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The Novo Nordisk Prize

Benefitting medical science

The Novo Nordisk Prize, which was first conferred in 1963, is awarded to recognize unique medical research or other research contributions that benefit medical science. The prize is awarded for a predominantly Danish contribution.

The Novo Nordisk Prize Committee awards the prize based on suggestions from past prize recipients or members of the Prize Committee.

The prize is awarded annually and is accompanied by DKK 3 million – of which DKK 500,000 is a personal award, with the remaining amount as an allowance for research purposes within the prize recipient’s field of expertise. The prize may not be awarded to members of the Board of the Novo Nordisk Foundation or members of committees or to members of boards, directors or employees of the Novo Group.

The prize, originally DKK 50,000, was first awarded on 16 February 1963. Since then, the amount awarded gradually increased until 2015, when it reached its current level.

The Foundation’s collaborating partners and the recipient’s guests attend the award ceremony in April or May, where the prize recipient introduces his or her research for 15–20 minutes. In addition, in celebration of the award, the recipient gives a lecture lasting about 1 hour at his or her workplace. Before the end of the year, the recipient and the Foundation arrange an international symposium within the scientific field of the prize recipient.

The prize was called the Novo Prize from 1963 until 1989, when it was renamed the Novo Nordisk Prize.

See video with 2019 Novo Nordisk Prize winner, Professor Hans Bisgaard.

Previous recipients

Year
Recipients
2019
HANS BISGAARD
Professor, dr.med.
2018
JØRGEN KJEMS
Professor
2017
POUL NISSEN
Professor, PhD
2016
CHRISTIAN TORP-PEDERSEN
Professor
2015
JENS BUKH
Professor
2014
SØREN MOLIN
Professor, PhD
2013
SØREN K. MOESTRUP
Professor, dr.med.
2012
ERIK A. RICHTER
Professor, dr.med.
2011
PETER LAWÆTZ ANDERSEN
dr. med.
2010
HENRIK CLAUSEN
Professor, dr.odont.
2009
SØREN NIELSEN
Adm.dir., professor, dr.med.
2008
KRISTIAN HELIN
Professor, direktør
2007
MARJA JÄÄTTELÄ
Professor, dr.med
2006
HENNING BECK-NIELSEN
Professor, dr.med.
2005
MADS MELBYE
Professor, dr.med.
2004
MATTHIAS MANN (DELT)
Professor
2004
PETER ROEPSTORFF (DELT
Professor
2003
JIRI BARTEK (DELT)
Professor, afd. leder
2003
JIRI LUKAS (DELT)
Seniorforsker
2002
JØRGEN GLIEMANN
Professor, dr.med.
2001
THUE W. SCHWARTZ
Professor, dr.med.
2000
PETER AABY
Forskningsprofessor, dr.med.
1999
BENGT SALTIN
Professor, med.dr.
1998
CHRISTIAN AALKJÆR (DELT)
Professor, dr.med.
1998
MICHAEL J. MULVANY (DELT)
Professor, dr.med.
1997
PETER E. NIELSEN
Forskningsprofessor, dr.scient.
1996
HENRIK KEHLET
Professor, overlæge, dr.med.
1995
NIELS BORREGAARD
Forskningsprofessor, dr.med.
1994
HANS JØRGEN G. GUNDERSEN
Professor, dr.med.
1993
NIELS E. SKAKKEBÆK
Professor, dr.med.
1992
JAN FAHRENKRUG (DELT)
Overlæge, dr.med.
1992
JENS JUUL HOLST (DELT)
Professor, dr.med.
1991
ARVID MAUNSBACH (DELT)
Professor, med.dr.
1991
PETER LETH JØRGENSEN (DELT)
Professor, dr.med.
1990
MORTEN SIMONSEN
Professor, dr.med.
1989
HANS G. SJÖSTRÖM (DELT)
Lektor, dr.med.
1989
OVE B. NORÉN (DELT)
Lektor, dr.med.
1988
GUNNAR BENDIXEN
Professor, dr.med.
1987
HANS H. USSING
Professor, dr.phil.
1986
HANS HENRIK HOLM
Professor, dr.med.
1985
HANS KLENOW
Professor, dr.phil.
1984
STAFFAN MAGNUSSON
Afdelingsleder, dr. med.
1983
CHRISTIAN CRONE
Professor, dr.med.
1982
JENS F. REHFELD
Professor, dr.med.
1981
ARNE SVEJGAARD (DELT)
Overlæge, dr.med.
1981
FLEMMING KISSMEYER-NIELSEN (DELT)
Professor, dr.med.
1980
BENT FRIIS-HANSEN
Professor, dr.med.
1979
GERHARD SALOMON
Overlæge, dr.med.
1978
MARGARETA MIKKELSEN (DELT)
Overlæge, dr.med.
1978
VILLY POSBORG PETERSEN (DELT)
Professor, dr.med.
1977
ERIK AMDRUP
Professor, dr.med.
1976
NIELS TYGSTRUP
Professor, dr.med.
1975
GEORG MANDAHL-BARTH
Direktør, dr.phil.
1974
MICHAEL SCHWARTZ
Professor, dr.med.
1973
K.A. MARCKER
Professor, mag.scient.
1972
J.CHR. SIIM
Overlæge, dr.med.
1971
MOGENS SCHOU
Professor, dr.med.
1970
POUL ASTRUP
Professor, dr.med.
1969
ERIK ZEUTHEN
Professor, dr.phil.
1968
NIELS A. LASSEN
Overlæge, dr.med.
1967
KNUD LUNDBÆK
Professor, dr.med.
1966
JØRN HESS THAYSEN
Professor, dr.med.
1965
J.C. SKOU
Professor, dr.med.
1964
CLAUS BRUN
Overlæge, dr.med.
1963
ERIK WARBURG
Professor, dr.med.
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The Novo Nordisk Foundation donates DKK 3 million annually to fund the Prize.
Link
Committee on the Novo Nordisk Prize
Additional information

Pernille Julø Risegaard
Senior Administrator, PA to the CEO
Novo Nordisk Foundation
pjri@novo.dk

Application Info

The Prize is not open to application and is awarded by the Novo Nordisk Prize Committee.

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