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Roche sites in Switzerland

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  • Roche is the largest supplier of medicines to hospitals in the Swiss domestic market. It is also the leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics.

  • Basel is one of the Roche Group’s most important centres of pharmaceutical research.

  • The global logistics and packaging centre in Kaiseraugst is one of the most modern in Europe, and Roche’s largest anywhere in the world.

  • Rotkreuz is the global headquarters of Professional Diagnostics, the Diagnostics Division’s largest business area.

  • In 2010 Roche had over 10,000 employees in Switzerland from more than 80 different nations. Roche’s Swiss organisation is one of the three largest in the Group, alongside those in the US and Germany.

  • With over 380 trainees in 18 different fields, Roche is one of Switzerland’s largest vocational training providers.

  • Roche is one of the largest privatesector employers in Switzerland.

  • Roche has invested nearly 2 billion Swiss francs in Switzerland since 2006, 400 million of it in 2010 alone.

  • Switzerland accounts for about a quarter of Roche’s global research and development expenditure.

  • Roche exports products worth roughly 20 billion Swiss francs a year, around 10% of total Swiss exports.

  • Roche is one of the three leading research institutions in Switzerland, with over 3,500 employees in research.

  • In the last two years the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products, Swissmedic, has fast-tracked five Roche drug approval filings.

  • Roche is the only company to have introduced five cancer treatments in Switzerland capable of improving patient survival.

  • Four out of five diabetes patients in Switzerland who use an insulin pump use a Roche product. This gives them greater independence and reduces medical costs.

  • Descendants of Roche’s founder still hold a majority of the company’s shares. Hardly any other major global company has such a strong, stable shareholder structure.

  • Roche is one of the five most highly capitalised Swiss companies listed on the Swiss stock exchange.

  • Roche is involved in numerous alliances and scientific collaborations with academic institutes in Switzerland.