The year 2008 is likely to be remembered by many as the year when, like a flash of lightning, a severe economic crisis brought an end to the belief in uninterrupted growth. The globalisation we have witnessed in recent years, which has had many positive effects, suddenly showed another face: no nation, no company and no individual is unaffected by the economic downturn. Businesses, large and small, are in crisis. Some that were considered icons in their industries no longer exist.
Against such a backdrop it is with great humility, but also with pride and satisfaction, that we can report on a year that has been very positive for Novo Nordisk, demonstrating the results of our focused business approach.