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Roche enters into new Aids Technology Transfers

9th January 2008

Roche has announced that its Technology Transfer Initiative will see four new transfers with local manufacturing firms in Africa and Asia receiving free technical expertise to support the production of generic HIV medicine.

Shelys Pharmaceuticals in Tanzania, Regal Pharmaceuticals in Kenya, CAPS Holdings in Zimbabwe and Beximco Pharmaceuticals will be provided with medicine based upon the processes to manufacture Roche’s second line HIV drug saquinavir.

William M Burns, Roche Pharma’s chief executive officer, confirmed that the new agreements highlighted the Technology Transfer Initiative’s “ongoing contribution” in supporting the work of local manufacturing capabilities in developing countries.

“With more local manufacturers now looking to scale-up production of essential medicines, the continued uptake of this initiative highlights Roche as an innovative leader in supporting sustainable solutions to improve HIV healthcare where it is needed most,” he added.

The initiative, launched in 2006, has now seen nine Technology Transfer agreements across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

In addition to the four new agreements, Roche has also organised a series of seminars for local manufacturers that are designed to focus on the development of improved manufacturing processes.

Last month, Roche announced the launch of a secondment scheme that would provide its employees with the opportunity to work in a developing country.

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