20 years into a career leading diabetes research at Novo Nordisk, Dr. Jacob Sten Peterson’s passion for helping people with the disease suddenly became personal.

His 3-year-old daughter, Vita, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

“In an instant Vita’s life became significantly more challenging,” Dr. Peterson said. “Now when I go to work, I strive for a better future for my daughter and people just like her.” 

Watch as Dr. Petersen talks more about the personal motivation behind his research and the innovative ways he and his team are working towards finding a cure: