History

Behind the Novo Nordisk we know today lies an exciting story that goes back more than 90 years. Read more about hour history

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Thorvald Pedersen (1887-1961)

Thorvald Pedersen (1887-1961)

A qualified pharmacist, founded Novo Terapeutisk Laboratorium together with his brother Harald Pedersen in 1925.

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August and Marie Krogh (1874-1949)

August (1874-1949) and Marie Krogh (1874-1943)

August Krogh a professor at the University of Copenhagen, received the Nobel Prize in physiology in 1920. His wife, Marie Krogh, was a doctor and a researcher in metabolic diseases.

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Harald Pedersen (1878-1966)

Harald Pedersen (1878-1966)

Harald Pedersen, an unusually talented inventor, founded Novo Terapeutisk Laboratorium together with his brother Thorvald Pedersen.

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Novo Nordisk, history, production of insulin

Production of insulin

Some of the first machines for production of insulin at Novo.

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Novo Nordisk, history, Insulin Novo

Insulin Novo

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Novo Nordisk history, the Novo syringe and NovoPen®

The Novo syringe together with NovoPen®

In 1925 Harald Pedersen designed a special syringe – the Novo syringe – with which the patients could inject themselves with insulin. In 1985 Novo Industri introduced the first NovoPen® (bottom).

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Novo Nordisk history, the Novo syringe

The Novo Syringe

The Novo Syringe launched in 1925 and invented by Harald Pedersen, founder of Novo Terapeutisk Laboratorium.

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Novo Nordisk history, site Bagsværd 1959

Site Bagsværd

The original master plan for site Bagsværd. Designed by the architect Arne Jacobsen in 1959.

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Novo Nordisk history, the canteen at Fuglebakken, Copenhagen

The canteen at Fuglebakken, Copenhagen

The Ant chair was designed for Novo by architect Arne Jacobsen in 1952.

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Novo Nordisk history, airfreight

SAS Airlines

Globalisation in the 1960's. Novo used SAS Airlines for airfreight in 1966, Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup.

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Novo Nordisk history, Novopen 1985

The NovoPen®

The NovoPen® was launched in 1985 and it was designed like a fountain pen.

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Novo Nordisk history, 1928

Truck offloading

A truck is offloading bovine pancreases in front of Nordisk Insulin Laboratorium 1928 in Gentofte, Denmark.

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Novo Nordisk history, Hans Christian Hagedorn 1940

Hans Christian Hagedorn (1888–1971)

Founder of Nordisk Insulin Laboratorium Hans Christian Hagedorn around 1940 at Niels Steensens Hospital, Gentofte, Denmark.

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Novo Nordisk history, 1958

Novo laboratory

Novo laboratory in Copenhagen, 1958. Analysis of Heparin, used for treatment of blood clots.

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Novo Nordisk history, production site 1970

Production site

Production site in Copenhagen 1970.

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Novo Nordisk history, Steno 1953

Niels Steensens Hospital

Niels Steensens Hospital in 1953 (Steno Diabetes Center), Gentofte, Denmark, The hospital was designed by architect and professor Ivar Bentsen in 1932.

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Novo Nordisk history, frozen pancreas 1958

Frozen pancreas

1958: Frozen pancreas are disintegrated in a cutting machine designed by Harald Pedersen, Founder of Novo Terapeutisk Laboratorium.

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Novo Nordisk history, merger 1989, Henry Breum and Mads Øvlisen

Henry Brennum and Mads Øvlisen

The two CEOs of the newly merged companies, Nordisk Gentofte A/S and Novo Industry A/S, Henry Brennum og Mads Øvlisen 1989

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Contact

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Anne Margrethe Hauge
Media Relations Manager
+45 4442 3450
amhg@novonordisk.com