Sandoz is a triple winner at 2015 Global Generics & Biosimilars Awards in Madrid

14. 10. 2015

On October 13, 2015 in Madrid, Sandoz picked-up three accolades at the Global Generics & Biosimilars Awards hosted by the Generics Bulletin including Company of the Year.

The recent launch of Zarxio, the first US biosimilar, which has paved the way for greater access to high-quality biologics won Biosimilar Initiative of the Year. In September this year, Sandoz became the first company to introduce a biosimilar in the US – leading the way in the US just as it did in Europe nearly 10 years ago.

The FDA approval and launch of Glatopa as the first generic competitor to the leading MS therapy Copaxone won Regulatory Achievement of the Year. The approval and subsequent launch reinforced Sandoz leadership in a field of complex, differentiated generic products. It further demonstrated Sandoz’ commitment to offer patients and payors a full range of therapeutic options.

The awards night culminated in Sandoz being named Company of the Year having met several significant milestone achievements and achieved four quarters of strong growth driven by renewed strategic focus for 2015 and onwards.

Collecting the awards were Carol Lynch, Global Head of Biopharmaceuticals & Oncology Injectables, Mark McCamish, Head of Global Biopharmaceutical & Oncology Injectables Development and Greg Oakes, Vice President and Head, Biopharmaceuticals, North America and Sreejit Mohan, Global Head, Franchise Communications.

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Sandoz, a division of Novartis, is a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals, driving sustainable access to high-quality healthcare. Sandoz employs more than 26,000 people worldwide and supplies a broad range of affordable products to patients and customers around the globe.
The Sandoz global portfolio comprises approximately 1,100 molecules, which accounted for 2014 sales of USD 9.6 billion. Sandoz holds the global #1 position in biosimilars as well as in generic anti-infectives, ophthalmics and transplantation medicines. Sandoz also holds leading global positions in key therapeutic areas ranging from generic injectables, dermatology and respiratory to cardiovascular, metabolism, central nervous system, pain and gastrointestinal.
Sandoz develops, produces and markets finished dosage form (FDF) medicines as well as intermediary products including active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and biotechnological substances. Nearly half of the Sandoz portfolio is in differentiated products – medicines that are scientifically more difficult to develop and manufacture than standard generics.
In addition to strong organic growth since consolidating its generics businesses under the Sandoz brand name in 2003, Sandoz has consistently driven growth in selected geographies and differentiated product areas through a series of targeted acquisitions, including Hexal (Germany), EBEWE Pharma (Austria), and Fougera Pharmaceuticals (US).
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Novartis provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, eye care, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines and over-the-counter products. Novartis is the only global company with leading positions in these areas. In 2014, the Group achieved net sales of USD 58.0 billion, while R&D throughout the Group amounted to approximately USD 9.9 billion (USD 9.6 billion excluding impairment and amortization charges). Novartis Group companies employ approximately 130,000 full-time-equivalent associates. Novartis products are available in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information, please visit

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