SOURCE: Novo Nordisk A/S

December 14, 2009 09:05 ET

Transaction in Own Shares

BAGSVAERD, DENMARK--(Marketwire - December 14, 2009) - Novo Nordisk A/S - Share repurchase programme

On 7 August 2009 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 will repurchase B shares for an amount up to DKK 2.4 billion in the period from 10 August 2009 to 18 December 2009.

Since the announcement as of 7 December 2009, the following transactions have been made under the programme:

                   Number of    Average      Transaction
                    shares   purchase price  value, DKK
Accumulated, last
announcement       6,605,599                2,125,153,688
 7 December 2009      81,500       336.1200    27,393,780
 8 December 2009      81,500       338.7600    27,608,940
 9 December 2009      81,500       340.5200    27,752,380
10 December 2009      81,500       340.5250    27,752,788
11 December 2009     100,000       337.4015    33,740,150
Accumulated under
the programme      7,031,599                2,269,401,725

Transactions related to Novo Nordisk's incentive programmes have resulted in a net sale by Novo Nordisk of 200 B shares in the period from 7 December 2009 to 11 December 2009. The shares in these transactions were not part of the Safe Harbour repurchase programme.

With the transactions stated above, Novo Nordisk owns a total of 31,747,777 treasury shares, corresponding to 5.1% of the share capital. The total amount of shares in the company is 620,000,000 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 more than 29,000 employees in 81 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

Further information:

Media:                 Investors:

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

                       Kasper Roseeuw Poulsen
                       Tel: (+45) 4442 4471

In North America:      In North America:
Sean Clements          Hans Rommer
Tel: (+1) 609 514 8316 Tel: (+1) 609 919 7937

Company Announcement no 73 / 2009

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