Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford (NNRCO) was launched in 2017 as a strategic alliance between Oxford University, a global leader in metabolism research, and Novo Nordisk, the leading diabetes therapeutics company.
about novo nordisk
Novo Nordisk is the world’s leading diabetes therapeutics company, with 95 years’ experience of innovation in diabetes care. The company has a longstanding relationship with the University of Oxford, itself a global leader in metabolism research, and in 2017 the Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford (NNRCO) was launched as a strategic alliance between the two organisations.
ABOUT THE ALLIANCE AND NOVO NORDISK RESEARCH CENTRE OXFORD
The alliance between Novo Nordisk and Oxford aims to establish landmark collaborations for the advancement of the type 2 diabetes research, and to work towards innovative medicines that that make a difference in the lives of patients with diabetes. The scientific mission of NNRCO is to conduct world-class discovery research to identify new therapeutic targets in type 2 diabetes and its co-morbidities.
The NNRCO is an innovative academic-industry hybrid institute, with a focus on discovery research in the pre-competitive space. Collaborative co-creation projects are co-funded via the Strategic Alliance Committee, and NNRCO also participates in the training of the next generation of type 2 diabetes research scientists by co-sponsoring students. Find out more about funding from Novo Nordisk.
Artist Impression of new laboratories
Uniquely, the alliance has seen Novo Nordisk establish a presence onsite at the University of Oxford, with NNRCO employing up to 100 researchers between 2017 and 2021 who will be visitors to the University in various capacities. These NNRCO researchers will work in new state-of-the-art laboratories in the BioEscalator Building on the Old Road Campus starting mid-2018. Until then, NNRCO has temporary space nearby in the Centre for Cellular & Molecular Physiology building.
NNRCO itself is led by interim head Professor Allan Ertmann Karlsen and is composed of four departments - Explore NNRCO Departments.
support for the alliance
The alliance is governed by a Joint Steering Committee, made up of parties from both Oxford University and Novo Nordisk. This joint governance structure allows for an alignment of research interests and offers an opportunity to work truly collaboratively. A collaboration committee has also been appointed that can act more swiftly to smaller collaborative opportunities.
The alliance benefits from a dedicated alliance manager, Dr Siobhan Dennis, who acts as a point of contact for both organisations and provides support for calls and projects. Please note that Dr Dennis is only able to advise University of Oxford staff on collaboration and roles with Novo Nordisk, and is not able to comment on speculative applications.
Novo Nordisk Oxford Strategic Alliance (NNOSA) committee members & support: Front left to right - Prof Sir John Bell, Prof Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, Prof Hugh Watkins, Prof Jim Johnson and Prof Peter Kurtzhals. Back left to right - Dr Serena Briant, Dr Ruth McCaffrey, Mr Chris Price, Dr Dorthe Lundsgaard, Prof Mark McCarthy, Dr Søren Bregenholt and Dr Siobhan Dennis.
- For further information on the Novo Nordisk Fellowship scheme please click here.
- For further information on collaborative opportunities please click here.
- If you would like to contact Novo Nordisk or have any questions please contact Business Development Manager Dr Siobhan Dennis. Please note that Dr Dennis is only able to advise University of Oxford staff on collaboration and roles with Novo Nordisk, and is not able to comment on speculative applications.
Page updated 30/07/2018