Oral formulation researchers work in the Department of Oral Formulation Research in Global Research Technologies. Currently, most of our therapeutic peptides and proteins are injectable, but we aim to make more oral products available to our patients in the future.

Our oral formulation researchers play a key role in Novo Nordisk’s R&D strategy, as they are responsible for developing new oral peptide and protein formulations that will feed the R&D pipeline in all our therapeutic areas.

Oral Formulation Researchers are responsible for identifying new, innovative oral drug delivery systems for the oral drug project portfolio. Specifically, they formulate therapeutic peptides and proteins into orally available products, including solid dosage forms and oral devices. They are also responsible for solid-state characterisation and analysis of both drug product intermediates and the final drug product.

Our formulation researchers typically hold a M.Sc. or a Ph.D. in Life Sciences (pharmaceutical sciences, or other relevant disciplines), depending on the seniority level of the position. 

Experience and knowledge of oral (solid) dosage forms covering pharmaceutical formulation expertise, solid-state characterisation and analysis are required.

Our oral formulation researcher needs to be innovative, have a can-do attitude, as well as good communication skills, and a broad scientific background. A deep insight into the gastrointestinal tract is a strong asset, since it is the target organ of most of our oral formulations.

Philip is a specialist in oral formulation. He is motivated by learning new things daily, by analysing great data.

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Maria Kazakou is originally from Greece and joined Novo Nordisk R&D in Denmark after completing her second MSc. in the UK. 

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Jian Xiong Wu joined Novo Nordisk because he wanted to see his ideas come to life, he wanted to feel his work was making a difference to patients.

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