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Novartis R&D update highlights industry leading development pipeline including potential blockbusters and advanced therapy platforms


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  • 26 potential blockbusters in confirmatory development[1]. 13 projects in clinical development across Cell, Gene & Radioligand therapies. 60 major submissions[2] planned from 2019 to 2021

  • AVXS101 in SMA type 1 on track for launch in H1 2019,  and clinical development underway in all other SMA subtypes

  • Progressing late-stage pipeline of medicines with potential to change the standard of care in high burden disease areas; MS (Mayzent[3]/BAF312 & OMB157), nAMD (RTH258), moderate to severe asthma (QAW039), sickle cell (SEG101) and lung cancer (ACZ885)

  • Maximizing key in-line brands CosentyxEntresto and Gilenya with potential new indications and data

 Throughout 2018, Novartis took strong action to focus the company and its capital towards the Innovative Medicines Division, resulting in an industry leading pipeline. Today Novartis holds an R&D and investor update in London which will provide deeper insights into the pipeline including the below.

Progressing cell, gene and radioligand therapy platforms with 13 therapies in clinical development, and 9 more expected to enter the clinic in 2019. The potentially foundational gene therapy AVXS101 delivers rapid, transformational and durable benefit in SMA Type 1, with regulatory approvals expected in US, EU and Japan in H1 2019. In Radioligand therapy, Novartis acquired AAA and successfully launched Lutathera in NET and has projects in development for indications beyond NET. Novartis announced the planned acquisition of Endocyte[4], which would expand the radioligand platform. Novartis also highlights one of the most comprehensive CAR-T development programs across multiple indications.

Novartis is advancing a pipeline of medicines with potential to change the standard of care in high burden disease areas. In multiple sclerosis, Mayzent[3] (siponimod, formerly BAF312) is expected to launch in Q1 2019 as the first and only drug proven to delay progression for typical patients living with SPMS. Also in MS, OMB157 (ofatumumab) is a next generation B-cell depletor with a potentially favorable safety profile from faster b-cell repletion and preserved immunity, and with a convenient monthly sub-cutaneous dosing. In moderate to severe asthma, QAW039 (fevipiprant) is targeting a unique profile of biologic efficacy with oral simplicity. In nAMD, RTH258 (brolucizumab) has the potential to reduce treatment burden by drying the retina better with fewer injections. In sickle cell disease, SEG101 (crizanlizumab) is a promising treatment with data from a pivotal trial showing patients have more Vaso-occlusive Crisis-free days and regulatory filings are expected in 2019. In lung cancer, ACZ885(canikinumab) has three phase lll trials in adjuvant NSCLC, 1st line NSCLC, and 2nd line NSCLC with an opportunity to become the standard of care in these settings.

Maximizing the potential of in-line brands with new data is a key development priority. Novartis is pursuing new indications and building out the data profile for Cosentyx, Entresto and GilenyaCosentyx is expected to be Novartis’ largest drug next year, with robust growth in all three approved indications, PSO, PSA and AS. Confidence in Cosentyx comes from 100 studies and an extensive phase III clinical trial program, including PREVENT in non-radiographic axial spondyloarthropathy, a potential fourth indication. Entresto’s position in HFrEF is being strengthened by new data that could increase initiation of therapy in hospitals. Entresto also has the potential to be the first approved treatment for HFpEF with the PARAGON-HF trial, with results expected in 2019. Gilenyacontinues to benefit from a wealth of data flow, including the recent approval for pediatric use as well as the ASSESS trial which showed superiority to Copaxone®.

For background slides and webcast (audio only) please refer to the following link: https://www.novartis.com/investors/event-calendar
The background slide decks will be available on Monday November 5th, 2018.

Notes
[1] Post-Proof of Concept clinical development
[2] Submissions in US, Europe and Japan.
[3] The brand name Mayzent has been provisionally approved by the FDA and EMA for the investigational product siponimod (BAF312), but the product itself has not been approved for sale in any country.
[4] Closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals and Endocyte stockholders approval. Until closing, Endocyte will continue to operate as a separate and independent company.

Disclaimer
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Additional Information and Where to Find It
This presentation may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed acquisition of Endocyte by Novartis AG. In connection with the proposed acquisition, Endocyte filed a preliminary proxy statement with the SEC on October 31, 2018, and intends to file other relevant materials with the SEC, including Endocyte’s proxy statement in definitive form. Stockholders of Endocyte are urged to read these materials (including any amendments or supplements thereto) and all other relevant documents filed with the SEC when such documents become available, including Endocyte’s definitive proxy statement, because they will contain important information about the proposed acquisition. Investors and security holders are able to obtain the documents (once available) free of charge at the SEC’s web site, http://www.sec.gov, or from Endocyte by going to its investor relations web site at http://investor.endocyte.com/investor-relations.

Participants in Solicitation
Novartis AG and its directors and executive officers, and Endocyte and its directors and executive officers, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the holders of Endocyte shares of common stock in respect of the proposed acquisition. Information about the directors and executive officers of Novartis AG is set forth in the excerpts of Novartis AG’s Annual Report for 2017, which was furnished to the SEC on Form 6-K on January 24, 2018 and incorporated by reference into Novartis AG’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017. Information about the directors and executive officers of Endocyte is set forth in the proxy statement for Endocyte’s 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 23, 2018. Information regarding interests of Endocyte’s participants in the solicitation is set forth in Endocyte’s preliminary proxy statement relating to the proposed acquisition, and will be set forth in other materials to be filed with the SEC relating to the proposed acquisition, including Endocyte’s definitive proxy statement.

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About Novartis
Novartis is reimagining medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. As a leading global medicines company, we use innovative science and digital technologies to create transformative treatments in areas of great medical need. In our quest to find new medicines, we consistently rank among the world’s top companies investing in research and development. Novartis products reach nearly 1 billion people globally and we are finding innovative ways to expand access to our latest treatments. About 125,000 people of more than 140 nationalities work at Novartis around the world. Find out more at www.novartis.com.


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