Genmab wins the DenmarkBridge Award 2017

Today, Genmab received the very first DenmarkBridge Award. The Award was presented by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik at the Annual Meeting of The Danish Growth Fund.

The DenmarkBridge Award pays tribute to companies, organisations or individuals who have the courage to think bigger, aim for the unreachable, and deliver on these promises  – a moonshot-mentality. That is exactly what characterizes Genmab, according to the DenmarkBridge Award Jury.

“Running a biotech-company is an innovation-intensive business. There are large returns when products have a significant effect and are approved for use. But before this, much R&D needs to be carried out. It takes persistence and ambition to make it happen, and being able to deliver on this is a trademark of Genmab,” says Christian Motzfeldt, chairman DenmarkBridge.

Genmab is honored to win the DenmarkBridge Award 2017.

”We are humbled and honored winning this award. At Genmab we have a bold vision that by 2025 our own cancer product will have transformed cancer treatment and we have a pipeline of knock-your-socks-off antibodies. Our international team has a moonshot mindset, and it is their talent and passionate determination that will ensure we can achieve our goals and continue to build an innovation powerhouse,” says Jan van de Winkel, CEO at Genmab.

The competition for the Award has been tough, and among the many nominees, five went on to the final. Besides Genmab, the finalists were Noma, Zendesk, Universal Robots and Unity Technologies.

The following criteria were applied when selecting the winner:

  • Ambition. The winner has demonstrated or leveraged a moonshot mindset with the capacity for changing the way we think and behave.
  • Innovation and technology. The winner has demonstrated or leveraged the use of innovation, entrepreneurship and new technology.
  • Commercial impact. The winner has demonstrated – or enabled – a substantial commercial impact.
  • Network effect. The winner has connected people and/or organizations between the US and Denmark.

DenmarkBridge is founded by Danske Bank, LEGO, A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Novo Nordisk, DI and the Danish Growth Fund. His Royal HighnessCrown Prince Frederik is patron of DenmarkBridge. The association aims at bridging the gap between Danish companies and Silicon Valley, one of the world’s primary hotspots for technological innovations, by creating a community consisting of high-level strategic networking and knowledge sharing among like-minded business partners.

The Jury consists of the members of the board of DenmarkBridge – see more in the fact box below.

Meet the five finalists here

Contact information:

Christian Majlund, Senior Consultant, The Danish Growth Fund / +45 81 77 30 76 /
Marie Lerche Ratzer, Communication Advisor, The Danish Growth Fund / +45 22 91 30 38 /


Facts about the jury and DenmarkBridge

DenmarkBridge was founded by private businesses in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs of Denmark, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and Ministry of Higher Education and Science of Denmark.

His Royal Highness The Crown Prince is patron of DenmarkBridge.

The founding members appoint the Board of Directors. The Board consists of:

  • Christian Motzfeldt, Director, The Danish Growth Fund, Chairman DenmarkBridge
  • Ole Andersen, Chairman, Danske Bank
  • Jacob Aqraou, Investor and former Sr. Vice President, eBay
  • Scott Bonham, Investor and former Co-Chair of C100
  • Thomas Bustrup, Director, Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Lars Dalgaard, Entrepreneur, founder and former CEO of SuccessFactors
  • Carl Erik Kjærsgaard, Founder and CEO, Blackwood Seven
  • Carl Bilbo, Vice President, Novo Nordisk

The Danish Growth Fund is the Secretariat of DenmarkBridge. DenmarkBridge complements the activities at the Innovation Centre Denmark in Silicon Valley. The network has a Director stationed in Silicon Valley.
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