Novartis UK has claimed that proposals to restructure operations at its Horsham site in West Sussex will have little, if any, impact on the animal health side of the company’s operations.

Novartis UK has claimed that proposals to restructure operations at its Horsham site in West Sussex will have little, if any, impact on the animal health side of the company’s operations.

Novartis revealed its intentions to “restructure operations” at Horsham on Wednesday, but claimed it would remain committed to maintaining the site’s respiratory research function should the proposals go ahead, following a consultation process and final Novartis UK board approval.

Novartis has announced proposals to Horsham (pictured right) is a “campus” site shared by Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), and Novartis Consumer Health. There are approximately 950 full-time equivalent positions on the campus of which approximately 330 are dedicated to respiratory research.

According to the company, the proposals are part of its “ongoing efforts to align resources to better respond to patients and customers in a challenging healthcare marketplace”.

If the proposals go ahead, it is intended that the Respiratory Clinical Development Franchise and Respiratory Research team will stay in Horsham, while other divisions are “co-located” with teams in Cambridge and Basel (Switzerland) over a 1-2 year period. Over-the-Counter operations would move to (or near to) the Novartis Frimley site in Surrey.

Employees whose roles are put at risk by the proposal will, if accepted, be supported by Novartis through the process, with the “identification of opportunities for redeployment or alternative positions“.

Commenting on whether the proposals would impact upon the company’s animal health operations, a spokesman told vetsonline: “You can never say never, but I wouldn’t have thought so. It [the Horsham site] is human medicines – they’re very different divisions – so I would not have thought there will be any impact on the animal health side of the business at all.”

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