The University of Oxford and Novartis join the WIG membership

We are pleased to welcome the University of Oxford, as well as Novartis to the WIG membership and look forward to seeing them at our upcoming events. 


Novartis was created in 1996 through a merger of Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz. Novartis and its predecessor companies trace roots back more than 250 years, with a rich history of developing innovative products. Novartis champions scientific research and innovation to help improve healthcare and reimagine medicine, both in the UK and around the world. Their work in the UK spans four locations; Frimley, Sittingbourne, Watchmoor Park and Grimsby – these sites are responsible for manufacturing and commercialising our products. They employ approximately 1,500 people in the UK and our work opportunities are gaining national recognition – they have been awarded the exclusive 'Top Employers certification' for exceptional employee offerings three years in a row (2014, 2015 and 2016).

University of Oxford

Oxford is one of Europe’s most innovative and entrepreneurial universities: income from external research contracts in 2015/16 exceeded £676.5 m p.a., and more than 140 spinout companies have been created to date. Many of our academics actively engage with external partners to identify interesting problems, stimulate high quality research and deliver social and economic impact locally, nationally and globally, through discovery, commercialisation, policy, process and technological innovation and creating new companies and new social enterprise ventures.