Roche Switzerland

A leader around the world and at home.

Innovation is a tradition here

Rooted in Switzerland and active throughout the world, we have been a Basel-based family company since the foundation in 1896. To this day, our founding families still hold the majority of our shares. Hardly any other company in the world has such a strong and stable ownership structure. Today we have four sites in Switzerland, with around 14,400 employees from over 100 nations.

Roche in Switzerland

Roche’s founder Fritz Hoffmann was a committed entrepreneur, convinced that the future belonged to branded pharmaceutical products.

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This is Roche


By numbers


Founded in Basel


employees in Switzerland

We spend 30%

of our research and development budget in Switzerland. This makes us one of the largest investors in the world.

We are local

Discover where we are and what we do

We are one big team

With 14,400 employees from over 100 nations, we are among the largest private employers and training operations in Switzerland. Every year, more than 400 young people begin apprenticeships with us in 15 different professions.

Roche brings together people from all over the world and from diverse cultures. And - eventually - something good and great emerges.
Cordula, Safety, Health & Environmental Protection

By numbers


employees from over 100 nations


trainees in 15 professions


of our workforce are women, around 26% in managerial positions

Our quest for progress

Switzerland is acknowledged to be one of the most innovative countries in the world, and we want to make sure it stays that way. Major research and development functions for Pharma and Diagnostics are located right here. A new research and development centre will be created in Basel by 2023. About a quarter of our global research and development budget is invested in Switzerland.

Roche is always looking for new ways to find good medicines – good active substances that will in turn help patients afterwards.
Fabienne, vocational training of laboratory technicians

We at Roche concentrate on discovering and developing innovative medicines and diagnostics that offer significant advantages over existing products and solutions. Today, we are Switzerland’s largest pharmaceutical company, and number one in biotechnology, cancer therapy and in vitro diagnostics.

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scientists in research and development.


CHF billion every year invested in research and development in Switzerland


Roche products have been approved in Switzerland

Our contribution to society

We have been working to improve people’s lives for more than 125 years. Our commitment goes far beyond the development of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic products. We meet our responsibility to people, society and the environment with various national, regional and local projects and initiatives.

Find out more on sustainability at Roche at

I think Roche has understood that sustainability also means considering future generations. Children are our future. They are the ones who have to make it in the world of tomorrow. I think it's a very good thing that we're acting in this way.
Nathalie, regulatory department
  • The word “sustainability” keeps coming up in this connection. But what does it actually mean? Find out what contribution Roche is making to a sustainable future.

  • Roche Children’s Walk: a charity walk held in collaboration with the European Coalition of Positive People (ECPP) and UNICEF Switzerland. More than 18,000 employees in 70 countries take part in the Roche Children’s Walk every year and collect donations for children in need in countries like Malawi, and Roche matches the total donated.

  • We support the Swiss Youth in Science and SimplyScience foundations, as well as the Zug Chamber of Commerce's Faszination Technik programme.

  • Our post-doctoral Fellowship Programme is just one of our major contributions to the promotion of science and young talent.

  • On the occasion of the company’s centenary in 1996 we presented the Museum Tinguely to the city of Basel, and we have been funding its operation ever since.

  • Roche Commissions awards composition commissions to contemporary composers for the Lucerne Festival.

  • We support the Roche’n’Jazz concerts in the Museum Tinguely in collaboration with the Bird’s Eye Jazz Club in Basel

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percent of our total energy consumption from renewable sources by 2025. Our long-term goal is to do entirely without fossil fuels and nuclear power.


kWh per year generated by the photovoltaic installation in Kaiseraugst. According to the Swiss Solar Prize 2017 this is a world record for solar power.

Building 1

is one of the most energy-efficient high-rises in the world.


goals for sustainable development defined by the United Nations, and we actively contribute to several of them.


times most sustainable healthcare company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices.

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