About us

Making a difference worldwide

The LEO Foundation is the active owner of the independent and research based healthcare company LEO Pharma. The LEO Foundation holds all the shares in LEO Pharma and is independent from heirs, outside shareholders, and other interests.

The LEO Foundation was established in 1984 by Dr.h.c. Knud E. Abildgaard, the owner of LEO Pharma. He did so with the specific intent of ensuring LEO Pharma its future as an independent, research-based healthcare company.

The Foundation’s secondary objective is to support research within medicine, pharmacy, and chemistry.

At the LEO Foundation, we believe that we with our grants are able to make a significant contribution to promoting dermatological research worldwide – research that may otherwise find it difficult to attract funds, especially in competition with other, more high-profile medical specialties.