The Swiss pharma company Novartis ranks in the top 10 of pharma companies, and boasts drugs ranging from Ritalin and Lamisil to clozapine, Diovan and Gilenya. It also owns the generic giant Sandoz. Unlike its competitor, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis did not offer free flu vaccines during the H1N1 flu epidemic.

In March 2011, Novartis gained FDA approval for Gilenya, its multiple sclerosis drug. The nod came on the heels of a narrower EMA approval, which grants second-line treatment status. According to experts, the drug could be worth $3 billion in annual sales as the first oral MS drug on the market.

Novartis purchased the remaining portion of eye care company Alcon in a $12.9 billion deal at the end of 2010, marking the end of one of the biggest battles in biopharma. Although many analysts predicted heavy layoffs in 2010 from the company, only 1,400 jobs were cut in December 2010, with the disclaimer that more could be on the way as Novartis, like others in the industry, analyzes its efficiency.

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Alcon intraocular lens gets FDA's stringent PMA approval

Novartis' Alcon received FDA approval for its implantable AcrySof IQ ReSTOR +2.5 Diopter intraocular lens, enabling vision correction at all distances in eye care patients with or without presbyopia who undergo cataract surgery.

Careful, European drugmakers. Fitch says M&A may be a bit too heated

Fitch Ratings is raising the flag on pharma M&A. The credit ratings agency says the current spate of dealmaking is putting some pressure on European Big Pharma players.

Gilead's hep C drugs make it king of the hill in U.S. drug sales

The U.S. drug market is the largest in the world and just about every drugmaker wants the biggest piece of it that it can get. For 2014 that honor goes to biotech Gilead Sciences, whose hep C drugs vaulted it to the top, according to  PMLiVE  based on sales info from GlobalData.

Novartis has fresh data to support newly acquired CLL drug Arzerra

Novartis already has some positive data for Arzerra, a chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) drug it picked up in its $16 billion buyout of GlaxoSmithKline's cancer drugs. Given the competition in the category, Novartis can use whatever boost it can get as it works to extract additional sales out of the portfolio of oncology products.

Big Pharma-backed Dutch immuno-oncology player eyes €100M Nasdaq IPO

A Dutch immuno-oncology player that has received venture funding from Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and Pfizer is preparing to list on Nasdaq. The company--Merus--hopes to raise upward of €100 million ($107 million) to advance its pipeline of bispecific IgG antibodies into the clinic and through early-phase trials.

High-flying immuno-oncology player Adaptimmune pitches $150M IPO

Adaptimmune Therapeutics has become one of the brightest hopes in the U.K. biotech scene, scoring a $350 million collaboration pact with GlaxoSmithKline and a whopping $104 million venture round. Now Adaptimmune--a 2014 Fierce 15 company--will see if it can keep the hot streak rolling with a $150 million IPO pitch.

Juno and Novartis settle CAR-T patent fight with little fanfare

Novartis and Juno Therapeutics, pioneers in a promising new field of cancer treatment, have reached a settlement in their long-running patent dispute, clearing the way for each to advance rival therapies designed to weaponize the immune system.

BMJ: Novartis tried to 'scupper' trials to protect Lucentis from cheap Avastin

Did Novartis and Roche campaign against study data supporting cheap Avastin eye injections as a substitute for their own purpose-made vision drug Lucentis? The  BMJ  says they did, aiming to "undermine and divert attention" from trials pitting Lucentis against the much cheaper treatment. 

Novartis steps in to help bankroll CRISPR-Cas9 pioneer Caribou

Pharma heavyweight Novartis has stepped in to help bankroll Berkeley, CA-based Caribou Biosciences, one of the upstart leaders in the race to develop the cutting-edge CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology.

Fast-track approvals gain traction in Europe as EMA, U.K. schemes take off

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is preparing to step up its conditional approval initiative to cut the time and data needed to bring new drugs to patients. Having received applications to enter 58 drugs into the program, EMA has selected a treatment based on genes, cells or tissue engineering as the first candidate to advance to the next stage.