Novo Nordisk


Novo Nordisk's history spans 90 years. The story begins in 1922 when a Danish couple, August and Marie Krogh, travelled to America. August Krogh was a professor at the University of Copenhagen who had received the Nobel Prize in physiology. His wife, Marie Krogh, was a doctor and researcher in metabolic diseases.  Marie also suffered from late-onset (type 2) diabetes.

Today, we are thousands of employees across the world with the passion, the skills and the commitment to continue this journey to prevent, treat and ultimately cure diabetes. While in America the Kroghs heard of two Canadian researchers, Frederick Banting and Charles Best, who were treating people with diabetes with an insulin extract from bovine pancreases. The Kroghs were very interested in this treatment because of Marie's diabetes, and they ultimately were granted permission to produce insulin in Denmark.

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