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Jan 8, 2014

Roche ‘brain shuttle’ technology offers Alzheimer’s hope

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Roche has found an efficient way for complex antibody drugs to reach and penetrate the brain, raising the possibility of more effective treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

The innovative brain shuttle technology, which has so far been tested in mice, can cross the blood-brain barrier that has been a key obstacle for researchers working on neurological drugs because it acts as a seal against large molecules such as antibodies.

Jan 7, 2014

Returns may suffer as drugmakers compete in crowded cancer field

ZURICH (Reuters) – Pharmaceutical companies including Switzerland’s Novartis and Roche are among those developing a treatment for a specific type of lung cancer, a field that is now so crowded it may impact profits.

A better understanding of the cause of tumors has drawn resources into cancer research at the expense of antibiotics and cardiovascular disease but over-concentration in certain fields could cut commercial rewards, some analysts say.

Jan 6, 2014

Swiss business groups warn against immigration quota plan

BERNE (Reuters) – Swiss business groups rallied together on Monday to reject a proposal to re-impose quotas on immigrants from European Union countries, warning the measure would exacerbate a shortage of skilled workers and damage firms’ competitiveness.

Despite the country’s wealth and economic success, immigration is a hot-button issue in Switzerland where the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) has long blamed rising rents, crowded public transport and higher crime on an influx of foreigners.

Dec 6, 2013

Novartis aims to show strength with muscle wasting drug

BASEL, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Fifteen years ago Ian Parkhill was
diagnosed with a rare muscle-wasting disease that gradually
robbed him of the strength in his thighs.

Now, he struggles to walk. The waning muscle in his arms
will soon hinder his ability to pull himself out of a chair, he
fears, and simple tasks such as holding a pen are increasingly
difficult as the dexterity in his fingers declines.

Dec 6, 2013

Nestle sells Givaudan stake as it trims portfolio

ZURICH/PARIS (Reuters) – Nestle (NESN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) was selling its 10 percent stake in Swiss fragrance and flavor maker Givaudan (GIVN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Friday for as much as 1.08 billion Swiss francs ($1.20 billion), as it concentrates resources on its core food businesses.

The world’s biggest food group cut its sales outlook earlier this year and said it would dispose of underperforming businesses to slim down its sprawling portfolio which spans Perrier bottled water, KitKat chocolate and Gerber baby food.

Dec 6, 2013

Nestle sells 10 pct stake in Givaudan

ZURICH, Dec 6 (Reuters) – ZURICH/PARIS, Dec 6 (Reuters) -
Nestle is selling its 10 percent stake in Swiss
fragrance and flavour maker Givaudan in an effort to
narrow its focus on core operations and clean up its balance
sheet.

Traders on Friday said the sale managed by Goldman Sachs
through an accelerated book building was being offered at a
price range of 1,150-1,170 Swiss francs a share, valuing the
entire stake at as much as 1.08 billion Swiss francs ($1.20
billion).

Nov 24, 2013

Swiss voters reject proposal to limit executives’ pay

ZURICH, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Swiss voters rejected a proposal
on Sunday to cap the salaries of top executives at 12 times that
of a company’s lowest wage, heeding warnings from industry
leaders that the measure could harm the country’s economy.

The wealthy nation, which is home to some of the world’s
biggest companies including food group Nestle and
commodities giant Glencore Xstrata, voted 66 percent
against imposing the limit, according to a projection from Swiss
television.

Nov 22, 2013

Novartis sweetens investors with $5 billion share buyback

ZURICH, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Novartis
offered a sweetener to investors on Friday by starting
a $5 billion share buyback programme, but shied away from
announcing any radical surgery to its structure.

The Basel-based pharmaceutical firm is carrying out a broad
review of operations following the departure of veteran chairman
and one-time CEO Daniel Vasella, and is considering options for
its non-core assets that lack the scale to become world leaders.

Nov 19, 2013

Swiss to vote on linking bosses’ pay to wage of office cleaner

ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland will vote on Sunday on whether to limit the salaries of top executives so they don’t earn more in a month than the lowest paid workers earn in a year, a move that could mean big pay cuts for business leaders earning millions.

The so-called 1:12 initiative for Fair Pay, the latest attempt to narrow a growing wage gap in one of the world’s wealthiest nations, was brought about by the youth wing of the Social Democrats (JUSO), who gathered the 100,000 signatures needed to force a nationwide vote.

Nov 7, 2013

Swisscom’s new CEO sees future in the “cloud”

ZURICH, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Swisscom AG named Urs
Schaeppi as chief executive on Thursday, resolving leadership
uncertainty following the suicide of Carsten Schloter earlier
this year.

Schaeppi, a former head of Swisscom’s Swiss business and its
corporate arm, has been acting CEO since Schloter was found dead
at home in July.