The name Novartis is relatively new - and the 1996 merger that created it was the biggest merger in business history - but the company is rooted in 150 years of history. This is the story of how Switzerland's pharmaceutical industry developed and how a remarkable global business was created.
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Created in 1996 by the merger of three major Swiss pharmaceutical companies, Ciba, Geigy and Sandoz, Novartis is now the only global company with leading positions in innovative medicines, eye care, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines and diagnostic tools, over-the-counter and animal health products. Novartis Group companies employ approximately 131,000 full-time-equivalent associates and operate in more than 140 countries around the world.