R&D spending: Here are the Top 10 firms

1. Roche Holding

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Nearly 200 Roche employees formed a blue circle in Indianapolis on Oct. 29 to show support for people around the world diagnosed with diabetes. The Swiss health-care giant boosted R&D spending 11.6 percent last year to take over the top spot from Toyota.

The Swiss-based global health-care company took over the top spot this year, spending $9.1 billion or 11.6 percent more than the year before. Although net income was down 22 percent, Roche’s operating profit and group sales both increased in 2009. The 114-year-old company has locations in almost 90 countries and specializes in innovating “products and services for early detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.”

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