More than 20,000 Novartis Associates Worldwide Volunteer for Local Causes in Community Partnership Day

• Annual volunteer event to commemorate creation of Novartis in 1996 now benefits hundreds of charities in 55 countries

• This year 120 Novartis Animal Health associates from the Greensboro office participated in voluntary activities in the community, along with more than 20,000 associates worldwide

• Novartis event emphasizes strong commitment to Corporate Citizenship

Greensboro, N.C., (April 29, 2010) -- Thousands of Novartis associates in 55 countries engaged in volunteer activities on Thursday, April 22, to benefit people in their local communities in celebration of the company’s Community Partnership Day. This year marked the 14th Community Partnership Day, commemorating the 1996 creation of Novartis as a global leader in healthcare solutions. About 14,500 associates worldwide joined in the event in 2009, aiding a wide range of charitable causes.

Novartis Animal Health, US, Inc. is headquartered in Greensboro, N.C. To contribute to the world-wide Novartis initiative, 120 Greensboro employees participated in volunteer efforts at Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center in Colfax, N.C, and Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C., as part of their Community Partnership Day.

Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center is a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic equine activities to over 250 disabled individuals each year. Victory Junction provides children with chronic or serious illnesses the opportunity to attend camp, while still being under 24-hour medical supervision.

Novartis Animal Health volunteer activities included everything from pressure washing buildings to removing dead trees and reseeding pastures at both facilities. Employees also cleaned stalls and tool rooms, as well as, painted and put in new fence lines.

Employees at the Novartis Animal Health facility in Larchwood, Iowa, also plan to participate with a Community Partnership Day on May 14. Approximately 100 employees will divide up and contribute to three projects – preparing local parks for the summer season (painting shelters, cleaning and landscaping), putting the finishing touches on the new black rhino exhibit at the Great Falls Zoo in Sioux Falls, S.D., or hosting a spa day for residents at a local nursing home.

Community Partnership Day has grown steadily as a way for Novartis associates worldwide to give back to our communities. Associates in each country choose volunteer activities according to local needs – whether medical, environmental, social or material.

To download photos from the April 22 event, visit the photostream on Flickr.

About Novartis Animal Health US, Inc.

Headquartered in Greensboro, NC, Novartis Animal Health US, Inc. researches, develops and commercializes leading animal treatments that meet the needs of pet owners, farmers and veterinarians. Part of the Basel, Switzerland-based Novartis Animal Health global organization, the US business is the largest of the 40 countries where Novartis Animal Health operates. For more information about Novartis Animal Health US, Inc., please consult www.ah.novartis.us.

About Novartis

Novartis assists people who cannot afford healthcare through a variety of efforts worldwide. In 2009, 79.5 million patients around the world benefited from Novartis access-to-medicines programs that were valued at USD 1.51 billion. These initiatives range from drug donation and research programs to combat neglected diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and leprosy in developing nations, to patient assistance programs that help cancer patients receive the most innovative and effective treatments.

Novartis provides healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Focused solely on healthcare, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines, diagnostic tools and consumer health products. Novartis is the only company with leading positions in these areas. In 2009, the Group's continuing operations achieved net sales of USD 44.3 billion, while approximately USD 7.5 billion was invested in R&D activities throughout the Group. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis Group companies employ approximately 100,000 full-time-equivalent associates and operate in more than 140 countries around the world. For more information, please visit www.novartis.com.

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Novartis Animal Health Media Relations

For more information, contact:

Mickey McDermott

Novartis Animal Health Communications

(336) 387-3924 (office)

(336) 636-1686 (mobile)

mickey.mcdermott@novartis.com

or

Julie Groce

Novartis Animal Health Communications

(336) 387-1080 (office)

(336) 601-8079 (mobile)

julie.groce@novartis.com

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