In the spring of 1928 Kai Leopold Hansen conceived a revolutionary new and strong type of adhesive. With a little help from his friends, Kai set up small-scale production and the following year - 1929 - the Dansk Limfabrik was founded at Nørregade 56 in Køge. Kai 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.
Kai Hansen died on 30 October 1952, leaving all his worldly goods - including the business - to his childhood sweetheart Anne Margrethe Hincheli. She later decided to set up the Kai 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 Kai 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 Kai Hansens Fond also makes donations to charity every year.
The Dana Lim prize
The fight against corona requires research from the top shelf, and this year's Dana Lim Prize of 500,000 was therefore awarded a corona research project six months ahead of time under the leadership of chief physician Prof. Thomas Benfield from Amager Hvidovre Hospital. The project includes trials with two different drugs to alleviate the course of the disease and prevent hospitalization in COVID-19-infected people at risk of developing serious disease courses.
The award went to not just one, but two different research projects. The first prize, which came with an amount of DKK 450,000, went to research into the prevention of blood clots and heart fibrillation after heart surgery by chief physician Helena Domínguez and her research project, LAACS-2.
The second prize with DKK 200,000 went to a PhD study focusing on how to more easily and quickly assess patients with stable chest pain led by Louise Hougesen Bjerking.
Doctor and associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, David Woldbye received DKK 460,000 for research in ADHD medicine. On the basis of the research, it must in the long run provide better methods for tailoring the treatment of the individual patient.
2017: Cardiologist Anders Dahl received DKK 380,000 for research into a fatal heart disease, more specifically bacterial infection in the heart valves, which especially affects patients who are already ill and debilitated, and this results in high mortality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
: 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.
Dennis Wowern Nielsen, who received DKK 400,000 for research into the conversion of pig manure into such substances as adhesives.
Professor Jørgen Ahrent Jensen, who received DKK 400,000 for research within medical technology.
Lecturer Paul Robert Hansen PhD, who received DKK 120,000 for new equipment for peptide research within antibiotics.
Lecturer Georgios Kontogeorgis PhD, who received DKK 250,000 for research in thermodynamics and polymer compounds.
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.