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What is the Foundation?

The Novo Nordisk Foundation is an independent Danish foundation with corporate interests.The objective of the Novo Nordisk Foundation is twofold: To provide a stable basis for the commercial and research activities conducted by the companies within the Novo Group and to support scientific and humanitarian purposes.

Vision and Mission


An interaction with society

With Denmark as its centre of gravity, the Foundation’s focus is to improve the lives of people through better health, education and the development of a knowledge-based sustainable society.

The vision of the Novo Nordisk Foundation is:

- to contribute significantly to research and development that improves the lives of people and the sustainability of society.



To fulfil its vision, the Foundation will pursue a three-pronged mission:


1) To enable Novo Nordisk A/S and Novozymes A/S to create world-class business results and contribute to growth

2) To develop knowledgebased environments in which innovative and talented people can carry out research of the highest quality and translate discoveries into new treatments and solutions

3) To inspire and enable children and young people to learn