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Liraglutide provides significantly better glucose control than,insulin glargine in phase 3 study

pleased with these first results from the liraglutide phase 3 programme, showing that liraglutide provides improved glucose control compared to insulin glargine while, at the same time, leading to significant weight loss."

Novo Nordisk expects to announce headline results from the remaining four LEAD(TM) studies during the second half of 2007 and the first quarter of 2008. Detailed results from the full LEAD(TM) programme are expected to be published in peer reviewed journals and communicated at future scientific meetings.

The results of the phase 3 trial do not change Novo Nordisk's expectations for the company's financial results for 2007, which were provided on 2 May in connection with the release of the financial results for the first three months of 2007.

Conference call
At 12.30 pm CET today, corresponding to 6.30 am EDT, a conference call for investors will be held. Investors will be able to listen in via a link on novonordisk.com, which can be found under 'Investors - Download centre'.

About liraglutide, LEAD(TM) and HbA1c
Liraglutide is a once-daily human analogue of the naturally occurring hormone Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (GLP-1). The compound is being developed by Novo Nordisk for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, and is currently in phase 3 development. Liraglutide works by stimulating the release of insulin only when glucose levels become too high. In contrast to most other antidiabetic treatments liraglutide also leads to weight loss instead of weight increase.

The LEAD(TM) programme (Liraglutide Effect and Action in Diabetes) is comprised of five randomised, controlled, double-blind studies conducted in more than 40 countries. The programme includes around 3,800 patients with type 2 diabetes whose blood glucose is inadequately controlled.

HbA1c is an abbreviation for glycated haemoglobin HbA1c. The level of HbA1c reflects the average blood glucose level ov
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