Strategic grants

Our strategic grants are given to build, develop or strengthen excellent dermatology research within specific areas.

The LEO Foundation will issue specific invitations for applications for these grants.

LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center

The LEO Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center – called SIC in everyday speech – was established in 2019 in the Maersk Tower at the University of Copenhagen.

SIC aims to become a world-leading center for research and education in skin and skin diseases and will contribute to a better understanding and treatment of skin diseases for the benefit of the individual patient.

The center brings together leading researchers in skin, skin diseases and immunology and collaborates closely with Danish and international research environments and hospitals.

SIC is based on a grant from the LEO Foundation of DKK 400m over 10 years. Professor Charlotte Menné Bonefeld is Executive Director (interim) of the center.

LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneous Drug Delivery

The LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneous Drug Delivery was established in 2017 at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen.

The aim of the center is to contribute to integrating knowledge about skin as a barrier for drug absorption, on the one hand, and the properties of drugs and excipients in specific drug delivery systems, on the other.

Research in the center is based on a predominantly physicochemical approach into novel drug delivery systems, analytical tools and biological models.

The LEO Foundation Center for Cutaneous Drug Delivery is based on a grant from the LEO Foundation of DKK 40m over 10 years. Professor Martin Malmsten is Research Director of the center.

Please contact the grant team for further information

Ida Brams

Chief Grant Officer

Ida is responsible for the LEO Foundation’s grants and awards and for the Foundation’s grant strategy.

Ida’s background includes both R&D, project management and strategy work at LEO Pharma. Before joining LEO Pharma, Ida worked at the Carlsberg Laboratory.

Ida holds an MSc in chemical engineering and a PhD in organic chemistry, both from the Technical University of Denmark.

Joined the Foundation in 2017.

+45 25 66 40 67

Lars Kruse

Scientific Officer

Lars is responsible for coordinating the Foundation’s grants and handles scientific and administrative matters relating to the Foundation’s donations. He also works on further developing the philanthropic area.

Lars has a scientific background having worked in academic research for 16 years on projects ranging from molecular mechanisms in migraine over COPD to sleep disorders and osteoporosis.

Lars holds an MSc in human biology and a PhD in neuroscience, both from University of Copenhagen.

Joined the Foundation in 2017.

+45 30 46 42 91