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The tale of the Dan­ish phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try be­gins in the Dan­ish soil. Un­til just a few decades ago, Den­mark was first and fore­most an agri­cul­tural coun­try; the pro­cess­ing of agri­cul­tural goods (milk to cheese, grain to beer) led to ground-break­ing re­search in pro­teins, amino acids and en­zymes.

Novo Nordisk, Scan­di­navia’s largest com­pany in terms of mar­ket value, tow­ers above other Dan­ish com­pa­nies in the sec­tor with its strong po­si­tion in in­sulin prepa­ra­tions for di­a­betes. Novo Nordisk com­mands a 27% share of the global di­a­betes mar­ket – a mar­ket grow­ing at about twice the speed of the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try in gen­eral.

Lund­beck, an­other larger phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany from Den­mark, has lead­ing prod­ucts for the treat­ment of psy­chi­atric and neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders, in­clud­ing anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion, Alzheimer’s dis­ease and other types of de­men­tia and LEO Pharma spe­cialises in treat­ments for pso­ri­a­sis, eczema and other skin dis­or­ders.

Founded on solid re­search, in­no­va­tion and a well es­tab­lished Health­care sec­tor, Den­mark now boasts the world’s sec­ond largest phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try, as mea­sured on a per capita ba­sis and with the more life style dis­eases, the medicines needed could very well be com­ing from Den­mark as the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try is pre­pared to com­bat to­mor­rows dis­eases with ”The Medicines Of To­mor­row”.

Novo Nordisk open­ing of the world Di­a­betes day 2014 i Kuala Lumpur

Dan­ish foot­prints in the fight against life style

dis­eases can be found around the world. In 2014 the Novo Nordisk owned Steno Di­a­betes Cen­tre opened its first over­seas of­fice in Kuala Lumpur to train health care pro­fes­sion­als in

di­a­betes care.

Photo: Colour­

The risk of life­style dis­eases and men­tal im­bal­ance as­so­ci­ated with low phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and in­creased stress around the world are a close match with the es­tab­lished spe­cial­ties of large Dan­ish Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies.

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