Novartis held a groundbreaking ceremony to announce the start of construction of a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in St. Petersburg, Russia. The construction of this facility represents the most significant Novartis investment in Russia to date. This facility will further expand the company's capabilities to produce and deliver both innovative pharmaceuticals and high-quality generics to Russian patients.
The new greenfield facility will be built in the Novoorlovskaya Special Economic Zone (SEZ), located to the north of the St. Petersburg city center. Once completed and approved for commercial production, which is expected in 2014, the state of-the-art facility will use cutting-edge technologies to produce approximately 1.5 billion units per year. It will also be an attractive workplace for local talent, employing more than 350 highly qualified professionals who will have access to world-class training and development programs at Novartis.
"The establishment of the new Novartis manufacturing facility demonstrates our commitment to invest in the Russian healthcare infrastructure and to contribute to the long-term goals of improving healthcare in Russia, set by the government", said Joseph Jimenez, CEO, Novartis AG. "The plant in St. Petersburg is the latest step in our strategy to bring both innovative pharmaceuticals and low cost, high quality generics closer to patients and customers in Russia."
This facility is part of a USD 500 million five-year investment into Russian healthcare infrastructure announced by Novartis in December 2010. This comprehensive partnership addresses three core areas which are local manufacturing, R&D collaborations and public health development in Russia.