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We want to create a world-class life science ecosystem in Denmark that can translate innovative research on products and solutions that will benefit human health and the green transition in society.

Our goals are to:

  • Support translational and applied science
  • Ensure that researchers have opportunities to access competencies and expertise from industry
  • Build excellent innovation infrastructures
  • Support the commercialisation of innovative solutions to benefit society

Projects and initiatives we have supported

Translational capacity and societal impact

Danish Pioneer Centre for Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence will contribute to solving big societal challenges

Helix Lab – education and research centre in Kalundborg

The Helix Lab Research and Education Center in Kalundborg aims to attract MSc students from universities in Denmark and abroad. The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded grants totalling DKK 65 million to the Helix Lab over a 5-year project period.

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Genomic Mechanisms of Disease

With a USD 47.5 million commitment over a five-year period, the Foundation has supported the establishment of a new centre for genomic research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Boston (US).

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine (reNEW)

The Foundation has awarded up to DKK 2.2 billion (300 million euro) over a 10-year for the centre, which is established as a partnership between three leading research institutions.

Nordic Innovation Fair – a speed dating event for Nordic scientists and international investors

The purpose of the fair is to showcase the best academic projects with commercial potential within life science, sustainability, AI, digitalization and robotics.

Open Discovery Innovation Network (ODIN)

A ground-breaking open research collaboration between Aarhus University and several international pharmaceutical companies.

Nordic Mentor Network of Entrepreneurship (NOME)

An elite mentoring programme for Nordic life science start-ups that provides access to high-profile mentors with global networks and aims to connect the Nordic ecosystem across the life science sector while attracting global capital and partnerships.

CBS-BIO – Master’s programme in bioentrepreneurship

A two-year MSc programme that combines courses in biotechnology with innovation and commercialization courses, in collaboration between three Danish universities and key actors from the life science industry.