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Novartis Launches Sandoz Spinoff, Creating Independent Company


Separate entity allows company to concentrate on status as focused medicines company.

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Novartis has officially completed the spinoff process for Sandoz, its generics and biosimilars division, with each shareholder receiving one Sandoz share for every five Novartis shares or one Sandoz American Depositary Receipt (ADR) for every five Novartis ADRs. In the future, Novartis intends to become solely a focused medicines company.

“This is a truly historic moment for Novartis and Sandoz, as we begin new chapters as independent companies. With several consecutive quarters of sales growth, Sandoz starts out from a position of strength as a global leader in Generics and Biosimilars, and I am confident they are poised to deepen their impact on patients and society,” said Vas Narasimhan, MD, CEO, Novartis. “Today, after more than USD 100bn in transactions over the last few years, Novartis emerges as a fully focused innovative medicines company. We are entering this new era with strong financial performance and R&D momentum, and I’m more confident than ever in our ability to reimagine medicine for and with patients around the globe.”

Reference: Novartis executes Sandoz Spin-off, completing strategic transformation into a leading, focused innovative medicines company. Novartis. October 4, 2023. Accessed October 4, 2023. https://www.novartis.com/news/media-releases/novartis-executes-sandoz-spin-completing-strategic-transformation-leading-focused-innovative-medicines-company

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