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The pharmaceutical industry in Switzerland directly and indirectly employs about 135,000 people.[1] It contributes to 5.7% of the gross domestic product of Switzerland and contributes to 30% of the country's exports.[1]

Switzerland is home to many pharmaceutical companies, including very large groups, such as Novartis and Hoffmann-La Roche. In 2013, 41 life science companies had their international headquarters (and 29 more their regional headquarters) in Switzerland.[2][3]

History


Companies


A number of pharmaceutical companies are headquartered in Switzerland:

Additionally, several non-domestic pharmaceutical companies have regional headquarters in Switzerland, including:

Finally, other companies with relevant international activities in Switzerland are:

Life sciences


70% of the investments in life sciences in Europe are made in the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, France, and Switzerland.[2][3]

In addition to pharmaceutical companies (65 companies), Switzerland is home to many companies in the fields of biotechnology (338 companies) or medical devices and technology (341 companies).[2][3] According to KPMG, there are 120 life science companies in Basel, 132 in Zürich and 92 in the Lemanic region.[2][3]

In 2013, 41 life science companies had their international headquarters (and 29 more their regional headquarters) in Switzerland.[2][3] In Switzerland, there are about 51,000 workers in the field of medical technologies (1,600 companies) and 13,700 on the field of biotechnologies.[5]

Hubs


According to Le Temps, there are about 900 pharmaceutical and medtech companies (50,000 workers) in the region of Basel.[5] The region of Zurich, mainly active in medical technologies employs 21,000 workers.[5]

According to L'Hebdo, there are 750 biotech and medtech companies (20,000 employees) in the Lemanic region.[6] Among them, 450 companies develop and/or produce drugs.[6] In addition to that, there are 500 laboratories from universities and university hospitals (in the Lemanic region).[6]

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