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We're filming across the country's skies this week.

Carney has teamed up with Patrick Bowyer filming Cycle For Cities with Changing Diabetes

Many years ago the pair worked together at MTV and a couple of decades later have reunited behind, ahead of, alongside and above a peloton of cyclists raising awareness of diabetes on a week long cycle ride ending at the Olympic Velo Park in London for a Family Fun day.

We were delighted when Patrick reached out and invited us to get involved with the project.  The crew have already triumphantly trundled through the Peak District on their way to the West Coast and are now making their way down through the midlands as they head South.  As well as cycling hundreds of miles over the course of the week, the team will host 5 school assemblies, 6 paediatric ward rounds (including Alder Hey Children's Hospital), and 4 TAD on Tour evening meetings. 

Riders include Margaret Chandler, Justin Morris,  Sam Brand and Quentin Valognes.  Patrick himself is a keen cyclist and personal trainer as well as being a talented media creative.

Our Mavic 2 Pro and Osmo Pro in limpet mode are proving invaluable in capturing the team as they speed through the country. 

Carney is one of Crows Nest Films CAA qualified drone pilots.  We find it's a great way to add aerial magic to our productions.

The ride has been organised by Novo Nordisk who strive to beat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases.  Changing Diabetes is their response to the global diabetes challenge.  Their key contribution is to discover, develop and manufacture better biological medicines and make them accessible to people with diabetes throughout the world. 

By partnering with patients, policymakers, healthcare professionals and non-governmental organisations Novo Nordisk are addressing diabetes risk factors in urban areas, ensuring that people with diabetes are diagnosed earlier and that they have access to adequate care to be able to live their lives with as few limitations as possible.

Novo Nordisk is part of an exciting story that goes back more than 90 years. It began with the two small Danish companies Nordisk Insulinlaboratorium and Novo Terapeutisk Laboratorium founded in 1923 and 1925, respectively. The two companies started the production of the revolutionary new drug insulin that had just been discovered by two Canadian scientists.

The story of Nordisk Insulinlaboratorium began on an autumn day in 1922, when August and Marie Krogh (pictured) arrived in the United States by sea. August Krogh was a professor at the University of Copenhagen and had received the Nobel Prize in physiology in 1920. The couple had been invited to the US by researchers at Yale University, who had asked August Krogh to lecture throughout the country on his medical research.

On their tour of the US, the couple heard daily reports of people with diabetes being treated with insulin – a hormone discovered in 1921 by two Canadian researchers, Banting and Best. Marie Krogh was particularly interested in the treatment. Herself a doctor, she had in 1914 also become the fourth Danish woman to earn a doctorate in medicine. She was a researcher with her own medical practice and had several patients with type 1 diabetes. Marie Krogh herself had type 2 diabetes. It was Marie, who suggested that her husband contact the University of Toronto where the first life-saving insulin extract had been produced.

During their stay in the US, August Krogh wrote to Professor Macleod, head of the institute in Toronto where the first insulin extract had been produced.  The letter was well received, and after a meeting in Toronto, the couple returned to Copenhagen in December 1922 with permission to manufacture and sell the vital insulin in Scandinavia. August Krogh founded the company Nordisk Insulinlaboratorium in partnership with the Danish medical doctor Hans Christian Hagedorn, and with financial assistance provided by the Danish pharmacist August Kongsted.  Hooray!