Novartis Focuses On Training As Expansion In Singapore Gains Pace With Alcon Plant Opening
This article was originally published in PharmAsia News
Novartis AG’s Alcon unit was officially opened in Singapore with company executives and Singapore’s Economic Development Board announcing moves to fill jobs through specialized training programs that in turn beef up the country’s pool of highly-skilled manufacturing workers.
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