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EFSD, JDRF and Novo Nordisk renew partnership for type 1 diabetes research in Europe

October 1, 2010

1.8 million euros to further boost European diabetes research.

The European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Novo Nordisk A/S announced today the renewal of their partnership to support type 1 diabetes research in Europe. The announcement was made at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) annual meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, September 22, 2010.

Established in 2004, this ongoing partnership for research into type 1 diabetes encourages new projects aimed at advancing current knowledge in this area. Together, the three partners are committing a further 1.8 million euros which will fund a wide range of European-based diabetes research over the next three years.

Prof. Ulf Smith, President of EASD and EFSD, stressed the importance of increasing funding for diabetes research in Europe:

“EFSD is proud to renew our cooperation with JDRF and Novo Nordisk. I hope this partnership will inspire both governments and industry to increase their contributions to research into diabetes.”

Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, executive vice president and chief science officer at Novo Nordisk said:

“More research is needed to understand the pathogenesis and improve therapy of people with type 1 diabetes. We hope that this partnership will generate new important knowledge and support scientists in working towards our common goal of defeating diabetes.”

The EFSD/JDRF/Novo Nordisk European Programme in Type 1 Diabetes Research will accept applications within any area of basic or clinical diabetes research focusing on type 1 diabetes and its complications.

According to Dr. Richard Insel, Chief Scientific Officer of JDRF, “JDRF is excited about renewing our partnership with EFSD and Novo Nordisk to support promising type 1 diabetes research in Europe. Our shared goal is to promote novel discoveries and their translation into therapeutics.”

Reprinted with permission from JDRF International

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