Roche got a green light from U.S. regulatory authorities to expand the use of two tests from its cobas assay line used to detect serious viral infections like HIV, hepatitis B and C and West Nile.
Roche has launched the Laboratory-in-a-tube technology it acquired when it bought iQuum in April for $275 million up front and up to $175 million in milestone payments. Roche is making the system available in the U.S. and Europe.
Roche's Lucentis may now have a bigger jump on Eylea in diabetic retinopathy. The Swiss drugmaker's Genentech unit won the FDA's "breakthrough" designation for that indication on Monday. And Lucentis was already on the FDA's priority review track, with a decision date in February.
Partners Roche and Exelixis are making their case to regulators with a melanoma-treating combination therapy, filing an FDA application for the fast-tracked treatment as they await European clearance.
Having shepherded Genentech's R&D operations through the takeover by Roche, Richard Scheller will retire at the end of 2014. Roche has lined up Michael Varney, Genentech's head of small molecule drug discovery, to replace Scheller.
Roche snatched up AvanSci Bio's tissue dissection technology for the analysis of tumors, diversifying its product offerings and continuing its molecular diagnostics push.
The flu season's most common viral strain has mutated, meaning this year's shots may not fully protect against it. But the so-called "drifted" strain may open up an opportunity for antiviral makers like Roche's Genentech and GlaxoSmithKline, with the CDC urging earlier use of anti-flu drugs to combat potentially severe symptoms.
How did Genentech persuade physicians to switch from $50-a-dose Avastin to $2000-a-dose Lucentis? According to The New York Times, consultation payments may have had something to do with it.
An Italian regional court is upholding charges levied earlier this year against Roche and Novartis, fining the companies €180 million for manipulating sales of Lucentis, their drug for wet age-related macular degeneration.
Roche has been on a diagnostics roll as of late, pushing for regulatory approval of proprietary technology and striking deals to gain a stronger foothold in emerging markets. Now, the Swiss drugmaker is entering the prenatal diagnostics space with its purchase of Ariosa Diagnostics.