Join Novo Nordisk's Innovation in Action
What is Novo Nordisk Innovation in Action?
Innovation in Action is a workshop relevant for master students from all academic backgrounds, specialisations, nationalities and universities. The Innovation in Action workshop is a unique opportunity to show us your talent, develop your analytical skills and network with other talented master’s students. In addition, you will meet and collaborate with employees from Novo Nordisk on a real business topic, chosen by our top management.
The purpose of the Innovation in Action workshop is to challenge students to create the basis for new and sustainable business ideas that Novo Nordisk can use to position itself for future growth, leadership and the ability to combat diabetes globally.
The workshop takes place in both Aarhus and Copenhagen.
What will happen at the workshop?
The workshop is a 6-hour intensive development process where students will be placed in groups of 5 - 6 people. The groups will be created across different educational backgrounds and challenged to work with and ultimately present their best solution to a real and relevant business case.
This year's case
Where regulations and communication meet: Recruiting patients for the placebo-required clinical trial phase of new innovative growth hormone
In addition to being world leader in diabetes care, Novo Nordisk has been active in the treatment of growth hormone deficiency for almost four decades. In fact, Novo Nordisk is the leading provider of human growth hormone with a global market share of 30%, measured by value with an annual turn-over of more than 6 billion DKK in 2013. On a global scale 2 million people are estimated to be eligible for growth hormone therapy.
The Novo Nordisk strategy in growth hormone therapy aims at expanding our leading position by providing innovative and convenient products and devices for both adults and kids suffering from growth hormone deficiency (GHD). Over the past 30 years, the company has developed many ground-breaking products in the area, including innovative liquid growth hormone formulations and user-friendly pen-injectors. Developing a long-acting, once-weekly growth hormone is the natural next step. This once-weekly drug may prove a strong alternative to the current once-daily product and may greatly help improve the quality of life for thousands of GHD patients.
Having now reached clinical phase 3 of the product development, i.e. demonstrating the effect and safety of the drug on adult patients, the project team is facing clinical, regulatory as well as communicative challenges. First of all, it is difficult to find the right patients for the trial. They must be diagnosed with GHD but must not have begun treatment i.e. they must be "treatment-naïve". In Europe there are probably only around 5000 adult patients diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency every year. In addition, the European authorities require the inclusion of a placebo group as a prerequisite for the approval of new growth hormone drugs for adults.
According to Project Vice President, Lars Nordholm the overall challenge is to attract treatment-naïve patients and convince them and investigators to participate in a placebo controlled trial with a once-weekly compound when they have a once-daily alternative.
During the Innovation in Action workshop, students are encouraged to provide an innovative solution to the recruitment and motivation of trial patients for the European trial phase. This will be crucial to succeed with the development of the long-acting hormone formulation and fulfilment of its potential to help patients reduce their medication burdens in the future.
Prior to the workshop the students will receive information on drug development phases, recruitment of patients for clinical trials and the governmental regulations including placebo requirements.
To apply for participation in Novo Nordisk Innovation in Action you must be a master student and have a valid student ID.
We welcome master students from all academic backgrounds, specialisations, nationalities and universities to apply for a place at Novo Nordisk Innovation in Action.
To be selected you must demonstrate that you have a creative and innovative mind-set. This should be done when answering selected questions in relation to this year's topic when you apply. Places are limited at each workshop and you can only apply to attend one of the workshops.
When applying you agree that, if you should be offered a place, you will attend for the full duration of the workshop.
Aarhus: Wednesday, 26 of November 2014, from 13:00-19:00, at Aarhus University
Copenhagen: Thursday, 27 of November 2014, from 13:00-19:00, at Copenhagen Business School
We will serve snacks and drinks during the workshop. From 19:00 there will be tapas and drinks and a chance to talk with other students and Novo Nordisk representatives.
Applications will open soon. Stay tuned on our Facebook page
The deadline for applications is Monday, 10 of November 2014.
If you have questions or comments, please contact:
Caroline E. Bloch Poulsen-Hansen
+45 3075 9124
Katrine Bundgaard Holst
+45 3075 7835
- Expand your network
- Develop your ideas
- Show your talent
- Work on a real-life business case
- Boost your CV
- Help us create a sustainable future
The Novo Nordisk Innovation in Action workshop is your chance to work on a highly relevant topic with qualified students from different educational backgrounds. Further, you will meet Novo Nordisk employees from diverse areas within the company and gain an understanding of the complexity of developing business solutions in the pharma industry. You will get an impression of working at Novo Nordisk, while we get the opportunity to gain fresh ideas from a broad range of talented master students.
Joining the workshop is a good opportunity for you to get to know Novo Nordisk, and for us to get to know you. Previous years, the workshop has functioned as an introduction for some of our current Graduates in Novo Nordisk.
You can help us shape the company's future by developing innovative, sustainable business solutions that will ensure Novo Nordisk a position to defeat the global diabetes epidemic now and in the future. The winning solution will work as a great source of influence to the concrete business project.
Curious to learn more about what it is like participating in Novo Nordisk Innovation in Action?
See pictures and videos from previous Novo Nordisk Innovation in Action events in both Aarhus and Copenhagen
Video from 2013, theme: Changing Diabetes in Colombia
Video from 2012, theme: Change diabetes in Indonesia through sustainable partnerships
Video from 2012, theme: Reputation Management and Social Media
Video from 2011, theme: The Future of Work
Video from 2010 , theme: Changing diabetes at the base of the pyramid in India