pharma)
  Product 2 drug development
Index term Index term Inversago Pharma–Novo Group: investment, 202308– acquisition up to $1.075b in cash by Novo Nordisk A/S
Persons Person Lange, Martin Holst (Novo Group 202308 EVP Development at Novo Nordisk)
  Person 2 Ravenelle, François (Inversago Pharma 202308 CEO)

Novo Nordisk A/S and Inversago Pharma today announced that Novo Nordisk has agreed to acquire Inversago for up to 1.075 billion US dollars in cash if certain development and commercial milestones are achieved. Inversago Pharma is a private, Montreal-based developer of CB1 receptor-based therapies for the potential treatment of obesity, diabetes and complications associated with metabolic disorders.

The acquisition of Inversago includes the company’s lead development asset INV-202, an oral CB1 inverse agonist. INV-202 is designed to preferentially block the receptor protein CB1 – which plays an important role in metabolism and appetite regulation – in peripheral tissues such as adipose tissues, the gastro-intestinal tract, the kidneys, liver, pancreas, muscles and lungs.

INV-202 demonstrated weight loss potential in a phase 1b trial and is currently in a phase 2 trial for diabetic kidney disease (DKD). Additional pipeline assets are also being developed for metabolic and fibrotic disorders. Novo Nordisk intends to investigate the potential of INV-202 for obesity and obesity-related complications.

“The acquisition of Inversago Pharma will further strengthen our clinical development pipeline in obesity and related disorders,” said Martin Holst Lange, executive vice president for Development at Novo Nordisk. “This promising class of medicine pioneered by the Inversago team could lead to life-changing new treatment options for those living with a serious chronic disease and, in particular, may offer alternative or complementary solutions for people living with obesity.”

CB1 plays an important role in appetite regulation and other cardiometabolic pathways. The mechanistic and preclinical therapeutic effects of peripheral CB1 receptor blocking are well-studied across a range of cardiometabolic and fibrotic diseases, supporting the potential treatment of many people with current unmet needs.

“We are delighted to join forces with a global leader in the obesity and metabolic disorder space,” said François Ravenelle, chief executive officer of Inversago Pharma. “We believe this combination will help unlock the full medical potential of our CB1 blockers and may one day expand treatment options for people living with metabolic syndrome, obesity and related complications. Novo Nordisk has world-class research facilities, significant global reach and a rich culture of collaboration seeking to bring our therapeutic treatments to market.”

Inversago employs 22 people, who will continue to focus on the successful completion of the ongoing and planned trials, while working closely with Novo Nordisk to drive Inversago’s technology forward in future clinical trials. The closing of the acquisition is subject to receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and other customary conditions and is expected to happen before the end of 2023.

About Inversago Pharma

Based in Montreal Canada, Inversago Pharma, is a privately owned, clinical stage company, and leader in the development of next generation CB1 receptor blocker therapies designed to help patients with complications associated with metabolic and fibrotic diseases. Inversago aims to provide new treatment options that improve the lives of patients affected by a wide range of cardiometabolic disorders. For more information, visit

About Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is a leading global healthcare company, founded in 1923 and headquartered in Denmark. Our purpose is to drive change to defeat serious chronic diseases, built upon our heritage in diabetes. We do so by pioneering scientific breakthroughs, expanding access to our medicines, and working to prevent and ultimately cure disease. Novo Nordisk employs about 59,000 people in 80 countries and markets its products in around 170 countries. For more information, visit, Facebook, Instagram, X, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Contacts for further information

Novo Nordisk Media:

Kate Hanna

Ambre Brown Morley
+45 3079 9289

Natalia Salomao Abrahao (US)
+1 848 304 1027

Novo Nordisk investors:

Daniel Muusmann Bohsen
+45 3075 2175

Jacob Martin Wiborg Rode
+45 3075 5956

David Heiberg Landsted
+45 3077 6915

Mark Joseph Root (US)
+1 848 213 3219

Sina Meyer
+45 3075 6656

Frederik Taylor Pitter
+45 3075 8259

Inversago Media:

Philippe Périou

Inversago Investors:

Glenn S. Vraniak

Record changed: 2024-01-06


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