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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

se sessions focus on the development of improved manufacturing processes and provide a forum for Roche to share its knowledge and experience with those who have access to fewer resources. The knowledge gained by local manufacturers enables them to strengthen their manufacturing capability and increase manufacturing knowledge on the production of medicines beyond HIV.

Krishna Karnataki, General Manager GMP & Formulations of Shelys Pharmaceuticals in Tanzania, commented, "the practical support that Roche has provided has been a great learning experience for my team, enabling us to make improvements to our entire technical and quality systems. We have been enthused by this partnership and are eager to work with Roche on this initiative to help meet the needs of our people suffering from HIV infections, and improve availability of these badly needed medications."

Roche's dedicated team will work onsite at manufacturing facilities at all four locations and from its headquarters in Switzerland to undertake the

technology transfers. The companies will be able to produce saquinavir for supply throughout countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and to those defined as Least Developed by the United Nations, due to Roche's policy of not filing patents on antiretroviral medicines in these countries.

About Roche's Technology Transfer Initiative

Announced in January 2006, the Roche Technology Transfer Initiative provides local manufacturers with the technical expertise required to produce generic HIV medicines. Manufacturers in sub-Saharan Africa and the Least Developed Countries wishing to produce generic saquinavir for use in these countries will not be required to apply for a voluntary license because Roche has committed as part of its global policy not to enforce patents on antiretroviral medicines within these countries. Interested manufacturers should contact the Project Manager for the Technology Transfer Initiative at the Roche Kenya office: inf
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