Novartis Technical Operations (NTO) centrally manages our manufacturing operations across our Innovative Medicines and Sandoz Divisions, with a goal of further improving efficiency. Manufacturing for Alcon’s Surgical and Vision Care franchises continues to be managed by our Alcon Division. NTO is expected to optimize capacity planning and adherence to quality standards, and to lower costs through simplification, standardization and external spend optimization. Centralization is also expected to improve our ability to develop next generation technologies, implement continuous manufacturing and share best practices across divisions. NTO includes approximately 25,900 full-time equivalent associates and 67 manufacturing sites across our Innovative Medicines and Sandoz Divisions.
NTO, in collaboration with our Quality unit, is a core enabler of the Novartis strategy through:
a flexible and agile manufacturing network that responds to business needs;
operational excellence that brings productivity;
supply chain excellence to drive customer service leadership;
best in class product and inventory costs to deliver more affordable medicines;
quality excellence to reach top tier reliability levels.
NTO in numbers
25,900 full-time equivalent associates located in more than 100 countries.
67 manufacturing sites in 26 countries, organized into six technology platforms:
Solids – the Solids site network manages different production processes from granulation, compression, coating etc. for solid (tablets, capsules, powder) and semi-solid (ointments, gels, creams) medications;
Aseptics – the Aseptics platform manufactures aseptic products and supports the ophthalmic business as well as generics;
Anti-Infectives and Chemical Operations – the Anti-Infectives & Chemical Operations platform applies a range of manufacturing technologies from biological fermentation, chemical processing and manufacturing as well as supply of high quality active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). In addition, the network formulates and packages oral solid and sterile dosage forms of the Sandoz range of antibiotics.
Biotechnology – covers commercial drug substance manufacturing and supply of new biologics entities, biosimilars, cell and gene therapies and radiopharmaceuticals (through Advanced Accelerator Applications) for our Innovative Medicines Division and biosimilars for our Sandoz Division;
External Supply Operations – manages approximately 1,100 manufacturers worldwide. External Supply Operations is responsible for managing third party manufacturers for strategic raw materials, drug substances, drug products and finished products;
Local Market Manufacturing – focuses on manufacturing and supplying affordable medicines to patients and customers in their respective local countries.
The six technology platforms are supported by global Manufacturing, Science and Technology, Engineering, Global Packaging and Supply Chain functions.
NTO supplies more than 150 countries.
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