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Roche shifts funding priorities

Pharmaceutical company Roche seems to be changing up its research focus. The company is pulling the plug on its HIV research program, and today offered more than $40 billion to buy up the 44% of biotech Genentech that it does not already own. A Roche spokesperson told linkurl:Chemical & Engineering News;http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/86/i29/8629notw7.html that there are no drugs in the company's HIV drug pipeline that warrant further development. They had been developing antiretrovirals, all of w

Andrea Gawrylewski
Pharmaceutical company Roche seems to be changing up its research focus. The company is pulling the plug on its HIV research program, and today offered more than $40 billion to buy up the 44% of biotech Genentech that it does not already own. A Roche spokesperson told linkurl:Chemical & Engineering News;http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/86/i29/8629notw7.html that there are no drugs in the company's HIV drug pipeline that warrant further development. They had been developing antiretrovirals, all of which were still at the preclinical stage. The HIV researchers at Roche will be reassigned to other therapeutic areas, the spokesperson said. She added that Roche will continue to support the HIV therapies it already makes, including linkurl:Fuzeon,;http://www.the-scientist.com/2007/03/01/s60/1/ a cell fusion inhibitor, which the FDA approved in 2003. Meanwhile, Roche linkurl:announced today;http://www.roche.com/med-cor-2008-07-21b its offer of $89 per share to buy Genentech's remaining public shares. Roche currently owns 55.9% of all the biotech's shares. Andreas Theisen,...
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