About us

We are a biotechnology company focused on the discovery, design, and development of innovative peptide-based medicines for people who need them.

Our purpose

To change lives with next-generation peptide therapeutics.

Our ambition

To be the world's best peptide drug discovery and development company.

Zealand Pharma 1162 Zealand Pharma 0603 Crosby CHI NJ USA JW 0519 B3A5678

Our focus is innovative peptide R&D

Since our founding in 1998, Zealand Pharma has built a core expertise in the discovery, design, and development of therapeutic peptides. This expertise has led to an R&D pipeline of innovative investigational candidates designed to address a broad range of disease areas. 

We have four therapeutic focus areas: obesity, rare diseases, chronic inflammation, and type 1 diabetes. 

In obesity, our peptide capabilities place us in a unique position to address a vast global health challenge and positively impact hundreds of millions of lives. Within rare diseases, we have a long-standing commitment to deliver new treatments to patients living with congenital hyperinsulinism and short bowel syndrome. For chronic inflammatory diseases, we are progressing peptide programs focused on high-profile targets shown to be difficult to address with small molecules and antibodies. For type 1 diabetes, we aspire to change the management of this disease.

Our strategy is to pursue global co-development and commercialization partnerships that complement and extend our capabilities across the value chain to deliver new peptide therapies to people who need them.


    years in peptide research and development


    employees in Denmark and the United States


    employees working in R&D and related functions


    innovative pipeline candidates targeting four disease areas

Our Zealand DNA

Throughout our 25-year history, we have built a unique company culture where employees are given autonomy to shape their work with a strong focus on a deeper purpose. We live this every day by leveraging our DNA.

We are BOLD. We EMPOWER people. We work as ONE team. We can be TRUSTED.

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    Peptide expertise

    We have 25 years of expertise in discovery, design and development of peptide-based medicines.

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    We engage with partners so that we can focus on our core competencies.

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    Our impact

    We have a responsibility to society, our employees, and the environment.