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Takeda, Amylin End Pact

By Gil Roth | December 26, 2012

Commercial prospects sink obesity combo

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Amylin Pharmaceuticals have mutually terminated their worldwide agreement to co-develop and commercialize compounds for obesity. The pact began in October 2009, .

The companies announced in August 2011 their decision to discontinue the development of pramlintide/metreleptin, an investigational combination therapy for the treatment of obesity. That joint decision was based on a commercial reassessment of the pramlintide/metreleptin program, which had been in Phase II development as a twice-a-day injection formulation. The companies have since decided to formally terminate the partnership at this time. Amylin was purchased by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca in June 2012.

Takeda released a statement that read, "Having greatly benefited from the Amylin team's collective experience and scientific expertise, Takeda will continue to enhance its R&D activities in the area of obesity as well as its other core therapeutic areas to meet the needs of patients."

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