Nov 28, 2023

Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR 

  • ‘Pure-play’ innovative medicines strategy focused on four therapeutic areas and five technology platforms, which offer potential for consistent growth
  • Mid-term sales guidance upgrade to 5% CAGR (2022-27), with core operating income margin of ~40%+ by 2027, driven by continued strong momentum of key growth drivers  
  • Confidence to grow mid-single digit longer-term based on the foundational strength of de-risked existing brands and pipeline assets
  • Focused strategy and financial discipline has delivered robust sales, core operating income and free cash flow growth
  • Industry-leading performance across priority ESG ratings and remain committed to creating value through focusing on material ESG factors

Basel, November 28, 2023 — Novartis executives are meeting investors and analysts today at an event in London, U.K., to showcase the company’s ‘pure play’ innovative medicines strategy and focused Research and Development pipeline.

“Novartis has now completed its transformation into a ‘pure-play’ innovative medicines company, delivering robust increases in core margin and free cash flow, while also continuing strong operational performance. We remain committed to executing our focused strategy, and creating significant shareholder value in the short-, mid-, and long-term as illustrated by our upgraded mid-term sales guidance to 5% CAGR and ~40%+ core operating income margin.”, said Vas Narasimhan M.D., CEO of Novartis. “ Our pipeline is focused on delivering high value assets across our four core therapeutic areas and fully realizing the potential of our advanced technology platforms, which could unlock future substantial growth.”

Novartis today outlines progress made in delivering its pure-play strategy, focused on four core therapeutic areas (Cardiovascular-Renal-Metabolic, Immunology, Neuroscience, Oncology), two plus three technology platforms (Chemistry, Biotherapeutics, xRNA, Radioligand, Gene & Cell Therapy) in four priority geographies (US, China, Germany, Japan).

Strengthening R&D pipeline, improving productivity
The company continues to make significant progress in improving the performance of R&D through active prioritization of the pipeline to focus on high-value assets, and driving operational excellence within the organization. This has enabled increased resourcing for priority projects and strengthening functional capabilities.

Across Biomedical Research and Development, resources have been streamlined to maximize focus and enhance competencies. The strong, streamlined portfolio now comprises 103 projects1 including 46 NMEs, with up to 15 key submissions for regulatory approval expected in the 2024-2027 timeframe, each targeted to address major unmet needs and with significant sales potential.

Four core Therapeutic Areas; advanced technology platforms*
Oncology disease areas include breast, prostate and lung cancer as well as CML, NHL, MM, AML, MDS, PNH, ITP, wAIHA.

  • Submissions planned by 2027 include Kisqali for HR+/HER2- breast cancer, in the adjuvant setting, Pluvicto for mCRPC in both the pre-taxane setting and for mHSPC, and Scemblix in first line CML, as well as iptacopan for PNH.
  • Radioligand therapy in solid tumors offers patients better efficacy with lower side effects.

Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic (CRM) disease areas include heart failure & hypertension, atherosclerosis, rare renal diseases and acute kidney injury.

  • Submissions planned by 2027 include iptacopan, atrasentan and zigakibart for treatment of IgAN, iptacopan for the treatment of C3G, pelacarsen to lower Lp(a) for CV risk reduction and Leqvio for pediatric hyperlipidemia.
  • siRNA offers improved adherence while maintaining efficacy in cardiovascular diseases.

Immunology disease areas include psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, spondylitis / spondylarthritis, HS, CSU, CINDU, Sjögren’s, SLE, LN and food allergy.

  • Submissions planned by 2027 include multiple filings to extend Cosentyx indications, remibrutinib for CSU and CINDU and ianalumab for Sjögren’s syndrome.
  • CAR-T offers potential in SLE, Sjögren’s, severe rheumatoid arthritis.

Neuroscience disease areas include multiple sclerosis, neurodegeneration (Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s) and neuromuscular disease (building on Spinal Muscular Atrophy, including ALS).

  • Submissions planned by 2027 include an intrathecal formulation for Zolgensma and remibrutinib for multiple sclerosis.
  • Technologies delivering nucleic assets to the brain have shown promising data.

1 Ph1 to approval, excl. Global Health.
* for abbreviations, see below.

The R&D Day will be webcast at 14:30 CET and can be watched here: R&D Day 2023.


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LDL-C; CVRR-Lp(a) - Cardiovascular risk reduction - Lp(a); C3G - Complement 3 Glomerulopathy; IgAN - IgA Nephropathy; HS - Hidradenitis suppurativa; CSU - Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria; CINDU - Chronic Inducible Urticaria; SMA IT - Spinal Muscular Atrophy - Intrathecal; MS - Multiple sclerosis; HR+/HER2- BC - Hormone receptor positive/ human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 positive breast cancer; mCRPC - Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer; mHSPC - Metastatic Hormone-Sensitive Prostate Cancer; NSCLC - Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment; PNH - Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria; CML - Chronic myelogenous leukemia; HR-MDS - Higher-Risk Myelodysplastic Syndromes; NHL – Non-Hodgkins’ Lymphoma; MM – multiple myeloma; MDS – myelodysplatic syndrome; ITP – immune thrombocytopenia; wAIHA -Warm antibody hemolytic anemia; CINDU - Chronic inducible urticaria; SLE – systemic lupus erythematosus; LN- lupus nephritis

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