swissworld.org - Switzerland's official information portal

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Pharmaceuticals

Biotech pharmaceutical production (in new window)

Biotech pharmaceutical production© Novartis

Switzerland is among the world's leading producers of chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The chemical industry focuses on dye-stuffs, perfume essences and food flavourings. The centre of the industry is Basel. The largest pharmaceutical companies are Roche and Novartis (formed by the 1996 merger of Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz).

The chemical and pharmaceutical industries export 85% of their output.

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