Novartis is one of the leading global pharmaceutical companies providing solutions to emerging needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is active in 140 countries and employs 98,000 people. Our mission is to discover, develop and successfully market innovative formulations that prevent and cure diseases, alleviate pain, and improve quality of life. We strengthen our pharmaceutical portfolio, which is focused on strategic growth platforms in innovation-driven pharmaceuticals, high-quality generic drugs (generics) low cost vaccines, and non-prescription medicines. Novartis is the only company with leadership in these areas.