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With the closure of the Horsham site Novartis only has one remaining R&D site in the UK © Novartis
The Horsham site was downsized back in 2011, when manufacturing and global development at the site were closed and gastrointestinal research was moved to Basel, Switzerland. The 2011 job losses at Horsham preceded a much larger swathe of job cuts at Novartis, with over 2000 jobs cut in Switzerland and the US in an attempt to improve productivity and absorb pricing pressures in Europe.
In a statement the company explained that it ‘continually evaluates its resource allocation to ensure that the organisation is highly flexible and able to proactively adapt to external challenges to best meet the needs of patients and customers. Our pipeline and future potential growth are strong. However, we face challenges in today’s industry.’
The Novartis statement added that the decision will be subject to an employee consultation process and final approval by the company’s UK board. After the closure of Horsham the company will continue to operate a number of UK manufacturing sites, as well as a team in Sittingbourne, Kent, that develops patient diagnostic tests.
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