Charlotte Sahl-Madsen, Danish Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, will today present scholarships totaling more than DKK 2.5 million to 44 of Denmark's most talented students in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological sciences.
Funded jointly by Novo Nordisk and Novozymes, the scholarships of up to DKK 84,000 each are intended to supplement the students’ standard grants while they are writing their master’s theses so that they do not need to work alongside their studies.

Two of the students to receive scholarships are Mads Tvillinggaard Bonde and Hans Jasper Genee, who are studying biotechnology at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and can now concentrate full-time on completing their theses.

Enzymes are currently used in the production of foods, medicines, and bioethanol. Finding the best possible enzymes for these processes from among the enormous range in nature is an extremely difficult task which these DTU students are now attempting to simplify.
”Besides cutting the cost of enzyme discovery, the new method could also make it possible to explore a much larger part of the natural world than current methods allow," explains Mads.

To ensure that the students of tomorrow are made aware of opportunities in the natural sciences, the recipients of the scholarships will visit schools across Denmark over the next year talking about their studies and research focus.

This is the 15th year that Novo Nordisk and Novozymes have awarded the scholarships, and altogether some DKK 27.5 million has been awarded to almost 500 promising young researchers in the natural sciences.
Download photos and read more about the Novo Scholarship Program on Novo Nordisk's website.