Today, Novartis CEO Vas Narasimhan announced the company’s financial results for the first quarter of 2018.
Apr 19, 2018
In his remarks, the CEO commented: “We continued our transformation this quarter to become a more focused medicines company.” And, “Operationally, we drove solid growth across all financial metrics, strong performance across our key growth brands, and continued Alcon’s strong recovery.”
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