Top 10 Companies in UK 2015

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3. GlaxoSmithKline plc

GlaxoSmithKline plc is a British multinational science-led pharmaceutical company.

• Revenue: $37.88 B

• Market Value: $114.1 B

It is headquartered in London, UK. It is the sixth largest pharmaceutical company in the world. GSK was formed as a result of a successful merger of Glaxo Wellcome plc and SmithKline Beecham plc in 2000. It focuses on researching and developing of innovative pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare products. It has commercial operations in more than 150 countries, large research and development centers in the UK, the USA, Belgium, China and Spain, and 84 manufacturing sites in 36 countries across the globe.

In 2009, GSK acquired Stiefel becoming a leader in skincare. Pfizer and GSK also launched ViiV healthcare, a company focused on delivering advances in treatment and care for HIV communities. In 2011, GSK received approval for Benlysta, the new Lupus treatment in 50 years. In March 2015, GSK acquired Novartis’s vaccines business (excluding influenza vaccines). Presently, GSK’s portfolio includes products for major disease such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, mental health etc.