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Novartis to Expand Global Research Headquarters in Cambridge, MA

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Novartis announced today that it will add 300 new jobs and invest $600 million over the next five years to expand its global Research headquarters campus on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, Mass.  

"Novartis was the first global pharmaceutical company to move its Research headquarters to Massachusetts just a few years ago.  It has achieved prominence and, we believe, helped to amplify Cambridge's magnetism for others in the biomedical field to follow," said Mark Fishman, President of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.  "Our scientists and physicians here already have discovered a host of new medicines, and established fruitful collaborations with academic, clinical, and biotech institutions.  The constellation of talent and environment are unmatched.  We look forward to the next wave of new medicines coming from this center."

The company plans to expand its current Massachusetts Avenue campus, adjacent to MIT, by more than 400,000 square feet, including laboratory, office and retail space. Construction is expected to begin in 2011.

"Novartis' commitment to expand and create more jobs in Massachusetts is an affirmation of the Commonwealth's international leadership and investments in the life sciences," said Governor Deval Patrick. "As one of the key drivers of our innovation economy, Novartis' new plan to create jobs and invest in Massachusetts offers proof that businesses are growing here and our economy is on the move."

The new campus will be built on a four-acre parcel that Novartis is leasing from MIT under an expanded agreement originally signed in 2009.

"Novartis is a life sciences leader and exemplary corporate citizen in Cambridge," said Cambridge Mayor David Maher. "This is a global company that acts locally through a wide variety of programs in our community.  Their decision to grow here is great news for Cambridge and a testament to the dynamic life sciences climate here."

Since 2002 Novartis has steadily grown its operations in Cambridge. Today the company employs more than 2,000 associates and occupies more than 1 million square feet of laboratory and office space -- making it the city's largest corporate employer.  The company's operations in Cambridge include the global headquarters for the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research; Novartis Molecular Diagnostics, a dedicated business unit focused on developing tests to advance patient tailored treatment; Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, a division focused on providing vaccines and diagnostic tools to prevent diseases and protect societies worldwide, and the U.S. office of the Novartis Venture Funds.

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About NovartisNovartis provides healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Focused solely on healthcare, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines, diagnostic tools and consumer health products. Novartis is the only company with leading positions in these areas. In 2009, the Group's continuing operations achieved net sales of USD 44.3 billion, while approximately USD 7.5 billion was invested in R&D activities throughout the Group. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis Group companies employ approximately 100,000 full-time-equivalent associates and operate in more than 140 countries around the world. For more information, please visit Media RelationsCentral media line : +41 61 324 2200Mariellen GallagherNovartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

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