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Roche Engages in Four Additional AIDS Technology Transfers to Strengthen Local Manufacturing in World's Poorest Countries
Date:1/9/2008

- Free-of-charge expertise for factories in Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania and

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NUTLEY, N.J., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Roche today announced that it has entered into four new technology transfers with local manufacturing companies in African and Asian nations where improvements in access to anti-retroviral therapy are needed. These companies are Regal Pharmaceuticals in Kenya, CAPS Holdings in Zimbabwe, Shelys Pharmaceuticals in Tanzania and Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd in Bangladesh. As part of Roche's Technology Transfer Initiative, these companies will be provided free of charge with the technical expertise to manufacture generic HIV medicine, based upon the processes to produce saquinavir, Roche's second line(1) HIV medicine.

Since the launch two years ago, Roche has signed Technology Transfer agreements with a total of nine companies across sub-Saharan Africa and in Least Developed Countries in other parts of the world. Roche also has received similar requests from a total of 35 manufacturers in 15 eligible countries, including Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Roche will continue to work with these individual applicants to assess production capabilities.

William M. Burns, CEO Division Roche Pharma, said, "these new agreements highlight the ongoing contribution that our Roche Technology Transfer Initiative is making to help strengthen and expand local manufacturing capabilities for HIV medicines in resource-limited 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."

In addition to these four new agreements, Roche has expanded the Technology Transfer Initiative with training seminars for local manufacturers across sub-Saharan Africa and the world's Least Developed Countries. The
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