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Huge acquisition scores Novo Nordisk an FDA-ready treatment

Through acquiring Dicerna, Novo Nordisk is getting its hands on a drug candidate that is expected to be submitted for FDA approval during first quarter of 2022.

In around a year's time, Novo Nordisk may be able to enter a new market with an approved treatment under its belt, after its USD 3.3bn acquisition of Dicerna.

As well as knowledge and technology, Novo Nordisk is also taking over a number of drug candidates in the clinical phase, including the most advanced candidate, nedosiran, which is being developed as a treatment for primary hyperoxaluria, a rare condition characterized by recurring kidney and bladder stones. This candidate is expected to be submitted in the first quarter of 2022 for FDA approval, which can then spend up to ten months deliberating over whether the candidate can be authorized for use on the US market.

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