Top 4 Pharmaceutical Companies in Switzerland

Switzerland is well known for being home to some of the most internationally recognized pharmaceutical companies. Let us have a look at four major pharmaceutical companies in Switzerland.

Novartis International AG

Novartis International AG is the largest pharmaceutical company in Switzerland, and the second largest in the world. This pharmaceutical company was established in 1996 as the result of a merger between two Swiss companies – Sandoz and Ciba-Geigy. It specializes in the fields of oncology, immunology & dermatology, respiratory, neuroscience. This company produces biosimilar products, generic drugs, prescription drugs, diagnostic tools, and animal and consumer healthcare products. Its generics business is the second largest in the world.

Today, Novartis has 140 laboratories and employs about 120,000 people around the world. Its subsidiaries include the Chiron Corporation, Ciba Vision, and Sandoz.

Roche Holding AG

Roche Holding AG is the second largest pharmaceutical company in Switzerland, and the third largest in the world. It manufactures, develops, and sells diagnostic and therapeutic products. Founded in Basel by Fritz Hoffmann-La Roche in 1896, Roche operates under two divisions – Roche Pharmaceutical and Roche Diagnostics.

This company became the first pharmaceutical company to mass-produce synthetic vitamin C. Roche is also known for developing drugs such as Хеlоdа, Аvаѕtіn, and Tamiflu, as well as МabТhеrа and Herceptin (both assist with targeting specific types of cancer).

Today, Roche employs about 95,000 people in 150 countries. Subsidiaries of this global healthcare giant include Genentech, Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., and Ventana.

Basilea Pharmaceutica AG

Basilea Pharmaceutica AG is an independent biopharmaceutical company. Founded in Basel in 2000, this company actively discovers and develops innovative drugs for treating bacterial infections, fungal infections, and skin diseases.

Today, this company operates in France, Germany, Denmark, China, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Lonza Group AG

Founded in 1897 in the small town of Gampel, Lonza Group AG is the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of custom active ingredients and intermediates. It conducts research and development, and manufactures products for pharmaceuticals, as well as for other industries, including agro-industrial, dyes and pigments, food and feed, adhesives, and fragrances. The company operates under three divisions – Exclusive Synthesis & Biopharmaceuticals, Organic Fine & Performance Chemicals, and Polymer Intermediates.

Today, Lonza Group AG is headquartered in Basel, and has more than 100 locations and approximately 15,500 employees.

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