Novo Nordisk to create the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team

Novo Nordisk today announced a unique partnership to form Team Novo Nordisk, a global sports team with more than 100 cyclists, triathletes and runners who all have diabetes, spearheaded by the world’s first all-diabetes pro-cycling team.

Team Novo Nordisk will use life experiences and competitiveness to motivate people affected by diabetes. Throughout 2013, these athletes will compete in more than 500 sporting competitions around the world. The men’s pro-cycling team will compete in races such as the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, the Tour of Britain and the Paris-Tours, with the ultimate goal of joining the Tour de France.

“As part of our long-standing Changing Diabetes® programme, this partnership provides a tremendous opportunity to raise awareness, and educate, empower and inspire people with diabetes,” says Jakob Riis, senior vice president, Global Marketing and Global Medical Affairs, Novo Nordisk. “This is yet another way Novo Nordisk is striving to create more opportunities to live well with diabetes.”

Phil Southerland founded what was known as ‘Team Type 1’ in 2005 and included riders and athletes with and without diabetes until this year. The new Team Novo Nordisk will only comprise of athletes who have diabetes and will continue to grow the team mission “to instil hope and inspiration for people around the world affected by diabetes.”

“As Team Novo Nordisk we want to show the world what is possible with great diabetes control. Between us, Team Novo Nordisk has over 1,000 diagnosed years of diabetes with no complications and we stand for what life with diabetes can be like,” Southerland says. “Exercise is that billion dollar drug that nobody ever gets prescribed, and in my experience is the best of them all. With appropriate diet, exercise, treatment and technology, anyone with diabetes can achieve their dreams.”

About Diabetes

Today, 371 million people are living with diabetes.1 Changing Diabetes® is Novo Nordisk’s global commitment to improve conditions for the millions of people who live with diabetes around the world today, and those who are at risk of developing diabetes tomorrow. It is a global advocacy and partner platform which advocates for the prevention and early detection of diabetes, as well as improved treatment, care and health outcomes.

Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 89 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within haemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. For more information, visit novonordisk.com.

Reference

1.International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas, 5th Edition, 2012 Update. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation. Available from: www.idf.org/diabetesatlas. Last accessed: November 2012

Further information

Media:
Katrine Sperling
+45-4442-6718
krsp@novonordisk.com

Ken Inchausti (US)
+1-609-514-8316
kiau@novonordisk.com

Investors:

Kasper Roseeuw Poulsen
+45-4442-4303
krop@novonordisk.com

Frank Daniel Mersebach
+45-4442-0604
fdni@novonordisk.com

Lars Borup Jacobsen
+45-3075-3479
lbpj@novonordisk.com

Jannick Lindegaard (US)
+1-609-786-4575
jlis@novonordisk.com

Team Novo Nordisk - the world's first all-diabetes professional cycling team
Team Novo Nordisk - the world's first all-diabetes professional cycling team
Phil Southerland, co-founder, Team Novo Nordisk  founder and CEO, Team Type 1
Phil Southerland, co-founder, Team Novo Nordisk founder and CEO, Team Type 1
Jakob Riis, senior vice president  Global Marketing and Global Medical Affairs  Novo Nordisk
Jakob Riis, senior vice president Global Marketing and Global Medical Affairs Novo Nordisk
Team Novo Nordisk - the world's first all-diabetes professional cycling team
Team Novo Nordisk - the world's first all-diabetes professional cycling team
Martijn Verschoor, Team Novo Nordisk
Martijn Verschoor, Team Novo Nordisk

Related Link

www.teamnovonordisk.com
www.novonordisk.com

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