Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

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  • Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Major discovery efforts at the frontiers of science

The Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) is the innovation engine of Novartis. We collaborate across scientific and organizational boundaries, with a focus on powerful new technologies that have the potential to help produce therapeutic breakthroughs for patients.

  • 6 000

    People dedicated to discovery

  • 6

    Research campuses across the globe

Our Leadership
“My least favorite term in our field is ‘undruggable target.’”
Jay Bradner President, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Novartis
Our Approach to Early Research and Discovery
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Chemical Biology at NIBR

We organize our early discovery efforts around a scientific discipline called chemical biology, which combines biology, chemistry and computer science.

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Research Institutes

Our research institutes are located across the globe to gain access to the world's best scientific talent. This network maintains a highly collaborative culture that encourages teams and individuals to work across institutional and geographic boundaries.

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    Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD)

    As a small-molecule drug discovery research institute, NITD combines the drug discovery expertise and cutting-edge technologies of Novartis to fight infectious tropical diseases.

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    Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research

    Founded in 1970, the Friedrich Miescher Institute is devoted to fundamental biomedical research and focuses on epigenetics, growth control and neurobiology.

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    Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF)

    GNF is well known for developing novel technology to drive cutting-edge drug discovery research, identify new biological pathways, and discover mechanisms underlying human disease.

Collaborative Science

Our science is deeply interconnected and nimble, open and accepting of criticism, prioritized to win in a competitive landscape, and – most importantly –  impatient in its delivery to patients.

Our research benefits from an external network of more than 300 academic and 100 industry alliances focused on areas of mutual scientific interest.

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Recent Jobs in Research

Novartis looks for dedicated team members to join its research efforts around the world. We recruit the best and brightest at all levels of expertise.

Students and Scholars
Our Research Community

In addition to Novartis’ Corporate Responsiblity activities, NIBR accepts a broader responsibility to society by supporting the communities around us and around the world.

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    NIBR Giving

    We give back to society through direct contributions to organizations that advance science education, diversity and healthy living. Nonprofit and other grant-seeking organizations with approved tax-exempt status in the US are welcome to apply.

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    Community Exploration & Learning Lab (CELL)

    Our programs – such as CELL in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US – build students’ confidence through hands-on experimentation and minds-on problem-solving.