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Life writes the questions

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Life writes the questions. Roche We Innovate Healthcare 1

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What will help me?

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When will the others notice?

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How much life is six months?

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What about my family?

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Will my life change?

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How many summers have I got left?

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Have I expected too much?

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Who can tell me if I’m doing the right thing?

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When it comes to disease there are as many questions as people. We can’t provide an answer to them all – but we can help with our expertise. 40 Roche We Innovate Healthcare Roche We Innovate Healthcare 41

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Innovation is our answer to medical challenges. Our daily work is saving patients’ lives and helping millions of people around the world. We continuously invest in medical research and development to provide new drugs and diagnostic products for conditions such as cancer, AIDS, hepatitis, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. 42 Roche We Innovate Healthcare Roche We Innovate Healthcare 43

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Roche in a nutshell Focus on unsolved medical problems Broad access to innovation We discover, develop and deliver innovative diagnostic and therapeutic products and services that transform patients’ lives and bring real benets – from early detection and prevention of diseases to diagnosis, treatment and treatment monitoring. 44 Roche We Innovate Healthcare For more than 110 years Roche has played a pioneering role in healthcare. Today, as world leader in in-vitro diagnostics, we supply a wide range of diagnostic instruments and tests for rapid and reliable disease detection and monitoring...

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Oncology 1,000,000,000 7,000,874 6587 423 1 US $ investment hours of work experiments researchers drug Cancer is not a single, static disease. It is a complex condition of which over 250 types have been identied so far. Its development involves a multitude of changes in the affected cells, and this makes it difcult to ght. World leader in innovative cancer drugs Roche currently has a number of innovative cancer drugs on the market. They give patients the most important thing in life: time to live. Five of these drugs – Herceptin, Avastin, MabThera/Rituxan, Xeloda and Tarceva – offer clear...

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Virology The revolution in our diagnostic instruments Viral diseases are an insidious and serious health hazard. Viruses are often not detected early enough, which allows them to spread uncontrolled. Their innite adaptability also makes them hard to target and trap. Flu is a real challenge to our immune system Every year u viruses attack the immune systems of 100 million people in Europe, Japan and the USA alone, and up to 500,000 people die each year worldwide. By changing their prole slightly every year, they make it difcult for our immune system to ght them off. In a joint project, Roche...

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Metabolism This drop can save lives Regulation of our body’s blood sugar level is a vital yet delicate balance, which can easily be disrupted. The result is diabetes. The WHO estimates that more than 180 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes. Type 2 diabetes – the commonest form of the disease – is now recognised globally as a growing epidemic. Independence for people with diabetes Diabetes isn’t a disease you can necessarily feel – to detect it and keep it under control, there’s no substitute for regularly checking your blood sugar levels. Testing takes just a single drop of blood...

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Inflammation Our contribution to enhancing quality of life Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common autoimmune diseases, affecting more than 21 million people worldwide. In 30–40% of cases conventional drugs are ineffective or poorly tolerated. Now, biopharmaceuticals are paving the way for a new treatment that can impede progression of the disease and prevent joint damage and pain. Roche goes to the root of the disease Our researchers are looking to deepen their understanding of the immune system and pinpoint the causes and course of arthritis. Their discoveries have already resulted...

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Central nervous system The most effective drug when it comes to the brain Central nervous system disorders are among the world’s greatest unresolved health problems, and Alzheimer’s disease is one of the biggest threats facing aging industrial societies. There is currently no prospect of a cure for Alzheimer’s, only the possibility of slowing its progression. Fighting forgetfulness with therapeutic antibodies We’re thinking outside the box to attack the disease at its root. We’re researching various strategies for dissolving the brain deposits, known as plaques, that are characteristic of...

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Personalised medicine This molecule makes the difference Our aim is to continue tailoring medicine as closely as possible to patients’ needs. As one of the world’s leading healthcare companies, and given our combined strengths in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, there’s no one better suited for the task of developing personalised medicine. People are different and so are diseases Individuals react differently to specic medications due to the variations in their genes. Moreover, many diseases occur in genetically distinct subtypes that vary in their clinical course and prognosis. Thus, two...

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There are as many answers as people. We continue to research individual solutions. 58 Roche We Innovate Healthcare Roche We Innovate Healthcare 59

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Published by F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd Corporate Communications 4070 Basel, Switzerland © 2008 All trademarks mentioned enjoy legal protection. This brochure is available in German, English, Spanish and French. Printed on FSC-certied paper Concept and design Interbrand Zintzmeyer & Lux, Zurich Printed in Switzerland by Birkhäuser + GBC, Reinach BL World Wide Web 60 Roche We Innovate Healthcare

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Published by F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd Corporate Communications 4070 Basel, Switzerland © 2008 All trademarks mentioned enjoy legal protection. 7 000 798 Roche We Innovate Healthcare

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