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OREXIGEN THERAPEUTICS, INC. filed this Form S-1/A on 04/09/2007
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Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc.
Our Company
We are a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of pharmaceutical product candidates for the treatment of central nervous system, or CNS, disorders, with an initial focus on obesity. Our strategy involves combining individual generic drugs that have previously received regulatory approval for other indications and, thus, have established post-marketing safety records. We systematically screen these drugs for synergistic CNS activity and combine them into new product candidates that we believe address unmet medical needs and are patentable. We are testing combinations of individual generic drugs in our product candidates in an effort to demonstrate adequate efficacy and safety for potential regulatory approval and have not yet received regulatory approval of any product candidate. Our lead combination product candidates targeted for obesity are Contravetm, which is in a Phase III clinical trial, and Empatictm, which is in a Phase IIb clinical trial. In addition, we plan to continue to screen drugs for synergistic CNS activity and, based on the results, we may advance other potential combination product candidates into clinical trials.
The Obesity Epidemic
Obesity is a serious condition that is growing in prevalence and afflicts populations worldwide. In 1980, approximately 15% of the adult population in the United States was obese, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. By 2002, the obesity rate had doubled to approximately 30% of the U.S. adult population, according to a later installment of the same survey. In addition, the survey estimated that another 34% of the U.S. adult population was overweight in 2002. We expect that given current trends, many members of this group will become obese in coming years.
In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified obesity as the number one health threat in the United States. Approximately 300,000 deaths per year in the United States are associated with obesity according to the Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS. Obesity is also a significant health problem outside of the United States. According to the World Health Organization, there are as many as 1.6 billion people worldwide considered to be overweight, of which at least 400 million are estimated to be obese. Research has established a new disease category called metabolic syndrome, which comprises the various co-morbidities, or related conditions, that often accompany obesity, such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. We believe there is a growing recognition within the medical community that obesity is a leading risk factor for these conditions. In addition, obesity and its co-morbidities are believed to cause significant added cost to the health care system. In 2000, HHS estimated the overall economic costs of obesity in the United States to be $117 billion. Despite the growing obesity rate, increasing public interest in the obesity epidemic and significant medical repercussions and economic costs associated with obesity, there continues to be a significant unmet need for more effective pharmacological interventions.
Our Product Candidates
We have selected our product candidates based on our research regarding CNS regulation of appetite and energy expenditure, as well as the reward-based mechanisms in the brain that reinforce unhealthy eating behaviors. The components of each of our product candidates exhibited strong synergy within our screening model, which enabled us to prioritize these product candidates over others considered. In particular, we have focused our clinical development programs on drug combinations that we expect will generate weight loss and