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Biotech boss after 30 years in Novo: "I always dreamed of creating something from scratch"

For three decades, Jesper Høiland worked his way towards the top in Danish Novo Nordisk. He is now CEO in a US-based biotech company - a job that brings new challenges and more insecurity but also a lot more excitement and redemption. "I've never had more fun," says the center of attention.

Foto: /Ritzau Scanpix/Niels Ahlmann Olesen/

Jesper Høiland, 58, began his life science career in 1987, when Novo Nordisk hired him as "the assistant's assistant's assistant".

30 years later, he had climbed almost all the way to the top of the career ladder in Denmark's absolutely biggest drug group and took position as group president responsible for the vital US market.

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