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Novo development exec: ”I’m looking at a rich pipeline across all therapy areas"

Pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk is heavily expanding when it comes to disease areas and technologies. The man tasked with the job looks ahead to a bright future, while not pre-emptively betting on any specific candidate.

Martin Holst Lange, executive vice president of development at Novo Nordisk | Photo: Novo Nordisk / PR

Novo Nordisk is forging a future beyond the patent expiration for its lucrative molecule semaglutide, which is behind the company’s best-selling drug by some distance, diabetes treatment Ozempic, which sold for DKK 33.7bn (USD 5.2bn) in 2021 alone.

With the goal of securing a post-semaglutide future, Novo Nordisk is searching far and wide – not just for one candidate but for a long list of new drugs to compensate for the enormous gap that will be left once the semaglutide patent runs out.

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