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Roche acquires Verum Diagnostica GmbH as part of plan to develop comprehensive coagulation testing portfolio for diagnostic laboratories

Platelet function testing technology will complement Roche’s full line of coagulation analyzers targeted for introduction in US and Canada in 2014

Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today that it has signed an agreement under which it will acquire 100 percent of Verum Diagnostica GmbH, based in Munich, Germany. Verum Diagnostica is a leading company in platelet function testing, the fastest-growing field in the coagulation diagnostics market.

The acquisition supports plans Roche announced in October to expand its coagulation testing product line in North America beyond physician offices and outpatient clinics with the development of a full line of coagulation analyzers for hospital and reference laboratories. The new line is expected to be introduced in the U.S. and Canada in 2014, subject to regulatory approval and other requirements.

“Improving the assessment of a patient’s platelet function status is currently a significant unmet need for hematologists, cardiologists and anesthetists in order to support clinical decisions in cardiology, surgery and intensive care,” said Colin Brown, Head of Roche Professional Diagnostics. “With this acquisition we gain an innovative and unique platelet function testing solution which has the potential to set new standards of patient care in this area and perfectly complements our new coagulation portfolio.” Coagulation diagnostics has become an important area in clinical diagnostics and Roche has already begun to make significant investments in this field.

Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Roche will pay Verum Diagnostica shareholders a total cash consideration of eleven million euros, and potentially a further two million euros contingent upon reaching certain performance-related milestones. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in January 2012.

Laboratory coagulation is estimated to be the fifth-largest market in professional diagnostics worldwide, representing approximately 1.3 billion USD in sales in 2010 and having a projected annual growth rate of 5.1% over the next five years. Platelet function testing represents an unmet medical need and has the potential to expand the available market significantly.

About Verum Diagnostica

Verum Diagnostica GmbH is a 100 percent subsidiary of Dynabyte Informationssysteme GmbH, developing, producing and marketing the Multiplate analyzer, test cells and reagents for the determination of platelet function in whole blood for use in hospital laboratories and near-patient settings, such as interventional cardiology, surgery and intensive care. Operating globally in more than 45 countries, the company is based in the biotech cluster and academic center of Munich, Germany, and closely cooperates with an extensive network of clinical partners. Verum Diagnostica will become part of Roche’s Professional Diagnostics business area.

About Roche

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is a leader in research-focused healthcare with combined strengths in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, virology, inflammation, metabolism and CNS. Roche is also the world leader in in-vitro diagnostics, tissue-based cancer diagnostics and a pioneer in diabetes management. Roche’s personalised healthcare strategy aims at providing medicines and diagnostic tools that enable tangible improvements in the health, quality of life and survival of patients. In 2010, Roche had over 80’000 employees worldwide and invested over 9 billion Swiss francs in R&D. Genentech, United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche has a majority stake in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan.  Roche Canada was founded in 1931. The company employs approximately 900 people across the country, with its pharmaceuticals head office located in Mississauga, Ontario and diagnostics division based in Laval, Quebec. Roche Canada is actively involved in local communities, investing in charitable organizations and partnering with healthcare institutions across the country. For more information, visit www.roche.com or www.rochecanada.com.

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For further information please contact:

Betsy Cox
Director, Corporate Communications
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Indianapolis, Indiana USA
(317) 521-3911

betsy.cox@roche.com

Mélanie Lussier
Associate Manager, Communications
Roche Diagnostics Canada
Laval, Quebec, Canada
(450) 686-3137

melanie.lussier@roche.com

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