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Roche to Acquire Ventana for $89.50 per share
Date:1/22/2008

dge work in advancing disease detection and treatment. Our diagnostics and pharmaceuticals businesses in the U.S. employ more than 20,000 people and generate approximately $10 billion in sales (including Genentech), accounting for about 40% of the Roche Group's global annual revenues.
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About Ventana Medical Systems

Ventana develops, manufactures, and markets instrument/reagent systems that automate tissue preparation and slide staining in clinical histology and drug discovery laboratories worldwide. The company's clinical systems are important tools used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Ventana's drug discovery systems are used to accelerate the discovery of new drug targets and evaluate the safety of new drug compounds. Visit the Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. website at http://www.ventanamed.com.

Further information

- All documents on the offer to Ventana's shareholders: http://www.roche.com/info070625

Contacts for Roche:

Roche Group Media Office

Phone: +41 61 688 8888 / e-mail: basel.mediaoffice@roche.com

- Daniel Piller (Head of Roche Group Media Office)

- Alexander Klauser

Brunswick Group (for U.S. media)

Phone: +1 212 333 3810

- Steve Lipin

- Nina Devlin

MacKenzie Partners (for U.S. investors)

Phone: +1 212 929 5500

-Larry Dennedy

-Bob Marese

Contacts for Ventana:

Sard Verbinnen & Co (for media)

Phone: +1 212 687 8080

Anna Cordasco

Brooke Morganstein

Innisfree M&A Incorporated (for investors)

Phone: +1 212 750 5833

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