DKK 885 million – the biggest research donation in Danish history  

2010.03.24
The Novo Nordisk Foundation makes a massive donation to establish a new centre for metabolic research at Copenhagen University
The Novo Nordisk Foundation, a commercial foundation whose income stems from the business activities of the world-leading insulin manufacturer Novo Nordisk, has announced the donation of a massive sum to Copenhagen University for the purposes of studying lifestyle diseases, reports news agency Ritzau.
 
Over the next 10 years DKK 885m (USD 160.6m) – the largest research donation in Danish history – will be donated to the university's Faculty of Health Sciences to facilitate the establishment of The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research. The aim is to make the centre an international focal point for clinical research and technical innovation to address the mounting global problems caused by metabolic disease such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.
 
According to Ritzau, some of the cash pile will be used to headhunt leading researchers to put Copenhagen University in the top flight and thereby create favourable conditions for collaboration with leading universities around the world in areas like metabolic genetics, integrative physiology, and metabolic receptology and enteroendocrinology.
 

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