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1963 - Novo Nordisk Prize awarded for the first time

The Novo Nordisk Prize (originally the Novo Prize) is awarded for the first time. The Novo Foundation establishes the Prize, which is awarded by a specially appointed assessment committee. The Prize is awarded to recognize unique medical research or other research contributions that benefit medical science.

The first recipient of the Prize is Erik Warburg (photo right) based on the clinical knowledge he developed on the progression of coronary thrombosis (blockage of blood flow in the coronary arteries, commonly known as a heart attack). The Prize is originally DKK 50,000 but has gradually increased to today’s DKK 1.5 million.