Diabetes drugmaker Novo Nordisk will start a late-stage clinical trial to test the company’s GLP-1 analogue semaglutide as a treatment for early Alzheimer’s disease.

Denmark’s Novo Nordisk is acquiring New Jersey-based Emisphere Technologies in a deal worth about $1.8 billion.

Merck entered into an exclusive licensing deal with Hanmi Pharmaceutical for the development, manufacture and commercialization of efinopegdutide for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

A panel of the European medicines regulator recommended approving Novo Nordisk’s new diabetes pill Rybelsus, further boosting prospects for the Danish drugmaker with the company’s first-of-a-kind, non-injectable treatment.

Novo Nordisk is involved in a clinical trial using the company’s GLP-1 analog diabetes drug Victoza to evaluate if the medicine can improve brain function and cognition in Alzheimer’s patients.

Novo Nordisk’s Ozempic (semaglutide) won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reduce the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke, or death in adults with type 2 diabetes and known heart disease.

Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk is aiming for a big slice of the multibillion-dollar diabetes market with a new pill approved by U.S. authorities that caters for patients with an aversion to needles.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Novo Nordisk’s Rybelsus (semaglutide) tablets 7 mg or 14 mg for adults with type 2 diabetes that along with diet and exercise may improve blood sugar.

AstraZeneca made strides toward the company’s goal of adding heart failure to the conditions that can be treated by Farxiga, putting the diabetes drug ahead of a rival medicine from Eli Lilly.

Novo Nordisk’s sales forecast for 2019 was raised due to growing demand for obesity products and a new injectable treatment for diabetes, which is now the company’s growth engine as insulin sales decline.