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roche: Can Google, Amazon take on pharma’s mantle? Biotech giant Roche’s founders weigh in on the scenario.

From left, Jörg Duschmalé, member of board, Roche; André Hoffmann, Vice chairman of the board of directors, Roche. image courtesy: Roche.


Powered by the highest research spending in the industry, the world’s largest biotechnology company has built an array of first-in-class, industry-leading blockbusters. Besides, it keeps filling the revenue void left by patent expirations. André Hoffmann and Jörg Duschmalé, part of Roche’s founding family and board, share their thoughts on research, data, ownership, and management strategy.

A deadly cholera pandemic in 1896 triggered a scientific pursuit that created the world’s biggest biotechnology company, Roche. After an epochal journey of 125 years, Roche notched up sales of USD65 billion and a net income of USD15.4 billion last year. Although Roche may not be a household name in India, it has earned an enviable spot in the global pharmaceutical landscape. Over the years, the company has built an array of first-in-class,

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