Roche Switzerland

A leader around the world and at home.

We have a long history

The descendants of the founder of Roche still make up the majority of Roche shareholders. Hardly any other major company in the world has such a stable and strong ownership structure.

The founder of Roche, Fritz Hoffmann-La Roche, was a pioneering entrepreneur who was convinced that the future belonged to branded pharmaceutical products.

Learn more about our history

By numbers

We are many

Roche is among the largest private employers in Switzerland and, with over 390 trainees in 14 different professions, one of the country’s largest providers of vocational training.

  • New jobs, new countries

    At new home away from home

    Global employees add crucial diversity to the Roche family in Switzerland

    Read Ineko’s story

  • Choosing a Career at Roche

    One purpose, many possibilities

    A promising scientist chose Roche, and never looked back.

    Read Andrew’s story

We are innovative

In Switzerland alone, last year Roche spent 2.4 billion Swiss francs in research and development. About one-quarter of Roche’s global research and development spending occurs in Switzerland.

Roche concentrates exclusively on innovative medicines and diagnostic approaches that offer decisive advantages over existing products and solutions. This clear focus made Roche the largest Swiss pharmaceutical company and no. 1 in the hospital market, in cancer therapy and in all areas of in-vitro diagnostics.

We are local

Discover where we are and what we do

We do a lot of good

For over a century, we've supported social causes, backed initiatives that encourage engagement with science and promoted cultural activities, all with a common aim: to make a lasting impact.

  • Sustainability is a word often used. But what actually lies behind it? See how Roche contributes to a sustainable future.

  • Roche Children’s Walk: sponsored walk in partnership with ECPP and UNICEF Switzerland. Employees collect donations for children in need in countries such as Malawi. Roche matches the collected donations.

  • Roche supports Schweizer Jugend forscht as well as SimplyScience and the Faszination Technik programme by the Zug Chamber of Commerce.

  • Roche is deeply involved in promoting science and young talent with programmes such as the Roche Postdoc Fellowship.

  • On its 100th anniversary in 1996, Roche donated the Tinguely Museum to the city of Basel, and since then it has financed the museum’s entire operations.

  • With Roche Commissions, Roche sponsors compositions by contemporary composers as part of the Lucerne Festival.

  • Roche supports the Roche’n’Jazz concerts at the Tinguely Museum in cooperation with the Bird’s Eye jazz club in Basel.

Our business divisions

Roche Pharma (Switzerland) Ltd.

The Roche Pharma division of Switzerland aims to realise holistic solutions in various areas of treatment.


Roche Diagnostics (Switzerland) Ltd.

Roche Diagnostics (Switzerland) Ltd helps our customers optimise their success for the benefit of patients.