The Novo Nordisk logo
The Novo Nordisk logo identifies our company instantly and represents the sum of all our values in one symbol.
The Apis bull has been Novo's logo since the year after the foundation of Novo Terapeutisk Laboratorium in 1925. The choice of the logo follows a European chemist tradition of identifying pharmacies through an animal symbol.
The logo is a stylised reproduction of an Egyptian statuette dating from circa 664–323 BC. It is richly ornamented with symbols representing among other things, the eternal dualities of life, day and night, life and death.
The Apis bull was worshipped as the incarnation of Ptah, creator of the universe, city god of Memphis and the patron deity of craftsmen.