Top company by employee – 48 – Novo Nordisk – New Jersey US
Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals – Pharmaceuticals
Ownership: Publicly quoted/held
State: New Jersey
Previous rank: 43
2011 revenue ($ millions): $12,378
What makes it so great?
The Danish-owned pharmaceutical company holds events like a black-tie holiday gala, a summer picnic, and a take-your child-to-work day.
For nearly a century, Novo Nordisk has combined drug discovery with technology to turn science into treatments for the patients we serve.
The story begins with Nobel-prize winning physiologist Dr. August Krogh and his belief that anyone who suffered from diabetes, including his wife Marie, should have access to insulin.
Inspired by his wife, Dr. Krogh founded Nordisk Insulinlaboratorium in 1923 and marketed the first insulin for patients. Marie was the first beneficiary – and our first patient.
Two years later, another company – Novo Terapeutisk Laboratorium – was born and began producing “Insulin Novo” and a unique syringe.
Over the decades, these 2 companies grew to be global leaders in insulin production and other areas. In 1989, Novo and Nordisk joined forces to become Novo Nordisk.
Our founders could not have foreseen the global pandemic we face today. But our mission remains the same: to provide care and treatment for people with diabetes around the world and to put patient needs at the center of everything we do.