Formulation or Analytical
Scientists & Technicians

At Novo Nordisk, we are working with the first ever oral protein formulation treatment for type 2 diabetes. Our objective within R&D, particularly within the Oral Protein Formulation Department, is to continue developing the next generation of oral protein treatments for type 2 diabetes as well as other chronic diseases. Formulation and analytical scientists and technicians play a fundamental role in this journey.  


A look inside the Oral Formulation Department

OPF is part of Novo Nordisk’s R&D family. We develop oral products and their manufacturing processes in our pilot plants, as well as analytical methods. Our ambition is to continue to develop break-through tablet products for chronic diseases, based on orally available versions of pharmaceutical peptides and other molecules

Formulation Scientists & Technicians

Formulation scientist and technician

How we work 

Formulation employees play a critical role in developing and manufacturing the next generation of innovative oral products for pre-clinical and clinical trials, thereby paving the way for the future manufacturing of these products. 

Formulation technicians are responsible for the practical work performed in the lab, including the use of equipment for producing and analysing oral tablets. They are experts in the handling of equipment, such as tablet presses, roller compactors, blending equipmentbbut also smaller equipment used to characterise tablets and granules. 

Formulation scientists are responsible for developing the final drug product and manufacturing process for solid dosage forms for clinical and pre-clinical trials. A formulation scientist leads the design and development of formulations and processes, scaling up for manufacturing of batches for clinical and pre-clinical trials, preparation of product development reports and support for all necessary quality documentation and documentation for regulatory submissions. 

Who we're looking for  

Formulation scientists typically have a background in biochemistry, pharmacy or other related areas. Experience within the formulation of protein and peptides and also oral protein formulation, tablet development or oral drug delivery are also characteristics of a formulation scientist. A minimum of 2 years of industrial experience or a PhD in a relevant field are often required.

Marie Darting is a formulation scientist working at our R&D site in Måløv, just outside Copenhagen. Find out more about her work as a formulation scientist, her perspective on development plans and the impact she feels her work can have on patients.

Analytical Scientists & Technicians

How we work

Our analytical research employees are responsible for development and validation of analytical methods for tablet process development and batch release. They are also responsible for solid state characterisation including particle characterisation and stability studies.

Analytical technicians are experts in the use of chromatographic equipment, such as HPLCs and UPLCs. An analytical technician conducts the analysis of experimental results and - together with the analytical scientists - determines which methods are best for each specific experiment. 

Analytical scientists are responsible for developing analytical methods, such as spectroscopy-based methods, chromatographic methods or dissolution methods amongst others. Analytical scientists work in close collaboration with the formulation employees and are responsible for choosing the right analytical methods and providing them with the right data and analysis to support decision making.

Who we're looking for 

An analytical scientist typically has a background in pharmacy, engineering or other related fields within analytical sciences. In addition, they need to have experience with chromatographic equipment, be detail-oriented, data-driven and a good team player. Our colleagues are experienced within pharmaceutical drug development process, and often this is combined with experience within peptide or oral tablet production.

Erik Skibsted, Principal Scientist within CMC development talks about his work as an analytical scientist and what it takes to be successful. Hear about his role in developing the first oral protein treatment for type 2 diabetes, and discover your opportunities for getting involved. 

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