SOURCE: Novo Nordisk A/S

August 11, 2008 09:29 ET

Transaction in Own Shares

BAGSVAERD, DENMARK--(Marketwire - August 11, 2008) - Novo Nordisk A/S - Share repurchase programme

On 31 January 2008 Novo Nordisk initiated its share repurchase programme in accordance with the provisions of the European Commission's regulation no 2273/2003 of 22 December 2003, also referred to as the Safe Harbour rules.

Under the programme Novo Nordisk has repurchased B shares for an amount of DKK 2 billion in the period from 31 January 2008 to 6 August 2008. The programme thereby ended on 6 August 2008.

Since the announcement as of 4 August 2008, the following transactions have been made under the programme:

Number of Average Transaction shares purchase price value, DKK Accumulated, last 6,095,407 1,932,455,699 announcement 4 August 2008 70,000 310.7800 21,754,600 5 August 2008 65,700 310.2920 20,386,184 6 August 2008 80,800 313.9800 25,369,584 Accumulated, 2008 6,311,907 1,999,966,068

With the transactions stated above, Novo Nordisk owns a total of 18,015,430 treasury shares, corresponding to 2.8% of the share capital. The total amount of shares in the company is 634,000,000 including treasury shares. Novo Nordisk is a healthcare company and a world leader in diabetes care. In addition, Novo Nordisk has a leading position within areas such as haemostasis management, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. Novo Nordisk manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products and services that make a significant difference to patients, the medical profession and society. With headquarters in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs approximately 26,300 employees in 80 countries, and markets its products in 179 countries. Novo Nordisk's B shares are listed on the stock exchanges in Copenhagen and London. Its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol 'NVO'. For more information, visit

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Media: Investors:

Elin K Hansen Mads Veggerby Lausten Tel: (+45) 4442 3450 Tel: (+45) 4443 7919

Hans Rommer Tel: (+45) 4442 4765

In North America: Sean Clements Tel: (+1) 609 514 8316

Company Announcement no 50 / 2008

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