Novartis R&D efforts are driven by the need to enhance human health and well-being. At NIBR, we have developed a research strategy that addresses both common and rare diseases and we work together with the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases that seeks to treat diseases that plague the developing world. Our Translational Medicine group creates a close relationship between bench research and what happens in clinics, hospitals and doctors’ offices.
Initiatives to increase energy efficiency and decrease water consumption, solvent emissions, and waste are part and parcel of this commitment.
We strive to make efficient use of natural resources and minimize the environmental impacts of our activities and our products over their life cycle.
Since 2006, Novartis has achieved a 21% improvement in energy efficiency, well beyond our 10% target. Greenhouse gas emissions have also been held in check through campus-wide energy efficiency programs, all while NIBR has experienced significant growth in personnel, buildings, and energy intensive research equipment and tools.
A new target of 10% in energy savings and 6% in absolute total emission reduction has been set through 2015.
We expect the trend in improved energy efficiency to continue. For example, all of our new building designs incorporate many sustainable "green" design concepts, which reduce energy consumption by as much as 20%, and water consumption by 57% over traditional building design.
Engaging and mentoring students to excite them about science
As a biomedical research organization, we hope to ignite a scientific spark in students and excite them about a possible future in science. To do this, we have developed outreach programs that put an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
NIBR programs, such as CELL (the Community Exploration & Learning Lab) in Cambridge, Mass, U.S., build students’ confidence through hands-on experimentation and minds-on problem solving. Activities in this lab, which is a replica of the ones our researchers practice in everyday, are led by a teaching corps of NIBR scientists. Teaching corps members visit local classrooms to better understand how middle and high school students best learn. CELL staff work closely with local schools and teachers to develop the CELL curriculum, ensure students can connect their classroom learning with real–world research activities, and imagine a future in science. Future plans include professional development programs to support and energize teachers.
At NIBR, we support local communities through volunteerism and philanthropic activities. Our major local-volunteer activity is Community Partnership Day, with associates expressing their individual commitment to corporate citizenship.
Held each spring, Community Partnership Day provides an opportunity for NIBR associates around the world to make a difference in their local communities.
Our philanthropic efforts are also global and broad in scope. At NIBR, we give back to society through direct contributions to organizations that advance science education, diversity and healthy living.
Nonprofit and other grant seeking organizations with approved tax-exempt status, particularly those located near a NIBR campus, are welcome to apply through our online database NIBR Giving.
Please note, this site is intended for U.S. organizations.