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LEADING OFF: ALCON BECOMES INDEPENDENT COMPANY

ALCON BECOMES INDEPENDENT COMPANY

Alcon has officially separated from Novaritis, becoming an independent, publicly traded company,

This means the company will have its own investment identity and a more efficient capital structure, enabling it to grow markets, enter adjacencies and conceive of new business models, according to a company-issued press release.

Alcon’s Fort Worth, Texas facility will remain as its major operational center. For additional information, visit the company’s new global website at www.alcon.com . OM