If Orexigen Disappears, Who's Left In The Obesity Market?
Orexigen, one of just five biopharma companies with an obesity product on the market, has become concerned about its ability to stay in business. Even so, the misfortune of several firms hasn't dissuaded others, including Novo Nordisk, from investing in the potentially large weight-loss market.
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