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Company Overview of Alcon, Inc.

Company Overview

Alcon, Inc. develops and manufactures eye care products for eye care professionals and their patients. It offers surgical products, which include technologies and devices for cataract, retinal, glaucoma, and refractive surgery; advanced technology intraocular lenses to treat cataracts and refractive errors, such as presbyopia and astigmatism; and advanced viscoelastics, surgical solutions, surgical packs, and other disposable products for cataract and vitreoretinal surgery. The company also provides pharmaceutical products for elevated intraocular pressure caused by glaucoma; anti-inflammatories; anti-infective to aid in the treatment of bacterial infections and bacterial conjunctivitis; oph...

6201 South Freeway

Fort Worth, TX 76134-2001

United States

Founded in 1945

16,700 Employees





Key Executives for Alcon, Inc.

Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President
Area President of Latin America and Caribbean (LACAR)
Vice President and Area President of Asia
Area President of U.S. and Canada
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Alcon, Inc. Key Developments

Alcon Announces Unaudited Earnings Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended December 31, 2014; Reports Impairment Charges

Alcon announced unaudited earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014. For the quarter, the company reported net sales were USD 2.7 billion against USD 2.66 billion a year ago. Operating income was USD 365 million against USD 172 million a year ago. Core operating income was USD 895 million against USD 851 million a year ago. Net sales led by robust growth in the Ophthalmic Pharmaceuticals and Surgical franchises. Operating income increased 112% driven by strong operating performance and the ending in 2013 of integration charges related to the acquisition of Alcon. Core operating income advanced 5% (+14% cc), driven by higher sales and productivity programs. For the full year, the company reported net sales were USD 10.83 billion against USD 10.5 billion a year ago. Operating income was USD 1.6 billion against USD 1.23 billion a year ago. Core operating income was USD 3.81 billion against USD 3.69 billion a year ago. The company reported total impairment charges of USD 1 million for the fourth quarter of 2014.

Google Picks Alcon to Manufacture Smart Contact Lenses

Alcon, the eye care division of Novartis, has agreed to license the technology Google has been working on and apply non-invasive sensors, microchips and other miniaturized electronics to a pair of smart contact products. The first product is the one all heard about already, where glucose levels are monitored through teardrops in the eye and reported to a smartphone. The second product is geared at helping farsighted users see better by restoring the eye’s natural ability to focus. These aren’t expected to be features that exist within the same contact lens just yet, but individually these lenses serve to dramatically improve the quality of life for their owners.

Alcon Opens Eye-Care Drug Manufacturing Plant

Alcon officially opened its first Asia-Pacific eye-care drug manufacturing plant here, a facility housing production, packaging and distribution under one roof. The $200 million plant, which started commercial operations last July, spans 330,000 sq ft of space in Tuas Biomedical Park. It is equipped with high-speed aseptic filling capabilities to produce 25 million bottles of drugs annually, making it the only site here that makes sterile finished products in such large volumes.

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