7. Novartis Animal Health - Top 10 animal health companies

Novartis Animal Health
2013 Revenue: $1.17 billion
HQ: Greensboro, NC

It's been a busy year for Novartis' ($NVS) animal health division, which in April was bought by Eli Lilly ($LLY) for $5.4 billion, nearly 5 times its 2013 revenue of $1.17 billion. The acquisition combines Eli Lilly's animal health unit Elanco with Novartis Animal Health, creating the world's second-largest animal health company. In 2012, Novartis suffered a drop in revenue after pulling two key pet products from the U.S. market because of manufacturing problems at a plant in Lincoln, NE. But prior to the product recall-induced revenue drop, its animal health unit was rising steadily for a decade, reaching its peak at $1.3 billion in 2011. George Gunn heads its animal health division, headquartered in Greensboro, NC. The company markets products for pets, livestock and farmed fish. Some of its star products include Capstar, a flea treatment for cats and dogs, and the Vira Shield vaccine, a respiratory and reproductive diseases preventive for beef and dairy cattle. -- Laura Shaposhnikova (email | Twitter)

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