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Orexigen(R) Therapeutics and Patheon Announce Exclusive Manufacturing Agreement for Contrave(R)
Date:3/12/2010

SAN DIEGO, Calif. and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orexigen® Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: OREX), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of obesity, and Patheon Inc. (TSX: PTI), a global provider of drug development and manufacturing services, announced today a long-term agreement for commercial manufacturing of Contrave® (naltrexone HCL sustained release (SR)/bupropion HCL SR) as well as development of future formulations of Orexigen products.  The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Patheon's manufacturing capabilities provide us a proven platform to help ensure successful market entry and stable commercial supply of Contrave in the event it is approved," said Mike Narachi, President and CEO of Orexigen.  "This relationship also provides the means to accelerate the development and commercialization of next generation formulations of Orexigen products."

"We have crafted a strategic, long-term partnership predicated on a shared commitment to maximizing the potential of Contrave and Empatic and to the mission of addressing the significant health issue of obesity," said Wes Wheeler, President and CEO of Patheon.


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