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Therapeutic focus areas

Unwavering in our commitment to bring the best science to patients worldwide

Researching areas of unmet medical need

We’re constantly finding new ways to address patients’ most serious health issues. We concentrate our efforts on a core set of therapeutic areas—ones where we’ve proven our expertise, and where we feel we can have an even greater impact on disease and how it is managed.


Focusing on ground-breaking medicines to address chronic progressive diseases, including in rheumatology, dermatology, and gastroenterology.

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Investing in new pathways, technologies and approaches to tackle the most widespread and debilitating cancers.

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Discovering compounds that have the potential to treat chronic disabling neurological conditions and impairments, including MS, Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s.

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Eye Care

We’ve been creating innovative products and services for our patients for over 70 years and we continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in eye care each and every day.

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Partnering with patient advocates and leading stakeholders to help address unmet needs across the world for people living with HIV-1 and hepatitis C.

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With a single product, we invented an industry— and our pursuit of new possibilities in medical aesthetics will never stop.

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Other specialty areas

We continue to focus on research and development for other disease areas of significant need, always with an improved quality of life for patients in mind.

Women's health

We bring a collaborative and trailblazing dedication to the gynecologic care of women through our women’s health portfolio. We strive to introduce innovative therapies, develop best-in-class patient support programs and advocate for equitable policies that all work together to elevate women’s health – because when we prioritize women’s health, we can make communities stronger. Our focus is in two key areas: contraceptives that empower women to take charge of their family planning, and treatments to manage the acute menstrual health conditions of endometriosis and uterine fibroids. We are committed to being champions for women and will continue to evolve and learn so we can help bring innovative science and tangible solutions to women everywhere.

Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a rare, life-threatening, genetic disease that affects between 70,000 and 100,000 patients worldwide. In the US and UK, average life expectancy is 35 to 40 years old. In countries such as El Salvador, India and Bulgaria, life expectancy drops to below 15. There currently is no cure for CF. We are currently evaluating investigational compounds in early clinical phases for a triple combination therapy.

Diabetic nephropathy

Diabetic nephropathy, or diabetic kidney disease, is a common complication of diabetes and the leading cause of chronic kidney disease in the developing world. We are currently conducting a clinical study to assess the effects of an investigational drug on progression of kidney disease in patients with stage 2 to 4 CKD and type 2 diabetes.