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Novo Nordisk to acquire Corvidia Therapeutics

Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen

Novo Nordisk has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Corvidia Therapeutics Inc., a privately held, clinical stage company focused on the research and development of transformative therapies for cardio-renal diseases.

Corvidia Therapeutics’ lead candidate, ziltivekimab, a fully human monoclonal antibody directed against Interleukin-6 (IL-6), is being developed to reduce the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and inflammation.

725 million US dollars

Under the terms of the agreement, Novo Nordisk will acquire all outstanding shares of Corvidia Therapeutics for an upfront payment of 725 million US dollars in cash. Total payments to Corvidia Therapeutics shareholders could ultimately amount to 2.1 billion US dollars in cash upon the achievement of certain regulatory and sales milestones by Novo Nordisk.

Expand its presence across a range of cardiometabolic diseases

The acquisition of Corvidia Therapeutics and its lead candidate, ziltivekimab, is aligned with Novo Nordisk’s strategy to expand its presence across a range of cardiometabolic diseases that are closely linked to Novo Nordisk’s core business within diabetes and obesity. Ziltivekimab is being evaluated in a phase 2b dose-finding clinical trial in patients who have an increased risk of ASCVD with CKD and inflammation.

“We believe that ziltivekimab has the potential to become a first- and best-in-class treatment to lower the burden of cardiovascular disease in a patient population that is at high risk of major adverse cardiovascular events,” says Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer of Novo Nordisk.

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