In the spring of 1928 Kaj Leopold Hansen conceived a revolutionary new and strong type of adhesive. With a little help from his friends, Kaj set up small-scale production and the following year - 1929 - the Dansk Limfabrik was founded at Nørregade 56 in Køge. Kaj was in no doubt as to what his new invention should be called, as it was a Danish product through and through.
‘Dana Lim’ was born, quickly followed by its familiar yellow tube that became one of the country's best-known brands. Since then, Dana Lim has become a household name in Denmark, the rest of Scandinavia and Europe as the leading manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and fillers that set new standards for functionality, quality and user-friendliness.
Kaj Hansen died on 30 October 1952, leaving all his worldly goods - including the business - to his childhood sweetheart. She later decided to set up the Kaj Hansen Foundation, to which Dansk Limfabrik was transferred and which remains the sole owner of the business that is now called Dana Lim A/S.
The Dana Lim Prize was established by the Kaj Hansen Foundation. The prize is aimed at scientific research that contributes to the advancement of Danish business or society. The annual award ceremony is considered a coveted recognition in the research community, and since its first awarding in 1955, the prize has gone to a large number of diverse research projects. In addition to the Dana Lim Award, the Kaj Hansens Fond also makes donations to charity every year.
2016: Bente Pakkenberg received 35.000 kroner for a research project on the neglected brain disease Multipel System Atrofi (MSA), which every year kills 250 to 300 Danes.
2014: The owner of Rosenkilde Gods handicap riding centre, Helle Nissen, who received DKK 300,000 to build a sensory riding paddock to the benefit of the physically and mentally handicapped.
2012: Professor Niels Borregaard, who received DKK 250,000. Borregard is registrar of the Haematology Clinic at Copenhagen University Hospital. He specialises in blood diseases, and conducts research in blood immune systems.
2011: Kristian Kolind, who received DKK 80,000. The award was to fund Kolind's studies in the USA. He researches stem cells - one of only a handful of scientists able to do so in the world.
2008: Martin Etchells Vigild. who received DKK 250,000 to finance equipment or instruments that can be used to try out new research ideas and let bright students try their hand at small-scale projects within nanoporous materials.
2006: Professor Jesper Mørk, who received DKK 400,000 for ongoing research within semiconductor technology and optical communication, used for faster data transport on the internet for example.
2005: Dennis Wowern Nielsen, who received DKK 400,000 for research into the conversion of pig manure into such substances as adhesives.
2004: Professor Jørgen Ahrent Jensen, who received DKK 400,000 for research within medical technology.
2003: Lecturer Paul Robert Hansen PhD, who received DKK 120,000 for new equipment for peptide research within antibiotics.
2002: Lecturer Georgios Kontogeorgis PhD, who received DKK 250,000 for research in thermodynamics and polymer compounds.
2001: Pieter Telleman PhD, who received DKK 250,000 for research into biochips for fast, cheap disease diagnosis.
In addition to the Dana Lim Award, the Kai Hansens Fond also makes donations to charity every year.