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Novartis plans Shanghai drug lab
Laboratory testing
China's pharmaceutical market is worth $13bn
Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis has announced plans to build a $100m (53m) research centre in Shanghai.

Novartis chief Daniel Vasella said the centre was a "symbol of the ever growing importance of China and our willingness to trust the government".

The firm's Chinese annual sales growth slowed to 10% this year, from a rate of about 20% in the previous five years.

However, Mr Vasella said he expected double-digit growth to continue in coming years.

"The level of scientific expertise in China is rising rapidly," he said.

The 38,000 sq m (410,000 sq ft) centre will employ 400 scientists, with construction set to start in mid-2007.

The lab will combine modern drug research with traditional Chinese medicine, with an initial focus on the causes of cancer.




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