Novartis has started the construction of a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in St Petersburg, Russia.

The facility, due for completion in 2014, is expected to expand the company’s production capabilities and is Novartis’ most significant investment in Russia to date.

Built in the Novoorlovskaya Special Economic Zone, the plant will have the capacity to produce 1.5bn units a year, and will employ in more than 350 staff.

The construction is part of a $500m, five-year investment into Russian healthcare infrastructure and will address local manufacturing, R&D collaborations and public health development in the country.

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