Lundbeck awards Denmark’s most talented young researchers

200 students from upper secondary schools all over Denmark met in the final of Lundbeck’s Drughunter natural sciences competition in April. Minister for Higher Education and Research, Søren Pind, will attend the final, which will be won by the students with the best proposals for research in the treatment of brain diseases.

H. Lundbeck A/S (Lundbeck) hosted 200 students from upper secondary schools all over the country in our headquarters in Valby, where the students presented their ideas for the development of new and better treatments for diseases like depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

The presentations took place in the final of the Drughunter Competition, Lundbeck’s national natural sciences competition for upper secondary school students. In total, 1,100 students from 55 classes in 36 schools have over the last four months participated in the competition as part of their studies of chemistry, biology and biotechnology.

As part of the Festival of Research, nine students were awarded winners of this year’s competition and could thereby claim the unofficial title as Denmark’s most talented young researchers. 

“Our researchers are often inspired by the creativity and curiosity of the students when working with the biological, chemical and biotechnological problems. The competition is a great way of getting the students interested in natural sciences and the role as a scientist. We hope to inspire many to pursue a career within science as this is a prerequisite for Denmark to maintain and grow our strong life science industry,” said Anders Gersel Pedersen, Executive Vice President, Research & Development at Lundbeck.

Minister for Higher Education and Research, Søren Pind, attended the final and among other things got a presentation of the scientific posters prepared by the students. These are based on the knowledge about the brain and its diseases acquired by the students over the course of the competition. A jury consisting of Lundbeck researchers will evaluate the many posters and select the winners of this year's Drughunter Competition.

“Research help improve our lives and bring Denmark forward. Therefore it bodes well for the future to have so many students conducting research into the treatment of complex brain diseases. Denmark needs talents who have the desire to ask questions and find answers,” said Søren Pind.

Facts about the Drughunter Competition

  • A natural sciences competition for upper secondary school students. It combines classroom learning within biology, chemistry and biotechnology (at the Danish A and B levels) with practical insight into research and development of pharmaceuticals.
  • The competition takes its starting point in drug development as it is practised today. Students have the opportunity to choose between projects that have a chemical, biological or biotechnical approach.
  • Students were handed their assignments in December 2016. During the competition, students have the opportunity to meet Lundbeck researchers through lectures at participating secondary schools; they gain insight into the working methods of a researcher and how academic subjects can be applied to solve real issues related to the development of new drugs.
  • Students present their scientific posters at the finale held on the day of the Danish Festival of Research. At the end of the day, the winners are announced.
  • The Drughunter Competition celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year. Over the years more than 400 classes from 80 different schools have participated.


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