The Novo Nordisk history is full of firsts, in both diabetes care and biopharmaceuticals. In diabetes care, our firsts include:
the first hospital dedicated exclusively to diabetes care
the first long-acting insulin (NPH)
the first insulin analog products
the first purified insulin
the first insulin pen delivery system
the first meglitinide oral antidiabetic agent
the first delivery system with a memory, and the first combined blood glucose monitoring and insulin dosing system
the first insulin pen enhanced with a colorful design for children and teenagers
and the first insulin analog approved for pump therapy.
We are also proud of being the first company to develop pituitary growth hormone (p-hGH), the first to develop biosynthetic human growth hormone (b-hGH) using recombinant DNA (rDNA) technology, and the first to sponsor a controlled study of daily subcutaneous growth hormone injections (versus intramuscular injections given three times a week).
Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global health care company with 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within hemophilia care, growth hormone therapy, and hormone therapy.
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