Novo Nordisk

Kurt Jacobsen, Peter Sean Woltemade (Translator)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review


Today Novo Nordisk is Denmark’s largest industrial enterprise and one of the most highly valued companies in the world. The company is a global leader in pharmaceuticals for the treatment of diabetes, hemophilia disorders, and obesity, and it has positioned itself at the forefront with re-gard to social responsibility, environmental protection, and sustainability.

For the first time, this book tells the whole story of a basement business that was built into a global pharmaceutical company. It all began in 1922, when insulin came to Denmark and inspired the es-tablishment of two companies, Nordisk Insulinlaboratorium and Novo Terapeutisk Laboratorium. After many years of fierce rivalry, the two companies merged in 1989 in order to be able to survive in global competition. Soon after, years of merger negotiations brought Novo Nordisk to the brink of moving out of Denmark.

The story of Novo Nordisk is a story of groundbreaking research and big bets but also of setbacks and crises. A story of strong leaders and personalities but also of family struggles and company infighting. The book is based on full and unhindered access to the company’s archives.
Translated title of the contributionNovo Nordisk
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
Number of pages480
ISBN (Print)9788712073901
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Cite this