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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Quark's RNAi treatment misses the mark in a Phase II kidney trial

Quark Pharmaceuticals' gene-silencing treatment for kidney transplant complications missed its primary endpoint in a Phase II trial, possibly jeopardizing a deal with Novartis worth up to $680 million.

Roche, Novartis protest moves in EU to pay for off-label Avastin

Last week, France made its move to knock the Novartis eye drug Lucentis out of drug coverage and move its cheaper cousin Avastin into its place. Now, Novartis and its Lucentis partner Roche are fighting back.

FDA opens the door for a Novartis biosimilar of Amgen's Neupogen

The FDA accepted Novartis' application to sell a knockoff of Amgen's biological treatment Neupogen, making the company a pioneer among those looking to capitalize on a soon-to-come U.S. market for biosimilars that is expected to explode.

The top 5 vaccine makers by 2013 revenue

Vaccines, which can be complicated and expensive to manufacture, haven't always been the moneymakers they are for some drugmakers today. Last year, the global vaccines market topped $25.56 billion according to Evaluate Pharma, with the world's 6 top-selling shots each cracking the blockbuster barrier.

Novartis and Google team up to commercialize 'smart' contact lenses

The deal gives Google a partner with healthcare experience to commercialize the glucose-recording contact lens technology it unveiled earlier this year.

Report: Development IT hit hard in Novartis cutbacks

Over the first few months of 2014, Novartis quietly began laying off workers, shedding an estimated 3,000 jobs in four months. Now BioSpace has provided details of where the ax has fallen and why, with development IT teams suffering heavy job losses.

Novartis sales flag on Diovan generics, but CEO promises cost cuts will fuel profits

Take a look at Novartis' second-quarter results for reasons why it engineered that big asset swap-and-sale with GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly. The two units Novartis is unloading, vaccines and animal health, delivered weak sales for the quarter, dragging the company's top line below expectations.

Novartis offloads share of LTS Lohmann to SAP billionaire Hopp, gaining $400M

For the past 8 months, Novartis and its partners have been trying to sell the skin-patch maker LTS Lohmann. Two private equity firms appeared ripe for a potential $1.7 billion deal. But that didn't happen. Now, Novartis and the German investment firm BWK are selling their shares in LTS to fellow owner Dietmar Hopp.

Microbix sues Novartis for patent infringement in Europe

Canada-based Microbix has slapped Novartis with a lawsuit in Europe, where it says the Swiss pharma giant has infringed its patent on Virusmax--a technology used for increasing virus yields in egg-based vaccine manufacturing.

Novartis' soon-to-be-Glaxo's vaccine unit sees mounting losses, diving sales in Q2

After years of waiting for a turnaround in its vaccines unit, it looks like Novartis may have sold it off at the right time. The Basel-based drugmaker Thursday reported stepped-up operating losses and flagging sales for the division, much of which will be on its way to former rival GlaxoSmithKline when the companies' $7.1 billion deal closes next year.