Novartis was founded in 1996 through the merger of Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz, two companies with a diverse corporate history. Throughout the years, Novartis and the companies from which it has sprung have discovered and developed a rich variety of innovative products for patients and consumers worldwide. The company’s mission is to develop and market healthcare products that prevent and cure diseases and various conditions. Novartis covers the areas of pharmaceuticals, generic drugs, over-the-counter drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, contact lenses and animal health. The company is present in 140 countries and its headquarters are located in Basel, Switzerland. Josef Jimenez serves as the company CEO.