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Novartis Expands By $600m in Cambridge

Always nice to hear anything that smacks of economic growth these days. WBUR’s Curt Nickisch reports:

BOSTON — Novartis has announced a $600 million expansion of its Cambridge campus, where it’s already the city’s largest corporate employer.

The Swiss drugmaker currently employs 2,000 people in 1 million square feet of laboratory and office space at Kendall Square. Now Novartis plans to expand that by 40 percent, adding another 300 jobs.

Mark Fishman, president of the biomedical research campus, says it’s important to be close to universities and other pharmaceutical companies.

“You wander down the street to a seminar or you have lunch with somebody,” Fishman says. “Makes a big difference.”

Fishman says Novartis is not getting any new tax incentives, but will apply for existing tax breaks from the the state’s life sciences initiative. Continue reading