What we do
We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative products in three primary areas of Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare.
We have a significant global presence with commercial operations in more than 150 countries, a network of 86 manufacturing sites in 36 countries and large R&D centres in the UK, USA, Spain, Belgium and China.
Research is vitally important to the success of our business, and we spent just £3.4 billion in 2013 in our search to develop new medicines, vaccines and innovative consumer products. We are one of the few healthcare companies researching medicines and vaccines for the World Health Organization’s three priority diseases - HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Our Pharmaceuticals business develops and makes medicines to treat a broad range of acute and chronic diseases. Our portfolio is made up of both patent-protected and off patent medicines.
Our Vaccines business is one of the largest in the world, producing paediatric and adult vaccines against a range of infectious diseases. In 2013, we distributed more than 860 million doses to 170 countries, of which over 80% were supplied to developing countries.
We develop and market a range of consumer healthcare products based on scientific innovation. We have brands in four main categories: Total Wellness, Oral Care, Nutrition and Skin Health. These include a number of well-known brands such as Sensodyne, Panadol and Horlicks.