Board of Directors

Trial Nation is led by a board composed of five industry members, one member from each of the five Danish regions and one member from: the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the umbrella organisation Danish Patients and the Organisation of Danish Medical Societies (LVS).

Carsten Eskebjerg
Ministry of Health
Marie Kirkebæk

Ministry of Industry, Business, and Financial Affairs
Annelis Feddersen
Head of Clinical Development Centre, DK
Novo Nordisk
Healthcare Partnership Director
Helle Hartnack
Operational Manager, Research & Operations Scandinavia
Karen Wibling Solgård
General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
NMD Pharma
Patients and Medical Societies
Organization of Danish Medical Societies
Professor i Intensiv Medicin, Rigshospitalet
Danish Patients
Michael Bräuner Schmidt
Medical Director, Central Denmark Region
Head of Research, AAUH
The North Denmark Region
Head of Research and Innovation
Region Zealand
Medical Director, OUH
The Region of Southern Denmark
Jannick Brennum
Head of Centre, Neuroscience Centre, Rigshospitalet Capital Region of Denmark


Trial Nation is a member-based association. The Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, The Ministry of Health, and the five Danish Regions are members representing the Danish healthcare system and the Danish State. The umbrella organisation for patient organisations in Denmark, Danish Patients and the Organization of Danish Medical Societies are members representing their respective spheres. Private life science companies with an interest in and competencies within clinical research can apply for membership according to the Trial Nation statutes. The statutes describing requirements is available in Danish, here.

Please see an overview of our members here:


Trial Nation contributes substantially to Denmark’s position as the leading public-private ecosystem for clinical trials in Europe – to the benefit of patients, research and the economy.

  • We create the foundation for expansion, and we maintain a position for Denmark among the top three countries in Europe, measured as number of clinical trials per million inhabitants.
  • We strengthen frameworks and conditions to attract significantly more clinical trials at the highest international level.
  • We lead in state-of-the-art methods and technologies in set-up and execution of clinical trials.


We pave the way to a future where:

Patients enjoy stronger sustainable health driven by fast access to cutting-edge medicine and medical technology.

Healthcare professionals save more lives and promote stronger health by always having state-of-the-art medical research and the latest discoveries right at their hand.

Clinical research create a better health and wealth for Denmark.


Trial Nation is the result of strong and continuous governmental support of the Danish life science sector. The organisation is supported by the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs and the five Danish Regions.

In 2014 the precursor to Trial Nation, NEXT Partnership, was established with political and industrial endorsement. The Innovation Fund Denmark contributed with a large investment.

In late 2018 Trial Nation was founded as a merge between NEXT Partnership (Funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark and members in the partnership) and Clinical Trials Office Denmark (Funded by the five Danish Regions).

In 2019 Trial Nation became the first Danish Associated Partner to an IMI project. The project is the flagship project Health Outcomes Observatories (H2O).

In 2021 Trial Nation was tasked with overseeing the establishment of the first real-time updated overview of recruiting clinical trials, allowing patients and healthcare professionals to find clinical trials that may be suitable for them. Launch is expected 2023.

In 2022 Danish Patients and Organisation of Danish Medical Societies changed their status from observatory members to full members on the board of Trial Nation.